The Cybersecurity Program at BSCTC prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers in computer information technologies.
BSCTC Launches Cybersecurity Program
Prestonsburg, Ky – Big Sandy Community & Technical College has launched a cybersecurity program to meet the needs of an ever-growing demand for high-paying jobs in the computer technology field.
Cybersecurity is necessary for every aspect of our society. Organizations that do electronic business are required to keep the information they handle secure from hackers and others. Many organizations are just identifying the need for cybersecurity professionals. Data and networks must be secured to do business in the world today. Companies often hire consulting agencies or hire cybersecurity specialists to secure networks.
BSCTC’s cybersecurity program prepares students to design, develop, and maintain secure computer systems and provide security for the users they service. Students in this program will study cybersecurity related to hardware, software, user, and data security. The Network Defense track will be available with classes in cyber science, cryptography and forensics.
“As a society, we depend on the security of our digital information and intellectual property. At BSCTC, we are training cybersecurity professionals to pursue high-wage, meaningful careers in central Appalachia,” stated Dr. Sherry Zylka, President/ CEO of BSCTC.
The Computer and Information Technologies Program prepares students for entry-level positions in information security and network administration.
Current data indicates there are currently over 2,300 job openings in cybersecurity in Kentucky (Cyberseek 2021). Data from the Kentucky Center for Statistics Kentucky Future Skills Report (2020) show the fastest-growing occupations for eastern Kentucky are computer and mathematical occupations. The report classifies cybersecurity as a fast-growing sector.
Registration for fall classes in cybersecurity and computer information technology is open. For more information, contact Dr. Kathryn Miller at Kmiller0045@kctcs.edu, message the BSCTC Facebook page, or call 606-886-3863.