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State Department, no one has been safe
hackers, determined to steal state secrets,
credit-card information or salacious emails, are
wreaking havoc on networks around the globe.
that's who! And, Middlesex is preparing the
next generation of high-tech warriors to
enter the fray.
are enrolled in MCC's Cybersecurity degree and
certificate programs. They are learning how
to secure computer networks and stop cyber
villains in their tracks.
vision. And their high-tech "Batcave" is a new
state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Lab on the fourth
floor of the Pollard Building on Middle Street in
review of the college's IT program
"The U.S. Department of
2020, a faster-than-average outlook," he
explained. "They also project more than
65,000 new jobs requiring cybersecurity
skills this decade."
creation and evolution of the Cybersecurity
Program was a team effort. Long-time Computer
& Engineering Technology Professor Mohammad
Moghimi was the driving force behind the
curriculum development and creation of the lab
specifications, they explained. STEM associate
professors Syeda Ferdous Begum and Ryan
Fried also provided key input.
knowledge and insight," Sweeny said. "It is his
legacy, and his expertise was instrumental to
getting it up and running."
the college's former Computer, Software
and Networking Technology, and IT General
Studies degree programs. They were replaced
with the new Cybersecurity Transfer Program,
which provides a path for students to earn an
associate degree and either enter directly into
the workforce, or transfer to a four-year school
to earn a bachelor's degree.
Certificate, and an Advanced Certificate
designed for students who have worked one
year or longer in network administration,
used grant funding from BATEC (Broadening
Advanced Technological Education
Connections), headquartered at UMass Boston
and sponsored by the National Science
Foundation. Support also came from MCC's
portion of a $20 million U.S. Department
of Labor STEM grant awarded to the
commonwealth's 15 community colleges, and
a $117,086 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant
to build the program, and subsequently the
with input from MCC's IT Advisory Board,
which is made up of local industry leaders from
Mitre Corp. and MIT Lincoln Labs, among
others. The curriculum guidelines were
established by the NSA, U.S. Department
of Homeland Security, and Centers of
Academic Excellence in Information