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FSU Approved to Offer Bachelor's in Secure Computing and Information Assurance

Frostburg State University has just received approval to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in secure computing and information assurance, a program unique to the Western Maryland region, which will help meet the regional, state and national shortage of cybersecurity professionals.

The program was approved by both the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

The program focuses on how to secure digital communications, information and access while being connected to the global community. Experiential education opportunities are found throughout the program. Examples can be found in courses such as “Cloud Computing and Security,” “Hacking Exposed and Incident Response” and “Emerging Issues and Cyber Warfare.”

“As the world progressively moves more of its business online, it is increasingly important to secure this information and protect it from attack and theft. Frostburg State University is proud to help meet this need and provide our students with instruction from highly skilled faculty with industry experience,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “Employers in our immediate region have been eager to hire graduates with these skills.”

The program will prepare students for careers as information assurance specialists, cyber forensics analysts, incident response experts, information technology managers, corporate network managers, quality assurance specialists and other careers requiring a background in cybersecurity and information assurance.

“This degree has the potential to bring a badly needed economic boost to the region,” said Dr. Brad Rinard, chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technologies. “We have received a high level of interest from current students, potential students and working professionals who would like to pursue a career in the cybersecurity field.”

President Obama has declared that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation” and that “America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.” In the state of Maryland, USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan chaired the Cyber Security Task Force, which identified the need for expanded educational offerings in the areas of secure computing and information assurance.

The Secure Computing and Information Assurance program is the latest in FSU’s continuing effort to develop programs that address those areas of the workforce that are facing a critical shortage of employees with the appropriate education, including Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing, information technology and engineering, the Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Science in Applied Computer Science degrees, and the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

The secure computing and information assurance program will be housed in FSU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technologies. For more information, contact Rinard at

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or -end-

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