MISSOULA – Missoula College University of Montana will begin offering a certificate in network and information security during spring semester. The certificate proposal was reviewed at the Jan. 7 Board of Regents meeting.
The new professional certificate is designed to prepare computer and networking professionals for a career in the emerging field of computer security. It will provide experience in business continuity, computer system design, risk assessment, mitigation techniques, contingency planning, data integrity, security investigation and troubleshooting.
“Cybersecurity is a significant national and international issue, and this new certificate will provide our students with the education, experience and technical skills to protect computer systems,” UM Provost Perry Brown said. “This new certificate will help prepare graduates for work in Montana’s growing cyber industry.”
Students in the new program will apply security procedures used by IT professionals in computer forensics, information assurance, cryptography, enterprise security, access control, network security, software development security and disaster recovery. The course will be offered entirely online.
“In addition, the Cyber Innovation Laboratory we are developing on campus will provide a training site for certificate program participants, who will experience solving real-world cybersecurity problems,” Brown said.
The coursework will launch this spring with the first two courses, and the second two courses will be added in the fall. The certificate consists of four classes delivered online totaling 16 credits. Administrators expect at least 10 students will sign up for the initial program.
“We couldn’t be more excited for the launch of this new program,” said James Grunke, CEO of the Missoula Economic Partnership. “This definitely will enhance Montana’s and Missoula’s growing technology sector and provides vital connection between UM and Montana’s cyber businesses to grow our economy and provide meaningful new opportunities for UM students.”