Cybersecurity programs prepare students for prestigious EC-Council certifications.
Utica College has been designated as an Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) by EC-Council. EC-Council is one of the premier certifying bodies in the field of cybersecurity. EC-Council certifications are in high demand, especially among technical employers and companies. The EC-Council Academic Center of Excellence is a prestigious program designed with the purpose of recognizing and honoring overachieving academic partners in the cybersecurity industry; while uniting the community of academic institutions, instructors and students globally. This program focuses on creating a cyber-network of certified academic partners in the industry that provide high quality education so they can position their students to excel and utilize their skills properly in today's workforce.
What this means is that students enrolled in a cybersecurity program at Utica College will be able to test for particular EC-Council certifications, at a discounted rate. Utica College offers bachelor and master degree programs in cybersecurity and cyber policy, with different areas of specialization. The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program offers five specializations in information assurance, cybercrime and fraud investigation, network forensics and intrusion investigation, homeland security and emergency management, and cyber operations. At the graduate level, the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program offers three specializations in intelligence, computer forensics, and cyber operations, while the Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis program offers two specializations in Cyber Policy and Cyber Data Fusion and Analysis. Many of these specializations are designed to help prepare the students for prestigious EC-Council certifications, such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Network Security Administrator (ENSA), and Certified Security Analyst (ECSA).
Utica College has also been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. This prestigious five-year designation puts Utica College in the elite ranks of colleges and universities with cybersecurity curricula, faculty and facilities that meet or exceed very stringent national criteria. In addition, Utica College was the seventh institution of higher learning in the country to earn a National Center for Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) from the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), a U.S. Department of Defense agency.