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Utica College Waives Application Fees in Celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Utica, NY (10/1/2014) — In celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Utica College will waive the usual application fee for its on campus and online bachelors and master's Cybersecurity programs during October.

In addition, the college will host a complimentary webinar on Cold War II: Battling for Information Supremacy in the 21st Century on Tuesday, October 7 at 1 p.m. EST., presented by Austen Givens, author and expert on counterterrorism, emergency management, and cybersecurity.

The second Cold War is here. Yesterday's nukes have become today's bytes. A cyber war is happening right now, every day, with countries like China, Russia, Iran, and the United States electronically attacking and counterattacking one another in attempts to steal data and destroy infrastructure. What does this mean for government agencies? What are the implications of Cold War II for businesses? This one hour webinar will present answers to these and similar questions.

Givens is co-author of The Business of Counterterrorism: Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security (Peter Lang, May 2014) the increasingly powerful influence of businesses in functions ranging from disaster management to cybersecurity. His articles have appeared in "The International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection," "The Journal of Strategic Security," "Emergency Management Magazine," "The Richmond Times-Dispatch" and "The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis at Syracuse University."

Givens has worked with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Virginia Fusion Center. He holds a master's degree in homeland security and emergency preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is working towards his Ph.D. in Public Policy at King's College London. Givens studied international relations in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, and is a fellow with Virginia Commonwealth University's National Homeland Security Project.

Austen Givens is also a professor of practice in cybersecurity at Utica College, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on critical infrastructure protection, homeland security, counterterrorism, emergency management, cyber incident management, and network security.

Utica College was recently designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE IA/CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The college has also earned designation as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

Visit to apply for the online bachelors and masters Cybersecurity programs and take advantage of the waived application fee.

To register for the complimentary webinar, visit

About Utica CollegeUtica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 4,000 students in 36 undergraduate majors, 27 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.