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Utica College celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month with Waived Fees and a Complimentary Webinar

UTICA, N.Y. (10/07/2013)

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Utica College will waive the usual application fee for its bachelors and masters Cybersecurity programs.

Utica will waive the application fee for applications to these two Cybersecurity programs, for the entire month of October, a savings of up to $50.

In addition, the college will host a complimentary webinar on Intelligence Driven Operations on Wednesday, October 9 at 7p.m. EST. Professor Vernon McCandlish, Cyber Security Analyst and Malware Reverse Engineer, will detail critical skills, such as:

  • • Identifying your organization's assets and vulnerabilities
  • • Understanding your opponents and threat agents
  • • Prioritizing the threats to your own organization
  • • Knowing what needs protecting and mitigating the risks

Professor McCandlish earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in Economic Crime Management from Utica College. He had a 20-year career with the New York State Troopers, attaining the rank of Zone Sergeant, and worked on many technology-related cases. He is currently a Cyber Security Analyst and Malware Reverse Engineer for ITT Exelis Inc. Professor McCandlish holds three industry certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and GIAC's Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM). With a love for technology that began at a very young age, Professor McCandlish has also worked as a contract programmer on many projects, including several multiplayer on-line games.

Students can apply for the bachelors and masters Cybersecurity programs with a waived application fee by visiting to register for the complimentary webinar by Professor McCandlish visit

About Utica College:
Utica 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 more than 4,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 29 minors, 20 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.