Cybersecurity Career Preparation

Those interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity have numerous resources available to them.

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Cybersecurity Training Opportunity

The Department of Computer Science is offering Marquette University students, independent of academic program or college affiliation, an opportunity to apply for training in cybersecurity. Through a grant provided to the Department of Computer Science by ULINE, students will be provided 1-year unlimited access to the Infosec Skills training platform. The Infosec skills training platform provides more than 600 courses, 160 online labs, and 1,000 hours of online training. Access to training will be administered through the Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense.


Infosec provides learning paths that feature preparation for prominent industry-recognized cybersecurity certifications such as COMPTIA Security+, COMPTIA Network+, COMPTIA Certified Advanced Security Professional (CASP), COMPTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+), ISACA Certified Information Security Manager, Cisco Certified Network Manager (CCNA), (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and more. The certifications require passing an exam and many require work experience. The cost of the exam is not included in the opportunity that we are offering. The value of the scholarships is over $400.

 

Eligibility

  • Students must have an intention of studying in a Marquette computing-related discipline (undergraduate or graduate school program) for 2 years (the 1-year of training and one additional year).
  • Students must agree to complete at least 3 learning paths, COMPTIA Network+, COMPTIA Security+, and COMPTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) during the 1-year access to the Infosec Skills platform.
  • Students must have an intention to actively participate in the Cyber SUSS (SOC, UEBA, SIEM and SOAR) Lab and the activities of the Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense in the year following access to training.

Application

To apply for this 1-year training opportunity students must,

  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a Marquette faculty member or cybersecurity professional
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose that includes description of eligibility (including credits remaining until completion of the academic program and GPA) and thoughts about cybersecurity career goals after completion of the academic program.
  • Submit a Qualifications Statement that documents academic courses and other computing and cybersecurity related experiences that indicate they have acquired knowledge skills and abilities related to cybersecurity careers.
  • Submit the full application via email to Dr. Tom Kaczmarek, Thomas.Kaczmarek@marquettte.edu

Questions

If you have any questions about the available training, eligibility, the CYBER SUSS Lab, or the application process, please contact Dr. Tom Kaczmarek, Director Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense. Thomas.Kaczmarek@marquettte.edu or 248-797-4541 or 414-288-6734

DoD Cyber Scholarship Opportunity

Because Marquette University has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for the track Master of Science in Computing with a specialization in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense, we are eligible to seek scholarships for students in the program. This includes students in the Advanced Degree Program (5-yr B.S./M.S.), who can be covered for their senior year and the M.S. degree, students seeking our 2-year Career Change specialization, designed for those without prerequisite coursework, or the traditional 2-year M.S. degree. The specialization is available in all of these options. The DoD scholarships are offered through grants to the university as part of the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP).

The Application Background and Requirements documentation for the CySP describes the program as follows:

"Cybersecurity is considered so important to our national defense that a formal DoD CySP was established by the National Defense Authorization Act for 2001 (Public Law 106- 398). The DoD is seeking ... graduate/ doctoral students who are interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies in cybersecurity and other cyber-related disciplines. Students selected for the program will receive full scholarships. This requires the student to agree to serve one year of service to the DoD, upon graduation, for each year or partial year of scholarship received, in addition to the internship identified ... During breaks in their academic studies, Cyber Scholars will receive progressive, hands-on experience in information security internships. In return, scholars must agree to some restrictions and obligations regarding curriculum, GPA, and pre- and post- program employment. If all conditions are met, Cyber Scholars will receive full-time conditional/permanent positions in Components of the DoD upon program completion."

Follow this link for more details about the scholarship opportunity.

Cybersecurity Jobs Heat Map and Career Pathways

The national heat map showing cybersecurity jobs has been updated with new data and other features to align with the NICE workforce framework. The the CyberSeek.org portal provides access to the heat map and additional information about career pathways.

Education Programs

 In addition to the program at Marquette University, there are a number of academic programs in Wisconsin offering education and training for cyber defense. Examples include the specialization in our master's degree, undergraduate concentrations within baccalaureate programs, two-year degrees, and technical certificate programs. Due to the growing interest in cyber defense the list of program is expanding. Programs in Wisconsin include the following:

  • Marquette University offers a Specialization in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense within the master's in computing program. This curriculum path is associated with the designation of Marquette University as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by DHS and NSA.
  • Madison Area Technical College offers an IT–Network Security Specialist Associate Degree in Applied Science and an IT-Information Security certificate program
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College offers several programs. an associate degree and an accelerated associate degree in IT - Information Systems Security Specialist. They also offer a Digital Forensic Analyst Technical Degree and certificates in Information Security Fundamentals, Infrastructure Security; IT-Security Auditing, and System Administration and Security.
  • University of Wisconsin–Parkside offers a 9-credit certificate in Cyber Security It is the first computer science certificate offered by a four-year university in Wisconsin that meets the Committee on National Security Systems National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011.
  • Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) received designation as one of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense 2-Year Education (CAE-2Y) in recognition of campus activities and the curriculum in the IT - Network Security Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree. It is the only technical program in the State of Wisconsin to receives such recognition from the National IA Education & Training Program (NIETP). WCTC also offers a 16-credit Technical Certificate as a Cyber Security Specialist.
  • University of Wisconsin–Stout, Wisconsin's Polytechnic University, offers a Cyber Security concentration within its bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and computer science degree.
  • Moraine Park Technical College offers a 12-credit Information Technology – Information Security certificate at its Fond du Lac campus.
  • University of Wisconsin–Whitewater offers an emphasis on networking and security within its information technology and supply chain management department.

Certifications

There are professional training programs leading to professional certification. These include:

  • CompTIA--Security+
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals--CIPP
  • Global Information Assurance Certification--GIAC
  • (ISC)2 Information Security Training--CAP, CISSP, ISSMP, ISSAP, ISSEP
  • EC Council--CEH, CHFI, LPT.ECSA
  • IACRB Information Assurance Certification--CCFE, CDRP, CREA, CSSA, CWAPT, CPT,CEPT
  • ISACA Information Security Training--CRISC,CGEIT,CISA, CISM