Booz Allen Hamilton and University of Maryland University College Launch Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate Program

Strategic Alliance Supports Mandate to Bolster U.S. Cyber Workforce

Oct 20, 2010, 10:00 ET from Booz Allen Hamilton

McLEAN, Va., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Booz Allen Hamilton today announced the formation of a strategic partnership with University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to offer students three online graduate certificates in cybersecurity. The program, which blends Booz Allen's knowledge of emerging cybersecurity needs with UMUC's reputation of excellence, comes as the United States strives to build a competitive, forward-thinking cyber workforce.

Offered through UMUC's Web-based learning technology, course credits are applicable to the University's full Master of Science in Cybersecurity or Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy. Each certificate has a unique focus:

  • Foundations of Cybersecurity teaches students to assess measures to prevent anticipated cyber intrusions, employ the experiences from past cyber intrusions to mitigate future cyber threats, and formulate and implement enterprise-level policies to successfully prevent and detect cyber intrusions.

  • Cybersecurity Policy equips students with the skills to assess the scale and scope of the risk of potential cyber threats at the enterprise, national and global level; organizational controls that can detect cyber intrusions as quickly as possible; and responses to unanticipated and anticipated cyber intrusions to restore the operations of an organization.

  • Cybersecurity Technology offers students the opportunity to learn to analyze cybersecurity issues from different perspectives, lead teams of cybersecurity professionals and make strategic decisions to prevent and protect entities from cyber threats.

The courses are available today to Booz Allen employees who are graduate-level students interested in taking advantage of the Web-based initiative to enhance their knowledge of the expanding role of cybersecurity.  They will become available to the general public in the spring 2011 semester. Booz Allen employees can use the company's tuition reimbursement program to fund their enrollment.

"Our nation's ability to successfully protect our critical infrastructure and information systems from attacks hinges on a trained, ready cyber workforce," said J. Michael (Mike) McConnell, Executive Vice President at Booz Allen. "At a time when the public and private sector gaps in cyber professionals are cavernous, we are pleased to partner with UMUC to deliver a program aimed at fortifying this workforce."

UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge remarked, "UMUC's mission is to offer top-quality educational programs that serve working adults while responding to the workforce needs of our state, nation and world. UMUC's partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton is a testament to that mission, providing employees with graduate-level training to address the needs of the company's clients and our nation in negotiating the rapidly changing field of cyber warfare, combating cyber crime and much more."

For more information about Booz Allen's Cybersecurity expertise, visit our website.

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the US government in the defense, intelligence and civil markets. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs more than 23,800 people, and had revenue of approximately $5 billion in its latest fiscal year.

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