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About Cybersecurity

 

Mission

 

The mission of the Computer Science and Cybersecurity programs at the University of Central Missouri is to

 

  • Provide up-to-date undergraduate and graduate programs which enable students to enrich their knowledge and prepare them for careers in computing profession and/or advanced graduate study;
  • Provide computer-related service courses to enhance student learning and fulfill the needs of the 21st century workforce;
  • Support and encourage the professional development of its faculty in areas of service, leadership roles in professional organizations, scholarly research, and grant writing.

 

 

What is Cybersecurity?

 

Cybersecurity, also referred to as information security, focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction.

 

Why is Cybersecurity important?

 

Recent cyber attacks on large retailers like Target, large banks like J.P. Morgan Chase and Anthem-one of the largest health insurance providers again highlighted the need for increased cybersecurity education and training of existing workforce and preparing a new generation of cybersecurity workers ready for securing our cyberspace from intruders and attackers. The Federal government has recognized the importance of cybersecurity at all levels and a Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) was established by President George W. Bush in 2008 and continued by President Obama. CNCI Initiative#8 puts emphasis on expanding Cyber Education “to develop a technologically-skilled and cyber-savvy workforce with the right knowledge and skills”.

 

During a Senate hearing in March 2013, the nation's top intelligence officials warned that cyber attacks and digital spying are the top threat to national security, eclipsing terrorism. As a matter of fact, Missouri ranks 5th in the U.S. in the number of cybersecurity breaches according to the St. Louis Business Journal.