News Brief - 4/12/17 New program will prepare IT professionals to safeguard infrastructure and secure data AUSTIN To help meet the increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals in today’s workforce, WGU Texas is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (BSCSIA) degree program. This new program, which includes important industry certifications, will prepare students to use knowledge and experience in risk management and digital forensics to safeguard infrastructure and secure data through continuity planning and disaster recovery operations. Offered through WGU Texas’ College of Information Technology, the BSCSIA was created in collaboration with industry and academic experts, ensuring that the coursework is relevant for today’s cybersecurity needs. Students can apply now and begin their BSCSIA program as early as June 1, 2017. Coursework in WGU Texas’ BSCSIA includes IT fundamentals, training in using software analysis techniques, web engineering, cloud management, and networking strategies to prevent, detect, and mitigate cyberattacks. This program also features nationally recognized, high-demand certifications in the field of cybersecurity from CompTIA, ISACA, Certified Internet Webmaster, and more, that BSCSIA students can earn at no additional charge. In addition to the Bachelor’s and M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, WGU Texas offers seven bachelor’s degrees in IT-related study areas and three additional graduate degrees in IT. “As cyber threats and security breaches increase, the demand for highly-skilled cybersecurity experts will continue to expand, making WGU Texas’ IT College an even more attractive option for students,” said WGU Texas Chancellor Veronica Vargas Stidvent. “WGU Texas is uniquely positioned to help educate and develop top talent.” “There is huge demand nationally for those who can navigate the increasingly important field of cybersecurity,” said WGU College of Information Technology National Director Myles Vogel. “Upon completion of WGU’s new BSCSIA degree program, graduates will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and capabilities they need to succeed in the cybersecurity industry.” The BSCSIA, like all WGU Texas programs, is online and competency-based, allowing working professionals to study and learn on their own schedules and advance as soon as they demonstrate mastery of course materials. And, it’s WGU Texas’ competency-based learning that provides working professionals greater flexibility in obtaining their degree. “I’ve worked in the computer science field since the late 90s. The rapidly evolving landscape of Information Technology has challenged me to constantly grow my skill set beyond a basic understanding of security, networking, regulatory compliance, and business continuity. Based on the unique approach of WGU Texas, I was able to complete my degree and work full time in a dynamic, high pressure office setting where my free time was at a premium,” said Nnaemeka Emejulu of Austin, who earned his Master of Science in Information and Security Assistance and works for a multinational tech company. WGU Texas’ affordable tuition of about $6,000 per year and flexible learning model make it possible for busy adult students to earn an accredited degree that includes industry certifications on a busy schedule. Learn more about WGU Texas’ new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance degree program at texas.wgu.edu/bscsia and by following @WGUTexas on social media.