Fairfield University partners with Pulse Secure for cybersecurity education

Fairfield University and Pulse Secure, have announced a new partnership to educate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The Connecticut-based University is now offering a flexible 30-credit Master of Science in Cybersecurity programme, which will reportedly leverage Pulse Secure technology in its new state-of-the-art cybersecurity lab.

“Security threats thrive off distraction and working through stressful situations is an important part of the job,” said Justin Hickey, Fairfield University CISO. “As such, our new lab prepares the next generation of cybersecurity professionals by providing them a realistic simulation of the many challenges they will encounter in the real world. This lab is a critical step forward for the cybersecurity industry and we are thrilled to partner with Pulse Secure to teach the importance of secure access and Zero Trust principals.”

For the University’s cybersecurity lab, Pulse has supplied its secure access solutions which includes; a virtual private network (VPN) and network access control (NAC), to support its hands-on cyber curriculum, as well as to ensure a protected and observable class environment that will prepare students to address information and security challenges businesses face today.

Curricular enhancements in conjunction with the new lab include the formal creation of a cybersecurity certificate programme, a minor in the subject, and core engineering courses in cybersecurity, which is a required area for ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation of the Computer Science programme.

The lab provides a dedicated facility for the data science graduate programme and the professional certificate in software engineering with a concentration in cybersecurity. It also offers Fairfield the capability host SOE (State Owned Enterprise) courses and demonstrations for industry leaders.




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