An Exciting Career with a Bright Future

“Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers – organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative – if we don’t solve these security problems, then people will hold back.” – Bill Gates

Cybersecurity is a career focus in computer science with strong demand today that is predicted to grow rapidly in the future.

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics,  “Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.”

To succeed in this field, students will need up-to-the-minute preparation: the latest coursework and training with the most powerful technology.  Thanks to a grant by the U.S. Dept. of Education Title III-A Strengthening Institutions program, Quincy University has constructed a dedicated Cybersecurity Computer Lab and employed an experienced leader to construct a dynamic and robust curriculum.

Courses will feature such topics as:

  • Codes and Ciphers
  • Cryptology
  • Intro to Databases
  • Applied Networks and Security
  • Fundamentals of Information Assurance
  • Network Interconnection Technologies
  • Introduction to Local Area Networks
  • Fundamentals of Network Security

Quincy University’s Division of Science and Technology is widely recognized for the professional accomplishments of its graduates.  Thanks to a highly favorable teacher student ratio and the resources of the Student Success Center, QU offers an unparalleled level of support to learners. A dynamic program of undergraduate internships and career services prepare students for a smooth transition from classroom to the workplace.

 

 

What’s New in Computer Science at QU? 

 New Courses in the Computer Science Program 

Fall 2020: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 

  Machine Learning 

Fall 2021: Introduction to Data Science 

Fall 2022: Game Design and Development I 

 Mobile Programming 

Courses are taught using the new Cybersecurity Lab, 3-D Printer/Networking Lab, and Robotics Lab (shown above). 

 


 

Dr. Lavanya Mandava
Title III Coordinator of Cybersecurity

Degrees/educational institutions:

MS, Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
PhD, Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Previous relevant experience:

I have diverse research experiences that have spanned many different fields, including system security. Specifically, my work focused on the security issues of data storage and reliability methodologies for the security of complex systems.

What are you most looking forward to in your new Title III role?

I am looking forward to developing a strong curriculum for the cybersecurity program  and for the enhancement of the computer science department. I’m eager to  teach and train students to become computer science and/or cybersecurity professionals.

What can students hope to gain from improvements made by Title III in the area you coordinate?

Qualified cybersecurity professionals are currently in extremely high demand, and that demand is expected to rise in the future.

Coordinator of Cybersecurity

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