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Rise of Internet creates new opportunities for trained workforce focused on security.

CyberWatch West LogoGlendale Community College (GCC) has become an institutional member of CyberWatch West (CWW), an organization dedicated to increasing the quantity and quality of the Cyber security workforce throughout the western United States. One of its main missions is furthering information-security (InfoSec) education in high schools and two- and four-year colleges. CyberWatch West also aims to raise awareness and build viable partnerships among academia and industry.

President Obama has declared, “Cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. American economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.”

According to The Baltimore Sun (October 21, 2012), “Cyber security industry analysts expect the market to grow more than 50 percent in the next four years, even as other types of defense spending are expected to flatten or decline.”

“The increased need for cyber security is leading to a critical need for a trained cyber security workforce,” said Cathleen Aubin Barton, Education Manager for Southwest Intel Corp.

To keep up with the ever-evolving needs of industry, GCC offers a range of programs geared to professional development in computer networking and information security. Programs include an Associate in Applied Science degree and a Certificate of Completion in various aspects of information security; network administration, maintenance and technology; and Microsoft-sanctioned certification programs.

More information:  David Jenkins, david.jenkins@gccaz.edu.

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