Eric Berkowitz
“This is a benefit for students, who not only will be able to meet the challenge of protecting our nation’s information, but also will be in demand as members of a growing cyber defense community.” Eric G. Berkowitz Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Roosevelt's Center for Cyber Security

Roosevelt University has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency (NSA).

The Center for Academic Excellence designation recognizes Roosevelt as a leader in providing educational opportunities that address the nation’s critical shortage of cyber defense professionals. 

This certification, which places Roosevelt among leading cyber-security education programs in higher education today, runs through 2023.

“Roosevelt University has a mission of preparing its graduates to become socially conscious leaders who strive to make a positive difference in the world,” said Bonnie Gunzenhauser, dean of Roosevelt’s College of Arts and Sciences

“Cyber defense definitely aligns with that mission, and we are proud to be recognized by NSA as a comprehensive resource for cyber security, which is a critical need for the nation,” said Gunzenhauser.

The University’s new Center for Cyber Security houses a Bachelor of Science in Cyber and Information Security degree program, as well as a range of programming related to cyber defense. Graduates of the new program are likely to find lucrative job opportunities and to be in demand as professionals. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor is predicting information security analysts, who earn a median salary of $95,500 annually, will be among the 20 fastest growing occupations through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

“The NSA certification establishes our program as a leader in providing the latest in education, training and opportunities for those seeking careers in the dynamic field of cyber defense,” said Eric G. Berkowitz, associate professor of computer science and director of the Center for Cyber Security at Roosevelt University.

“It shows we meet the criteria that NSA believes will be needed to successfully protect the information of government agencies, companies, organizations, institutions, communities and all Americans,” said Berkowitz. 

“This is a benefit for students, who not only will be able to meet the challenge of protecting our nation’s information, but also will be in demand as members of a growing cyber defense community.”

A center for research, workforce development and technology innovation, Roosevelt’s Center for Cyber Security provides faculty and staff with the opportunity to reach out and collaborate with community partners in defense against cyber-attacks. The Center also includes opportunities for co-curricular involvement and community outreach through a variety of vehicles, including Roosevelt’s Cyberz Security Club, which meets regularly and participates in regional and national hacking competitions. 

The new Bachelor of Science in Cyber and Information Security program includes courses in Advanced Cryptography, Cloud Computing, Cyber Law & Ethics and Advanced Digital Forensics.  Students learn program languages, software reverse engineering, operating system theory, networking, cell and mobile technologies, discrete math algorithms, cyber defense programming, security fundamental principles, identifying vulnerabilities and legal issues. 

Information technology, law enforcement, computer forensics, fraud investigation, intelligence, terrorism and crime analysis are some of the career possibilities available to students who choose this major. For more information about the degree program, contact Eric G. Berkowitz at eberkowitz@roosevelt.edu or 847-619-8532.

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