Olivet Nazarene University announces cybersecurity defense concentration

Enrollment now open for students who want to enter this newly structured discipline

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BOURBONNAIS, IL (04/20/2018) Cybersecurity defense is now a concentration in the computer science major offered by the Department of Computer Science in the Martin D. Walker School of Engineering at Olivet Nazarene University. Reed Hall of Science is the home for the University's new cybersecurity lab. Enrollment is now open for fall 2018 to students who want to enter this newly structured discipline.

"Cybersecurity is one of the most important technical fields in today's world," said Dr. Houston Thompson, dean of the Walker School of Engineering. "By 2019, there will be an estimated global shortage of nearly 2 million cybersecurity employees and consultants. Olivet is committed to preparing trained professionals to fill what will only be an increasing demand in this field."

Students who choose Olivet's cybersecurity defense concentration will be part of industry partnerships, collaborative and project-based learning, and opportunities to earn professional certifications. The experiential learning environment at Olivet is built on the latest technology and current industry standards. This carefully designed curriculum aligns with criteria set by the Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency's Knowledge Units.

As one of the top universities in Christian higher education, Olivet continues to provide Education with a Christian Purpose to all students in all areas of study. Offering the cybersecurity defense concentration with a Christian purpose positions Olivet graduates for greater success in the industry.

With the dedication of the Martin D. Walker School of Engineering in 2015, computer science and engineering majors at Olivet accelerated to a new level of professional training. At Olivet, computer science majors develop innovative and problem-solving skills while preparing for their careers. They have opportunities to participate in competitions, present their research at conventions and meetings, and network with successful professionals. Quality learning and mentoring, combined with character development and leadership opportunities, consistently yield success for Olivet computer science graduates.

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 140 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet's 275-acre park-like main campus is in Bourbonnais, Illinois, 50 miles south of Chicago. Additional sites are in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge, Michigan; Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year through study abroad opportunities, internships and worldwide mission trips.


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Laura Warfel

Public Relations Specialist

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL 60914