By Bret Piatt
Jul 25, 2017
This past Saturday, July 22, episode 43 of Cyber Talk Radio hit the air on 1200 WOAI and iHeartRadio streaming. I was joined by [Dr. Ayad Barsoum, director, Masters of Science in Cybersecurity at St. Mary’s University,] to discuss the university’s masters of cybersecurity graduate program and how the university is working with the San Antonio community to get students involved in cybersecurity.](https://www.stmarytx.edu/academics/programs/master-cybersecurity/)
In the first half of the show, we kick off by having Dr. Barsoum give an intro to the masters of cybersecurity program at St. Mary’s University. The program has three main components including fundamentals (building comprehensive knowledge), electives (including internships) and the thesis (the final comprehensive section). Dr. Barsoum shares that the main differentiator of the St. Mary’s program is that they are tackling cybersecurity from the technical side rather than focusing on the business side like other universities. The program includes hands on training with a virtual lab that has virtual machines that students can interact with. The motivation of creating the program was based on the need of the local community and nation with the increase in cybersecurity threats. Does this graduate program sound interesting? Learn what type of background/requirements students need to have to get into the cybersecurity program.
In the second half of the show, we dive into what St. Mary’s University is doing for community outreach to help spread the word about the graduate program and get students interested in cybersecurity. The university hosts summer camps for middle and high school students covering computer science and cybersecurity. Also, in the summer camps they teach kids basic technology skills and best practices such as how to develop strong passwords, how to detect phishing emails and how to develop fake viruses. They also offer a girls code camp which is funded by the Texas Commission Foundation.
To learn more about St. Mary’s University and its cybersecurity graduate program, listen to the full episode replay here!
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