Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) recently hosted two experts in the field of cybersecurity. The speakers participated in a lunch-and-learn style event focused on exploring cybersecurity careers. Coordinated by Bryon Miller, NACC Career and Transfer Advisor, the event was held to provide students and community members with detailed information on cybersecurity careers and to increase community awareness about cybersecurity issues. “The International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ICS2) has stated that there is a ‘projected need for 1.8 million additional cybersecurity professionals to fill the workforce gap by 2022’,” explained Miller. “We wanted to create an opportunity for students and community members to obtain more information on these rapidly growing careers so that they can make an informed decision.”
The presenters included Jesse Hairston, Cybersecurity Research Scientist at UAH, and Dr. Yuliang Zheng, Chair of the Computer Science Department at UAB. Each speaker presented on topics ranging from cyber-attacks, identity theft, data science, and career paths. After the presentations, a Q&A session was held with the two presenters. They were asked several questions such as ‘How important are cybersecurity certifications?’, ‘What is something you wish you had known before going into cybersecurity?’, ‘Is public Wi-Fi safe to use?’, and ‘How can I best protect my identity online?’ Additionally, they were able to comment on other aspects of their career field.
Feedback from the students, community members, faculty, and presenters was very positive. The event was successful at connecting students with professionals and helping them make career decisions. “Multiple students asked me after the event how they could start a cybersecurity career here at NACC,” said Miller. Miller hopes to continue these events for other career fields during upcoming school year.
Miller added that NACC offers degrees and coursework for anyone interested in a career in computer information systems, computer science, computer engineering, and a short-term certificate specifically in cybersecurity. “While some of these careers require a four-year or graduate degree, you can complete your first two years right here,” Miller explained. NACC is currently registering for the upcoming summer semester. Anyone interested in cybersecurity or other careers can get started this summer. For additional information about cybersecurity and other careers, contact Bryon Miller at 256-638-4418 ext. 2360 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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