BLOOMSBURG—The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania digital forensics certificate program classes have been added to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) training catalog hosted by the Department of Homeland Security. NICCS is a national online resource for cybersecurity training that connects government employees, students, educators, and industry with cybersecurity training providers throughout the nation.
The catalog listing also ties into an executive order by President Donald Trump meant to boost the government cybersecurity workforce, standardize and incentivize cybersecurity education, and get everyone working with a common cybersecurity "language." It will also include an annual President's Cup Cyber challenge to identify the best and brightest, awards programs for primary and secondary school educators, and more, all with an eye toward increasing the sense of urgency about closing the gaps in protecting critical infrastructure and plugging the many holes in the workforce.
In addition to the catalog listing, Bloomsburg's certificate program is featured on the NICCS CAE Highlight Page through June 30.
“Being featured as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) on the DHS National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies website is a big boost to the BU Digital Forensics program, especially with the launch of the online certificate program,” said Diane Barrett, associate professor in the department of mathematical and digital sciences. “This gives the university program national attention as part of the premier online resource for cybersecurity training.”
Barrett added, “The NICCS feature shows that BU is committed to developing a workforce of effective cybersecurity professionals. We are accomplishing this by helping citizens get the education and training they need with flexibility through the online certificate program. The certificate courses are mapped to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework as part of the national effort to standardize the skills of cybersecurity employees.”
Bloomsburg University offers the only digital forensics certificate program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and one of the only bachelor level digital forensics certificate programs in the country. Completing the program will qualify the certificate recipients to apply for abundant employment opportunities in the cybersecurity and digital forensics fields.