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Technology-specific courses trending as UC Berkley offers new cybersecurity degree

The School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) has announced that it will be running a new online master’s of informa...

Jonathan Dyble
|Nov 15|magazine5 min read

The School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) has announced that it will be running a new online master’s of information and cybersecurity course.

The course will be run in partnership with the College of Engineering and the Centre for Long-Term Cybersecurity, based at the School of Information.

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“Data breaches are an ever-increasing threat to today’s public and private entities,” said AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean and Professor at the School of Information. “This program will not only equip students with core technical abilities, but they will also develop fluency in the business, political and legal contexts for cybersecurity that will ultimately address national security considerations, ethical issues and policy frameworks.”

The news is the latest in a line of similar announcements that suggest universities are increasingly recognising the importance of offering high-skilled technology-specific degrees, with a number of top firms looking to recruit candidates within a specific niche.

In line with this, Bitcoin recently revealed that a number of Ivy League universities including Yale, Haas and Wharton have all begun to offer courses in blockchain.

The first applications deadline UC Berkeley’s cybersecurity course is 30 January of next year, with the program set to commence in May 2018.

For more information, see the full University of California, Berkeley Masters of Information and Cybersecurity degree program here.