#CyberFLASH: Polytechnique launching new degree in cybersecurity

bestpix-computer-hackers-gather-for-annual-ccc-congressForced to fight off such enemies as headless worms, hidden ghostware and — straight out of Terminator — machine-to-machine (M2M) attacks, the billions of connected devices in the world have created a cyber battlefield so dangerous to navigate that virtually no one is safe from a cyberattack.

As information and communication technology (ICT) has become integral to almost every facet of modern society, cybersecurity has become one of the hottest fields around. With a goal of boosting supply and expertise in the burgeoning field, Polytechnique Montréal and Deloitte have teamed up to educate a new crop of cybersecurity experts.

The engineering school, which is part of Université de Montréal, and the professional services firm are joining forces to fight cybercrime by expanding and upgrading Polytechnique’s cybersecurity program — and creating a state-of-the-art curriculum that will meet current market needs.

They aim to create the first bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity — which will be offered in English next year as well — by offering three cutting-edge certificate programs in cyber investigation, online fraud and IT network computer security.

“This is unique in the world,” said Gervais Ouellet, Polytechnique’s coordinator of certificates in cybersecurity. “There is a huge need for this. Students will be getting a very practical training and they will find a job at the end of it.”

He says there are three to five job openings for every graduating student, and the most in-demand positions include cybersecurity analysts and consultants, identity-management specialists and online fraud investigators.

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