Anderson University Introduces Innovative Center for Cybersecurity

Dr. Ken Knapp is the founding director of the Anderson University Center for Cybersecurity.

Dr. Ken Knapp is the founding director of the Anderson University Center for Cybersecurity. Starting in fall 2020, AU will begin offering four degree programs in cybersecurity. Applications for student enrollment are being taken now.

Anderson University is launching the Center for Cybersecurity in fall of 2020 that will offer a traditional degree in cybersecurity along with interdisciplinary majors in Cybersecurity and Criminal Justice; Cybersecurity and Mathematics; and Cybersecurity and Analytics. The center will also offer a Cybersecurity minor and a non-degreed professional certificate.

Leading the new cybersecurity programs is Dr. Ken Knapp, who comes to Anderson University with extensive professional credentials. Dr. Knapp has over 20 years of experience including computer security in the United States Air Force and a history in cybersecurity program development at Tampa University. Anderson University is currently hiring more qualified cybersecurity faculty and building an advisory board of industry professionals.

“Our cybersecurity majors will give students the ability to serve and protect people and resources in cyberspace,” said Dr. Knapp, director and professor of cybersecurity programs. “We are not only including technical cybersecurity courses in the programs, but we are also including courses like Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance. Cybersecurity is not just a technology problem. You also have to address issues regarding people in the workplace. Our cybersecurity programs are going to provide a holistic approach to cybersecurity.”

Cybersecurity courses will include Ethical Hacking, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Digital Forensics and Cloud Security. While all four majors of the cybersecurity programs receive a traditional bachelor of science, the interdisciplinary majors will allow students to pair their cybersecurity courses with courses from the College of Public Service and Administration, the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Business.

Cybersecurity is a new and rapidly growing field of study. Although cybersecurity majors were rare just 10 years ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that information security analyst jobs are expected to grow 32 percent by 2028, making it one of the fastest growing career fields.

“Our Center for Cybersecurity fits perfectly with our institutional goals and mission to expand our academic offerings as we seek to equip and educate our students to fill a present and growing need in the region and across the globe,” said Anderson University Provost Dr. Ryan Neal. “Our corporate and industry partners across virtually every sector are eagerly awaiting the start of our program in Fall 2020.”