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Mount Saint Mary's University
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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.)Risk Management and Cybersecurity for Professionals 3/16/2018Recommended4/20/2018
Risk Management and Cybersecurity for Professionals Program Description
The goal of the PBC is to develop risk and cybersecurity awareness across a broad spectrum of the workforce.&nbsp; Individuals within Computer Science and Information Technology have been the target audience for many associate, baccalaureate, and post-baccalaureate educational programs developed across the country.&nbsp; While a focus on increasing technology skillsets for those individuals is a valuable direction for the nation, the knowledge gap between the technical and non-technical workforces related to risk management and cybersecurity has increased. This gap is significant because individuals who are unaware of the risks associated with their individual technology decisions may inadvertently increase their vulnerability. When those decisions are part of a small business or larger corporate structure involving customers, the risk increases dramatically. <br> <br>The intention of the PBC is to provide the background critical for professionals, technical and non-technical, to adapt decision-making with a risk management and cybersecurity focus. Individuals who are comfortable as users of technology frequently lack the deeper understanding , beneficial for protection of critical computing and data resources.&nbsp; A trained workforce with risk management and cybersecurity awareness will ensure decisions made at all levels occur within a risk-centric thought process. <br>