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How are you staying safe online? Gannon University emphasizes its commitment to cyber education during cybersecurity awareness month

Published: 10/11/2021

Gannon University recognizes national Cybersecurity Awareness Month throughout October.

Gannon University recognizes national Cybersecurity Awareness Month throughout October.

 Gannon University announced its venture into intelligent systems design and cyber education in 2018. It has since developed an infrastructure that has brought together learning, real-world training and business development to meet the growing demands in today’s cyber industry. 

Deepening its commitment to cybersecurity, the university is announcing Gannon as a 2021 Champion of the National Cyber Security Alliance’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month. 

The Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions Program is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to global efforts advocating for cybersecurity and online behavior change during the month of October. 

 

Gannon is dedicated to educating and training cyber professionals. 

To aid in meeting the increasing demand for highly trained cyber professionals, Gannon launched programs in cybersecurity and cyber engineering in 2019 and officially opened the doors to its new, dedicated facility for cyber education and training – the Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge, or I-HACK – in 2021. Most recently, the university dedicated the third floor, The Hatchery, in September to bring together industry and professional development with academic creativity and learning in one dedicated space. I-HACK has since welcomed 380 students from across multiple disciplines to learn in more than 30 courses within the facility. 

The university is currently developing plans to begin construction on the fourth floor, which will house the Center for Manufacturing and Technology that is expected to be completed in Fall 2022. Here, regional manufacturers will have access to the resources, information and assistance needed to become more competitive in the global economy in five distinct areas of expertise, such as additive manufacturing, cybersecurity and cyber engineering. 

In addition to the facility, Gannon has introduced new community partnerships as well as a Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity expand training and professional development within our region’s economy. These partnerships, programs and opportunities within I-HACK are not only preparing students to enter the workforce ready to meet the high-demand for cyber professionals, but they are also providing resources to current businesses to address the types of threats and attacks challenging cyber security today. 

Additionally, Gannon has partnered as a sponsor to CyberPatriot, supporting local and regional high school teams in a series of cyber competitions. Through the partnership, Gannon will host its second annual Cyber Camp for high school students in July 2022. 

From supporting STEM outreach to delivering robust cyber education and training and business development, Gannon University has quickly integrated resources to impact the cyber industry to answer the call for the growing demand of trained professionals and solve the digital/cyber challenges facing our world today.

 

Gannon to participate in Cybersecurity Awareness Month 

More than ever before, technology plays a part in almost everything we do. Connected devices have been woven into society as an integral part of how people communicate and access services essential to their well-being. Despite these great advances in technology and the conveniences this provides, recent events have shown us how quickly our lives and businesses can be disrupted when cyber criminals and adversaries use technology to do harm. 

Gannon’s participation in Cybersecurity Awareness Month sheds light on these security vulnerabilities while offering actionable guidance surrounding behaviors anyone can take to protect themselves and their organizations.

Gannon University is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative that is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

For more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/.