Securing the Future
Viruses, hackers and malware have become frequently heard words. In an era when sensitive personal information can easily become public, it is no wonder that the field of cyber security is picking up speed. The Department of Computer Science at the College of Management Academic Studies is attuned to the market needs, and as part of the cyber security specialization, students acquire the skills that are required in that field .
[summary]The college's Department of Computer Science at the College of Management Academic Studies introduces a dynamic and ever-changing curriculum The Computer Science B.Sc. curriculum is constantly updating according to the requirements of the high tech industry and the university requirements for advanced degrees. . As part of their degree, students select unique specialization programs, including the aforementioned cyber security specialization, as well as several others – cellular systems, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and its applications, internet systems, and big data .
The biggest challenge in the field of cyber security is being familiar with the system, inside out, sometimes even better than those who developed it," says Nethanel Gelernter, head of the specialization, "At the end of the day, most attacks occur because of hackers' extensive technical knowledge and their ability to abuse security breaches left by the developers”.
"The vast majority of programmers are not proficient in cyber security", Gelenter adds, "They know how to develop internet applications and services accessible through the web, but they don't necessarily know how to make them secure”. That is why all students in the Department of Computer Science take an introductory course on security and acquire skills for blocking a significant part of attacks. "Those who major in cyber security," says Gelenter, "learn the more advanced and complex competencies and skills. This field is constantly evolving, as new technologies and web wizards are always trying to hack security systems”.
As part of the specialization program, students learn the theoretical aspects of cyber security, as well as actively practice the material in an advanced lab course where they also practice security applications on live websites. At the end of the specialization, students are equipped with skills that companies are looking for in cyber security experts. “The specialization gives them access to the security world, a world that many people can't reach by themselves without learning all necessary skills”, Gelenter adds.