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Canisius Introduces MS in Cybersecurity

Photo courtesy of Ecole polytechnique on Flickr using the Creative Commons.

As cyber threats grow in both sophistication and malice, industries and organizations face a persistent challenge in recruiting cybersecurity professionals skilled in protecting digital infrastructure. By 2021, a remarkable three million cybersecurity jobs will need to be filled, globally, according to the most recent statistics reported by the non-profit ISC2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium).  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that number to grow 32 percent through 2028. 

Canisius College is responding to this talent crunch with the introduction of a new master’s degree program in cybersecurity.  Set to launch in fall 2020, the program will be Western New York’s only technology-based master’s-level cybersecurity program. 

Aligned with national guidelines for information security professionals, the program provides students with the knowledge, skills and best practices needed to ensure the security and integrity of every type of computing and information system.  In addition to gaining a complete understanding of 21st century cybersecurity tools, students will learn how to build them. The computers in the college’s new state-of-the-art cybersecurity lab afford students the hands-on training necessary to extend their knowledge of computer forensics, cyber intelligence, risk assessment, infiltration techniques, malware analysis, electronic crime, cyber operations and more.  Further distinguishing the new MS in cybersecurity is coursework that leads to certification. 

Click here to read much more about the new MS in cybersecurity or visit the new program page.

Submitted by: College Communications

MLK Award Winners

Canisius College has announced the 2020 recipients of its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Awards.

The MLK award is presented annually to a student and non-student (faculty, staff or administrator) who demonstrates the ideals of Dr. King through the promotion of social justice, racial harmony, civil rights, human rights, nonviolence or advocacy for the poor.

This year’s recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award are Herbert Gitego ’21, Fernanda Astiz, PhD and Erin Thornton ’05.

Herbert Gitego ’21 is a digital media arts major at Canisius College. He worked on a holiday marketing project for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy for the organization’s food giveaway and toy drive. Striving to be in the video production industry, Gitego uses his skills to shine a light on communities that would otherwise remain unheard and unseen.

Fernanda Astiz, PhD, is a professor of teacher education at Canisius College. Astiz is engaged in connecting teaching partners with community partners who serve local and international underrepresented groups. She developed the Dual-language (English/Spanish) Read Aloud Program for Buffalo Public School 64, in which students were welcomed at Canisius’ library for read-aloud sessions. Mayor Byron Brown   presented Astiz with the 2013 Hispanic Heritage Award for her scholarship in the education field and her work with the Buffalo community.

Erin Thornton ’05 is an associate athletic trainer and instructor at Canisius College. She is an advocate for nonviolence and harmony through her responsibilities as an athletic trainer. Thornton has defused situations within racial divides that have affected some of the teams. As a result of her outward compassion for others, she is well respected by the student athletes, faculty and staff.

Honorees will be recognized during the Canisius College Spring Honors Convocation on Friday, May 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the college’s Montante Cultural Center.

Submitted by: College Communications

March Brown Bag Seminar

The March edition of ICMS’s lunchtime Brown Bag seminars will be Tuesday, March 24, at 11:45 a.m. in Old Main 418.

Dr. Alessandro Sebastiani, assistant professor of classics at SUNY Buffalo, will discuss the ongoing archaeological excavation at Podere Cannicci, Italy. Every summer, his class excavates the site sacred to the ancient Etruscans and Romans. Students interested in joining the excavation team should attend for more information. Bring your lunch and join the discussion. This talk is free and open to the public.

Submitted by: Kristina Launa, social media & website administrator, ICMS


Mission & Identity Reading Group


The Mission and Identity Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Loyola Hall Great Room. Wine and cheese will be provided.

This month’s topic is “Discernment: Ecclesial and Ignatian.”   The group will watch a brief YouTube video by John Dardis, SJ,  “Discernment in the everyday,”  and read an article by Nicholas Austin from The Way,  58/4 (October 2019), 7-16, entitled, Discernment as a Work of the Church.”  Click here to watch the video.

Reflection questions on the video and the article may be accessed by clicking here.

Please contact Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, at to receive the link to the material and to indicate interest in attending the session.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity; professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology

March 19 is World Oral Health Day

When was the last time you went to the dentist? Read this short article from Lawley insurance regarding the importance of oral health and wellness.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources