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