GFCMSU adding cybersecurity program

Beginning with the fall semester, Great Falls College MSU will offer both a certificate of technical studies and an associate of applied science in cybersecurity.

The certificate is designed for those already working in the computer field and builds on their knowledge and skills to prepare them to transition to cybersecurity and system analysis, according to a release.

The associate degree in cybersecurity is designed for those with little or no experience in computer technology or cybersecurity.

“Today, most businesses operate online in some fashion. The cybersecurity programs at Great Falls College MSU are designed to prepare students to become proficient in the cybersecurity discipline so they can go out into the workforce and work to test, analyze, and secure IT systems for those businesses and their customers,” Chris Mee said in a release. Mee chairs the college’s computer technology department. “Nationally and locally, there is a shortage in cybersecurity professionals.Well-paying cybersecurity positions will be available well into the future,” Mee said.

Both programs will provide coursework in networking fundamentals, network security and CompTia Security+, computer forensics, enterprise security, ethical hacking and network defense, according to the release.

Current or prospective students interested in pursuing a future in cybersecurity should contact admissions by calling 406-268-3700 or by visiting the college’s website and clicking on “Become a Student.”