Cybersecurity program awarded global accreditation
Radford University’s School of Computing and Information Sciences degree program in cybersecurity has achieved accreditation by ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.
Radford University’s Bachelor of Science Degree in cybersecurity is designed to prepare students to meet the anticipated demand for 3.5 million cybersecurity professionals by 2023. This program is the first at a four-year public institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia and cultivates the depth and breadth necessary for security professionals to design and develop comprehensive security solutions.
“The cybersecurity field is one of the fastest growing areas in our field today, with the number of graduates not meeting industry demand,” said Radford School of Computing and Information Science Director Arthur Carter, Ph.D. “This accreditation of our Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity validates the content and rigor of our program. I am proud of the work our faculty in the cybersecurity area have put into creating and teaching this program. I look forward to seeing what our graduates accomplish as they make their mark on the field.”
Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance.
Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. The accreditation reviews examine program curricula, faculty, facilities and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia and government.
ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that currently accredits 4,361 programs at 850 colleges and universities in 41 countries and areas.
In addition to cybersecurity, the School of Computing and Information Sciences offers Bachelor of Science degree programs with concentrations in computer science, databases, networks, software engineering, decision science, healthcare information systems, information systems security and web development. The school also offers minors in computer science and information systems, as well as a certificate in information security.