Cyber Security

By: Susan Bahorich
By: Susan Bahorich

Empty classrooms, seats and keyboards are becoming common place in JMU's ISAT building.

It's not that the classes aren't filling up, it's just the information super-highway is taking them another route.

"Our program was first in the nation at the master's level for info security- it's the only via distance learning on the Internet," explains Dr. Malcolm Lane, head of the department of computer science.

JMU's little department is making a big splash, it's the school's nearly one of a kind Internet security programs that are helping it get noticed by the state and the nation.

"We are a prototype, in fact, we do all things university centers do, but we're born with the mission to support all businesses, industry, state and federal entities in the Commonwealth of Virginia." says Allan Berg of Information Security.

JMU may have been one of the first, but it's far from being the last when it comes to keeping hackers or cyber terrorist at bay.

Says Lane, "It's just the tip of the iceberg- we need so many more programs in the country to meet the demand for information security specialist and it's hard to bring students into program if don't have faculty to teach program."

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