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BGU Offers New Graduate Program in Cyber Security

Program Will Help Protect Israel by Addressing Shortage of Cyber Security Experts

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BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL, Aug. 2, 2012 -- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will become the first Israeli university to offer graduate study tracks in cyber security, a joint initiative with the Departments of Information Systems Engineering and Computer Science.

“Our goal is to prepare graduates who can contribute to the national effort in cyber defense, and prepare Israeli researchers to lead world research in this area,” says Prof. Bracha Shapira, head of BGU’s Department of Information Systems Engineering.

Noting the proliferation of related units in the Israel Defense Forces and the prime minister’s announcement earlier this year to advance cyber security nationwide, she says, “We believe there is a demand for this in defense and many other industries.”
 
The master’s degree in information systems engineering with a specialization in cyber security was developed to meet the growing need for security experts in Israel and worldwide as a key component to protecting national infrastructures and global economic institutions. The areas of focus include network security, attack identification methods, cryptography, development of secure systems, and operation systems security.
  
The curriculum is for undergraduate students who meet master’s degree admission requirements in software or information systems, computer science, or communication systems engineering.  Studies include performing research, writing an original thesis, and completing eight advanced mandatory courses.

“Today we can’t identify precisely who our enemies are as they are very diverse,” Shapira explains. “The goal is to understand how to protect ourselves and to test the vulnerabilities of other systems when necessary.”

The initiative is part of the University’s Homeland Security Institute to broaden teaching and research in this critical area. New technologies are being developed to safeguard Israel’s “virtual environment” with a focus on cyber security and telecommunications.

 

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion's vision, creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University's expertise locally and around the globe. With some 20,000 students on campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat in Israel’s southern desert, BGU is a university with a conscience, where the highest academic standards are integrated with community involvement, committed to sustainable development of the Negev.

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