Big Data and Cybersecurity at SJSU
Since 2014, SJSU's Silicon Valley Big Data and Cybersecurity Center (BDCC) has worked to create a nexus of academic and industry expertise through multidisciplinary collaboration with more than 30 fulltime and adjunct faculty members across the university and partners in Silicon Valley companies. The adjunct faculty members are working subject matter experts in big data cybersecurity. The BDCC is focused on program development, especially as teaching and research have strong public and private interest and support. Currently housed in SJSU's College of International and Extended Studies, the Center stands out - in front of others in these two fields - as a designated and recognized unit working in the very areas that are impacting security, commerce, and flow of information the United States today.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency have designated the university as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity Education for academic year 2014-2019. They recognize San Jose State's "significant contributions in meeting the national demand for information assurance/cybersecurity education, developing a growing number of professionals with information assurance and cybersecurity expertise in various disciplines, and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure."
In 2014, the university approved a MS in Software Engineering with Concentration in Cybersecurity that was proposed by the five departments collaborating in the development of the cybersecurity graduate programs. MSSE with Concentration in Cybersecurity represents the first stage in the rollout of a multidisciplinary Cybersecurity program. Silicon Valley companies have seen the value of an SJSU degree with a focus in cybersecurity. Since Fall 2014, SJSU has been offering a Master of Science in Software Engineering with Specialization in Cybersecurity program at Cisco Corporation. Cisco has worked with SJSU faculty members closely in developing this leading-edge curriculum. Cisco employees are enrolled in this program nationwide taking classes in-person or via the web.