Cybersecurity and San Jose State
Led by President Mohammad Qayoumi, San Jose State is spearheading an interdisciplinary cybersecurity program as a call to action. For the past two years, San Jose State has led an ongoing conversation with the community, government and industry leaders to educate the public, identify needs and vet requirements for a collegiate cybersecurity program. In addition, President Qayoumi was recently appointed by Janet Napolitano to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Board, providing a national perspective on this rapidly growing workforce development need. As a result, several key objectives for the development of a San Jose State cybersecurity program have been identified. One of these objectives is to host the U.S. Cyber Challenge Northern California Cyber Security Summer Boot Camp.
SJSU is committed to creating and maintaining the pipeline of cybersecurity professionals. The university expects to:
Become an NSA/NSEE Center of Excellence for Information Assurance.
Develop an interdisciplinary program involving five colleges that is designed to provide courses/certificates and career development for diverse students, including career changers, veterans and transfer students.
Organize academic enrichment opportunities for K-12 youths and educators.
Build partnerships and raise financial support with industry leaders to provide:
- applied internships for SJSU students,
- mentoring/teaching opportunities for industry leaders,
- targeted training programs for SJSU cybersecurity students, and
- a place on the Cybersecurity Industry Advisory Council for representatives from industry.