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Cyber Security & Big Data at San Jose State University

Since 2014, SJSU’s Silicon Valley Big Data and Cybersecurity Center has been striving to cultivate an environment of multidisciplinary collaboration with more than 30 fulltime and adjunct faculty members across the university. The adjunct faculty members are working subject matter experts in cybersecurity.  The Center’s focused areas in program development; teaching and research have strong public and private interest and support.  The Center is currently housed in the College of International and Extended Studies.  This designation allows the Center to standout - 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 State 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.  “This certificate is presented in recognition of 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 MS in Software Engineering with Concentration in Cybersecurity 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 web-based.