UW Bothell Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering

December 4, 2019 posted by

Traditionally cybersecurity is not something that’s been focused on or taught in academia
up until maybe the last decade or so, and so there’s a huge, huge need for people with
cybersecurity backgrounds and cybersecurity expertise. [Sireen]
The world of security threats is changing very rapidly. It’s a very different thinking process compared
to what five years ago we were up against. [Jessica]
When you’re studying software engineering you’re taught to, you know, develop for utility,
but you don’t really think about the edge cases and unintended, you know, consequences
that come with you writing software, which is what the whole cyber security landscape
covers and is all about. [Brent]
Our curriculum provides a lot of flexibility for the students that come in. So we do have a few core courses that everybody
takes and then beyond that, we have a set of elective courses and the elective courses
allow for the students to focus on, for example, emerging topics in machine learning or IOT,
and so they can really define what they want to do afterwards. [Timothy]
I think the cross-pollination of skills has definitely been helpful. My eyes have been opened to certain approaches
and pipelines that I probably would not have had exposure to otherwise. [Jessica]
It’s good to have an understanding of all of these different topics because when you’re
in an information security organization, within any company you work very cross functionally
with each other. I would say that coming out of the program
you would have a lot of freedom I guess to venture into different areas of the cyber
security landscape. [Brent]
We have some students who come directly out of undergraduate and enroll in our cybersecurity
program. We also have students who are already professionals,
they are software engineers, they are computer scientists and they’ve decided that they
want to specialize in cybersecurity and so they’ll come complete our program to do
that, and then we also have a set of students who are coming from different fields. We offer a one year graduate certificate and
the graduate certificate basically covers at a very rapid course of study a computer
science and software engineering undergraduate degree, or at least the core courses from
that, and so it basically allows the student who doesn’t have a computer science background
to bootstrap into our program. [Timothy]
The backgrounds and life stories of the cohort definitely fall on a really broad spectrum. I’ve had a lot of experience seeing the different
ways that people can look at problems. You have people who have a very technical
background looking at it one way, and people who have a non-technical background looking
at it another, and I get to chat with all of them and get to figure out how do they
see things. [Sireen]
We have to push the envelope of knowledge at any given time, and that happens through
research and that is an integral part of what the academic world does. I hope to prepare people to face the challenges
that are immediate yet keep on investigating where the future is going, and in the process
we bring them here, show them what we do. They do some internships with us, do some
projects with us and if they get employed even better. That’s the icing on the top. [Jessica]
I’m definitely very, very fortunate, I think, to have participated in and to continue participating
in the Master’s of Cybersecurity program. I’ve just learned a lot of, you know, new
topics, new concepts, techniques even, as well as done a lot of networking in the cybersecurity
area, and it’s definitely introduced me to a completely different world which I really

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