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L.C. Smith College recognized as a leader in cybersecurity

October 25, 2010

Ariel DuChene
(315) 443-2546 has announced that it is recognizing the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS) at Syracuse University as a college having one of the premier cybersecurity programs in the nation. LCS will be among a select number of colleges and universities featured in the Homeland Security Edition of U.S. Black Engineer & IT magazine, commending the remarkable training available to students who are embarking on careers in cybersecurity.

“I feel that it is important to acknowledge the vital role that these educational institutions play in the rapidly expanding field of cybersecurity,” says Tyrone Taborn, chairman and CEO of and publisher of U.S. Black Engineer & IT, Hispanic Engineer & IT and Women of Color. “Our nation needs more outstanding programs that develop talent in the fields of computer science and research to expand our cybersecurity workforce. Equipping our young people with the knowledge to pursue careers in cybersecurity should not only be viewed as a goal of our nation, but as a matter of national security.”

Thousands of jobs in cybersecurity are created each year throughout the nation, illustrating the necessity of these positions. However, of the 2.5 million men and women currently employed by the United States Armed Forces, relatively few are qualified to pursue careers in cybersecurity. There is a clear demand for qualified individuals within this field, which includes people of all backgrounds, to ensure the protection and prosperity of the nation.

“The excellence of our cybersecurity education program is a result of the dedication of internationally renowned faculty members, such as professors Shiu-Kai Chin, Stephen Chapin, Wenliang Du and Heng Yin, who have advanced the field in multiple new directions,” says professor Chilukuri Mohan, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in LCS.

The Department of Defense, National Security Agency, CIA and armed forces are a few of the many organizations actively recruiting well-trained individuals from these outstanding institutions. is honoring LCS and other outstanding colleges and universities as part of “Minorities in National Security and Cybersecurity Awareness Week,” which takes place during the week of Dec. 5. The awareness week will serve as an opportunity to recognize the innovative leaders in cybersecurity and defense as they serve as role models to the minority cybersecurity workforce of tomorrow.

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