2024 Engineer Magazine



With the increasing frequency of ransomware attacks and data breaches alongside advances in artificial intelligence, the field of cybersecurity is rapidly evolving. Dr. Manjeet Rege, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sofware Engineering and Data Science, discusses what today’s graduates heading into the cybersecurity field need in order to be ready to protect businesses and society.

What types of cybersecurity issues could we see in the next five years?

What do businesses need to be ready for cybersecurity threats?

• Proficiency in security tools like intrusion detection and prevention systems, firewalls and endpoint protection platforms. Must be able to monitor networks, detect anomalies, analyze threats and respond quickly. • Governance and risk management expertise. Developing comprehensive policies, compliance frameworks and risk mitigation strategies tailored to the organization’s needs and aligned to industry best practices. • Cybersecurity experts must continuously expand their knowledge and skills through training, certifications and hands-on experience.

Ransomware attacks and data breaches Health care, financial services and critical infrastructure will continue to be prime targets for cybercriminals seeking

Organizations will need to prepare for these emerging threats through security awareness training, robust technical controls, monitoring for new attack patterns, and fostering a resilient cyber posture across business units. What high-level skills are needed beyond basic tech support knowledge to prevent the rise of cybersecurity crimes? • Advanced understanding of network architectures, operating systems and application vulnerabilities. Security experts need to know where the weaknesses lie in an organization’s IT infrastructure and how adversaries can exploit them.


financial gain. Nation-states


May ramp up state-sponsored attacks for espionage or to disrupt adversaries’ critical systems. Devices that are internet-connected Appliances, vehicles and medical devices that are internet-connected expand the attack surface vulnerable to exploitation. Cloud services Growing security concern as organizations rely more on cloud storage and computing.



NEW GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN CYBERSECURITY Our new graduate certificate in cybersecurity provides comprehensive training for the next generation of cybersecurity professionals through a curriculum designed to develop real-world skills. Students are immersed in hands-on labs and exercises that ground them in the latest techniques for ethical hacking, threat detection, incident response, risk management and security operations.

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