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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - Walsh College Offers Webinar on Automotive Cybersecurity on April 25; First College in U.S. to Offer Specialized Automotive Cyber Course

Walsh College will host a complimentary webinar titled “Automotive Cybersecurity: Threats and Opportunities” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. The webinar will provide an overview of the challenges facing the automotive industry in securing vehicles against unauthorized intrusion.

Dr. Barbara CiaramitaroBarbara Ciaramitaro, Ph.D., CISSP, CSSLP, PMP, chair of Decision Science, professor of Information Technology and Cybersecurity, and director of the Center for Cybersecurity Leadership at Walsh, will host the webinar alongside Walsh adjunct professor Sam Abbott-McCune, an automotive and military vehicle technology expert.

Visit the webinar webpage (www.walshcollege.edu/webseries) to register.

The webinar is open to everyone, but it is geared toward current cyber specialists or those with an interest in automotive cybersecurity. It is a specialization that will continue to grow as manufactures begin to embrace connectivity and autonomous cars.

“The idea behind driverless cars is the notion that eventually they will be safer than human drivers; they will prevent human error and distracted driving,” Dr. Ciaramitaro said. “But so much infrastructure work has to be done before this can become a reality. How do you secure the cars from being hacked? How do you prevent someone from tampering with the infrastructure?

Sam Abbott-McCune“All of these questions will have to be addressed, and that’s why we’re offering this webinar, to start talking about the types of cyber professionals who will be needed and the issues they will face in the very near future.”

Walsh is a pioneer in this specialized type of cybersecurity education. During the current spring semester, the College became the first in the country to offer a course specifically designed for this growing field: Fundamentals of Automotive Cybersecurity.

The class is being taught by Abbott-McCune, and the subject matter includes challenges and vulnerabilities of vehicles against cyber hackers.

“The engineering, IT and cyber fields are emerging arenas,” said Ciaramitaro. “We are studying cyber physical systems and sensors.”

Walsh College offers four highly regarded undergraduate and graduate programs in Information Technology: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MSITL), and a dual MBA/MSITL.

Walsh also offers a Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in cybersecurity (MSIT-CS) and a Cybersecurity Certificate.