New Cybersecurity Lab to Prepare the Next Generation of Information Security Professionals

Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Fairfield University and Pulse Secure partner to help educate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

FREMONT, CA: Fairfield University and Pulse Secure, the leading provider of Zero Trust Secure Access solutions, partners to help educate cybersecurity professionals. In response to the rapidly growing demand for skilled data security professionals across industries—from the government to private sector and non-profit—Fairfield University is now providing a flexible 30-credit Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, which will use Pulse Secure technology in its new cybersecurity lab.

Fairfield University has over 5000 diverse and international undergraduate and graduate students engaged in studies within several schools and colleges, including its schools of business, college of arts and sciences, engineering and nursing and health studies. The University was ranked 2nd for most innovative among Northern universities by U.S. News and World Report's 2021 Best Colleges ranking.

Fairfield's M.S. in Cybersecurity program is tailored to offer students a hands-on learning experience leveraging real-world applications in its cybersecurity lab, and to promote the thinking and problem-solving skills required as information and computer technologies continue to innovate. The University's cybersecurity lab is a vital teaching and research facility, developed to improve the complexity of coursework, challenge students to solve complex problems, and ultimately arm graduates with the critical thinking and technological skills required to monitor, mitigate, and prevent online security threats.

Security threats thrive off distraction, and working through complex situations is an essential part of the job. As such, Fairfield's new lab prepares the next generation of cybersecurity professionals by providing them with a realistic simulation of the many challenges they will encounter in the real world. This lab is a vital step forward for the cybersecurity industry, and the company is thrilled to partner with Pulse Secure to teach the essentiality of secure access and Zero Trust principals.

Fairfield University has long used Pulse Secure products for a variety of purposes. For the University's cybersecurity lab, Pulse has supplied its awards winning secure access solutions, including virtual private network (VPN) and network access control (NAC), to support its hands-on cyber curriculum, as well as to ensure a protected and observable class environment that will prepare students to address information and security challenges businesses face today.

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