This story was originally posted in YU News on July 14, 2022

The online cybersecurity master’s degree program at the Katz School of Science and Health is ranked second in the nation by Fortune magazine, putting Yeshiva University in good company with prestigious schools such as the University of California, Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins University.

The honor comes as cybersecurity has emerged as one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.

In the United States alone, approximately 715,000 open cybersecurity jobs have yet to be filled, according to the market research company Emsi Burning Glass.

Dean Paul Russo attributed the success of the program to “superstar” faculty, including Sivan Tehila, program director, former chief information security officer of the Israeli Intelligence Research Division and a cyber analyst at Rafael; Dave Schwed, chief operating officer at Halborn; Tia Hopkins, field chief technology officer and chief cyber-risk officer at eSentire; and Dr. Dimitrios Tzimas, head of cyber architecture at Paypal.

“Programs were ranked based on criteria that include the selectivity of students in GPA and years of experience, as well as student-to-faculty ratios,” said Dean Russo.

He said that starting this fall, every Katz cybersecurity student will be able to participate in a new cloud-based Security Operations Center and Cyber Range, featuring experiences in ransomware, endpoint detection and response, Amazon Web Services and Splunk live-fire exercises. Katz’s cybersecurity curriculum includes real-world threat modeling, like how to solve cybercrime and the essentials of combating threat actors that include hackers, members of organized crime and nation-states that conduct espionage. Throughout the program’s 10 courses, students get hands-on experience with threat mitigation, detection and defense.

“We ask students to address everyday challenges so that they are ready to make an immediate impact in the field after graduation,” said Tehila. “With ransomware attacks and cyber threats on the rise, cybersecurity has become one the fastest-growing industries around the globe. Demand for qualified professionals is on the rise, especially here in New York City—a global hub for cybersecurity.”

Students can participate in industry internships or volunteer to provide support for nonprofit organizations in New York City or wherever they live. When they graduate, they have access to jobs at the biggest global companies, such as EY, Deloitte and Amazon, with a 95%, six-month job placement rate at the Katz School.

“Each program on the Fortune list is fantastic, and many are friends. I just happen to think we have the right combination of tech and teaching talent to help students rise to the top in the job market,” said Dean Russo.

Katz cybersecurity students also prepare for industry certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control, and the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge.

Students also benefit from getting a top-ranked master’s degree at an affordable price. With total tuition fixed at $25,000, the Katz School is about half the price of the top-rated school in the Fortune rankings, UC Berkeley.

View the Fortune rankings and learn about the Katz cybersecurity program. 

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