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IT Professors Ready to Offer New Cybersecurity Courses

Congratulations to Professors Frank Katz and Elizabeth Rasnick for completing the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Configuration (CIC) training. They are now authorized to teach any or all of the content associated with the CIC courses as well as courses in a) Cybersecurity Foundation, b) Cybersecurity Gateway, and c) Cybersecurity Essentials.

“We are thrilled to complete the entire CIC training during the summer; we are even happier to be able to offer one or some of the Foundation, Gateway, and Essentials courses to our Georgia Southern Students.” Said Mr. Katz. “Our cyber education is uniquely suited for economic development and community outreach for the entire coastal region of Georgia and beyond. We, therefore, welcome every student with a diverse educational background to join our program and become a future leader in the cybersecurity workforce.” Dr. Rasnick further addressed, “Our cybersecurity program also offers scholarships and internships to qualified students.”

The IT Department, as a part of the Center for Applied Cyber Education, offers three nationally recognized cybersecurity programs to interested students from all three campus sites, including Armstrong, Liberty, and Statesboro. The three cybersecurity programs include a) Bachelor of Information Technology, Cybersecurity Specialization, b) IT Cybersecurity Minor, and c) IT Cybersecurity undergraduate certificate. All three cybersecurity programs are accredited by the National Security Agency as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (NSA-CAE/CDE).

As a former US Army Combat Engineer Officer, Mr. Katz also had twenty-one years of IT experience in the industry before joining the university in 2002. He has been a major leader in cybersecurity education since then; in fact, he is a life member of the Military Cyber Professionals Association, which is an organization dedicated to developing military cyber professionals through STEM education initiatives at West Point, Annapolis, the Air Force Academy, and civilian universities throughout the United States.

Dr. Rasnick received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to her Ph.D, she had several years of experience as a programmer analyst in industry. She has taught a variety of IT courses since she joined the IT Department at Georgia Southern. Dr. Rasnick’s research focuses on the impact of information disruptions on supply chain systems, educational methodologies of minority students in STEM fields and cyber security education. Dr. Rasnick also serves as the faculty advisor for the Chapter of Women in Technology (WIT) at Georgia Southern. She is also an i2STEMe faculty affiliate.


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