Walsh College has announced the launch of an all-new, groundbreaking academic concentration in Automotive Cybersecurity. The program will take an experiential and applied approach to produce qualified automotive cybersecurity professionals with the skills and understanding to help the auto industry secure and expand innovation in the growing field.

With the addition of multiple networks, computers, and control units within modern vehicles, vehicle cybersecurity has taken center stage. The concentration is an expansion of the College’s innovative Fundamentals of Automotive Cybersecurity course, which was the first of its kind nationally when it launched in spring 2017. The new concentration will go further into the industry with courses such as Advanced Automotive Penetration Testing & Threat Analysis, and Connected Automotive Ecosystems and Threat Analysis, giving students an understanding of the challenges, risks, and opportunities in a rapidly growing industry.

“Walsh has a rich history of leading the way for advanced academic programming, particularly in emerging technology fields,” said Marsha Kelliher, president and CEO of Walsh College. “As technology continues to change the way we live and work, it is critical to deliver a top-notch education rooted in real-world practices to train and inspire professionals who will become new leaders in rapidly evolving fields such as automotive cybersecurity. There is no doubt that the industry will continue to grow, highlighting a need for practical instruction that is relevant and valuable.”

Spearheaded by Dave Schippers, CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), EnCE (Encase Certified Examiner), and Information Technology and Cybersecurity assistant professor at Walsh College, the Automotive Cybersecurity concentration will provide a significantly different approach than other institutions by fusing engineering and cybersecurity concepts to deliver a multifaceted education for an emerging industry.

“The automotive industry is experiencing a significant shift of technologies within vehicles, making the need for automotive cybersecurity paramount,” said Schippers. “The concept of connected, autonomous or self-driving vehicles is being actively researched, designed and tested. The technology innovations, customer expectations, and future direction of transportation are all fusing to create a dramatic, new vertical destined to transform the automotive and transportation industries. We are thrilled to deliver advanced automotive cybersecurity programs to drive innovation in this exciting new field.”

In 2015, Walsh’s Cybersecurity program was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Automotive Cybersecurity will officially launch in winter 2018. For more information, visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/bachelors-bs-degree-information-technology-automotive-cybersecurity.