After Andre A. Abbott '08, MS '20 graduated from Quinnipiac with a BS in Information Technology, he gained experience in a few firms; however, one question kept reverberating in his mind: how is all of this information secured?
Information security is at the forefront of his profession—and as Abbott grew within his field, his curiosity began to heighten. He learned that a master’s degree could open more opportunities to fulfill his career goals, and soon he returned to Quinnipiac to earn his MS in Cybersecurity.
“Although I do not have a security role at my current company, as I was going through the program, I was able to use what I learned in the classes and propose new concepts at work. I began to have conversations with managers about security and how the theories I learned at Quinnipiac apply to my current role. I wanted to position myself as a reliable and loyal employee looking to help the company secure their data.”
Abbott summarized, “Security can’t be an afterthought. It has to be baked into the plan.”
Throughout the program, Abbott gained the knowledge and confidence he needed to have insightful conversations with decision-makers in his company. He felt that the program is structured to continually build on a skill set exposing students to the many opportunities the cybersecurity field offers.
The increased demand to protect organizational data is unprecedented, opening up the cybersecurity job market across all industries.
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