CWUNews FeedNews Feed CWU ITAM Master’s Degree Takes Just One Year to Complete, 09 Apr 2014 11:10:00<p>Central Washington University has announced the launch of the state’s first master of science degree in Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) that can be completed within a calendar year.</p><p>“This master’s program was designed specifically in response to the needs of industry and the requests of students,” says Natalie Lupton, CWU ITAM professor and the program’s coordinator. “ITAM serves a high-demand field, and this will quickly become a very high demand master’s degree.”</p><p>This new master’s degree is the first to receive funding through the university’s Innovation Fund, which, in part, helps sponsor new campus initiatives that have the potential to grow student enrollment and respond to the needs of state business and industry.</p><p>ITAM is among the fast-growing sectors of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field. The CWU degree prepares graduates to manage a division or business of a technology or technology-driven organization.</p><p>“Our master’s graduates will leave here with expertise, which will allow them to manage employees working in the computer science and information system fields, among others,” Lupton explains. “They will leave with advanced skills in leadership, team building, conflict resolution, and other ‘soft skills.’ Right now, that’s where there’s a big gap.”</p><p>The job base for ITAM graduates is predicted to continue to grow through 2022, based on a recent US News and World Report study. The median salary range right now for this field is $97,000, Lupton points out.</p><p>“With the cost of our program being less than a quarter of that for full-time, in-state students, it offers individuals a great investment for their future,” she added.</p><p>Instead of the typical master’s program, which requires a thesis, CWU’s program requires a yearlong research project, which could be related to—and used in—a student’s career.</p><p>“Most master’s programs are set up for students who want to get their PhD degrees,” adds Natalie Lupton. “Our MS-ITAM is different in that it’s designed for students going into, or moving up, or cross-training in the workplace. It’s not that our students couldn’t go on to get a doctorate, but this program is suited for those looking to expand their career opportunities through application-based coursework.”</p><p>Starting next fall, the program will be available both fully online and in-class on the Ellensburg campus. Even without a marketing effort, Lupton says the ITAM department is already receiving daily inquires from interested students about the program.</p><p>Applications for the innovative program are now being accepted. More information is available at</p><p><br><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>April 9, 2014</p>CWU and ITAM Join CyberWatch West!, 11 Mar 2014 13:12:22<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 247px; float: left;"></p><h3>&nbsp;</h3><h3>CWU and the ITAM Department are pleased to announce that they are now members of CyberWatch West!</h3><p><strong>What is CyberWatch West (CWW)?</strong></p><p>CyberWatch West is the first center in the Western United States dedicated to Cybersecurity. Striving to increase the quantity and quality of the national Cybersecurity workforce, CWW works to improve existing resources and build upon them to develop effective training and teaching modules. They have a strong focus on student development, professional development and curriculum.</p><p>Recognizing the ever-growing need for quality academic programs in the field of Cybersecurity, a dedicated group of ITAM faculty and staff assisted in building this partnership.</p><p><strong>What does this mean for ITAM students?</strong></p><p>This partnership provides access to extensive curriculum resources that will enhance programs, guest speakers, workshops, and an ever-growing network of industry contacts in this field.</p><p><strong>Want to get involved? Here's how:</strong></p><p>Explore the CWW website at: <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Participate in one of the three college-level competitions offered by CWW.</p><p>Talk to ITAM professor, <a href="">Gary Rogers</a>, to learn more about this area of study.</p><p>Know that you want to do this as a career? Sign up for a minor in Cybersecurity through the ITAM department. You can find more information about this high-demand program <a href="">here</a> including curriculum and how to apply.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>ITAM is on YouTube!, 10 Mar 2014 15:43:40<h3>Do you want to learn more about our programs?</h3><p>These videos will show you what ITAM is all about! Meet some of our talented faculty here:</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Or get the inside scoop from some of our current students!</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p><h3>Are you an online student who wants to see first-hand the department, the professors, and your fellow students?</h3><p>Our videos are all filmed on location at the ITAM Department at Central Washington University. We've interviewed lots of students and faculty to give you the inside scoop and help you get to know us better. Start with the videos above and then we invite you to explore our channel: <a href="">CWUITManagement</a>. More videos coming soon!</p><h3>Have questions? Is there a topic you'd like us to cover? Want to send us your own video about your ITAM experience? <a href="">Email us</a>! We'd love to hear from you.</h3>Central Europe Trip Announced!, 06 Nov 2013 09:22:17<h2><strong>Study Abroad in Central Europe</strong><br>Summer 2014</h2><h3>June 14-July 7</h3><h3>International Comparative ITAM Study Abroad<br>In cooperation with The School of Management,<br>Bratislava, Slovakia</h3><p>Led by Dr. Lori Braunstein and Dr. Robert Lupton</p><p>This unique study abroad program is a timely course that will acquaint both the first time traveler and the experienced traveler to the international world of retailing, advertising, business, management, and information technology. This class will introduce you to five Central European countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Austria), their languages, their cultures, and their business ideologies.</p><p>Cost includes:</p><ul><li>All housing costs while in Central Europe</li><li>Transportation costs in Central Europe, except during student free time</li><li>Cultural Event costs in Central Europe, except during student free time</li><li>Some meals</li><li>All for $2,250</li></ul><p>Your additional costs include:</p><ul><li>10 credits through the ITAM Department. Credits may be used for the required ITAM internship (NOTE: students who do not need to complete an internship, the purchase of credits is optional.)</li><li>Airfare</li><li>Meals during free time</li><li>Cultural Events during free time</li><li>Transportation during free time</li><li>Spending money</li></ul><p>Note: Financial Aid, if you are eligible, can be used for summer credits, the cost of the program, and even your airfare! Additionally, financial aid monies can be released early to help pay for the program fee and airfare. Work with the Financial Aid Office early to see about securing a distribution for Summer 2014.</p><p>For application and information packet, please email Dr. Lori Braunstein at or stop by her office in Shaw/Smyser 238.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Presents Cybersecurity 101 for Businesses, Families, 18 Oct 2013 08:09:57<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px; "></p><p>Every day, bad actors from throughout the United States and as far away as China and the Baltic states assault Central Washington University’s computer networks to get at sensitive data.<br>“It’s a never-ending storm,” said Andreas Bohman, CWU’s vice president of information security.<br>Bohman talked about cyber security risks for businesses and families at CWU today, where he showed guests how to crack weak passwords, hijack unsecured wireless networks and mine information from social media profiles with too much information and too little security.</p><p>Read more of the <a href="">Daily Record story here</a>.</p><p>Story by Andy Matarrese, photo by Brian Myrick</p>Cybersecurity and Me, 08 Oct 2013 08:38:26<p>Cybersecurity and Me<br><br>Friday, October 11th, 2013<br>Hertz Auditorium from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM</p><p><strong>Who is lurking on your smartphone?</strong></p><p>In today's interconnected world, we are faced with an ever-changing information environment and we have to educate ourselves on the vulnerabilities and threats this information is exposed to. We are bombarded with attacks from many different vectors, such as email, online banking, social media, and mobile devices, both from a personal and business perspective. Knowing how to navigate this environment and how to secure our personal information is becoming a critical task in all of our lives.</p><p>The presentations by CWU Professor, Dr. Gary Rogers and CWU CISO Andreas Bohman will touch on many of these topics and they will give you some relevant tips and techniques for keeping your data safe. Learn about cyber attacks, malware, botnets, and terms like hacktivism. Understand what CWU is doing to protect your personal information and your role in protecting it.</p><p>Computer Hijacking on Campus?<br>CWU Cybersecurity Awareness Month Aims to Help Educate.</p><p><br>Bring a friend, have some pizza, and discover the difference between a phishing attack and a harmless spam e-mail!</p>Gary Rogers on New Cybersecurity Minor, 16 Jul 2013 11:37:53<p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management proudly launches its new Cybersecurity Minor!</p><p>In a recent interview for KOHO radio professor Gary Rogers outlined the details of the new program and its benefits. Listen to the full interview here:</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">CWU Adds New CyberSecurity Program</a></p><p><a href="">Click here to learn more about this exciting new program!</a></p>Cybersecurity Program Now Offered at CWU, 15 Jul 2013 09:20:08<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 144px; height: 144px; "></p><p>According to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be. Government institutions are hardly immune—the US Navy sees 110,000 cyberattacks every hour, or more than 30 every single second. And it affects individuals as well—for example, more than 600,000 Facebook accounts are compromised every day. The estimated annual cost of global cybercrime is $100 billion.</p><p>To address the growing needs of government and industry, Central Washington University’s Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) Department will now offer a minor in cybersecurity. The 24-credit program addresses identifying information-system vulnerabilities, tracking cybercriminals, and creating adequate defense solutions.</p><p>“Other colleges in Washington have cybersecurity programs, but ours will be the first that can be accessed entirely online,” said Gary Rogers, ITAM professor of networking and cybersecurity. Rogers has more than 25 years of experience in researching and investigating cybersecurity.</p><p>Rogers is acutely aware of the vulnerability of mobile and wireless networks, especially with individuals and small businesses. “Very few people have antivirus protection for their cellphones or tablets,” he noted. “And small businesses that don’t protect their wi-fi connection with even a password are putting everything they have at risk.”</p><p>The minor is complementary to many other CWU programs, such as law and justice, accounting, and computer science. “This program doesn’t require expertise in programming or coding,” said Rogers. “It’s designed to provide a basic understanding of cybersecurity, how to address vulnerabilities, and how to recognize and defend against attacks. In addition, we also feature digital forensics, a course designed to aid law enforcement in recovering digital evidence as well as tracking cybercriminals.”</p><p>Not all threats to cybersecurity are at the hands of hackers, related Rogers. He recounts how one business went strictly by the book in backing up and duplicating files, and storing the backups in a vault. Unfortunately, the business was in the path of Hurricane Sandy and the vault ended up submerged in water.</p><p>“We want our students to be able to assess all the risks to a system and develop creative solutions,” he said. “It’s an exciting field because it is changing all the time.”</p><p>The demand for people with cybersecurity skills shows no sign of slacking. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that network systems and information security professionals can expect job opportunities to grow by 43 percent through 2018.</p><p>For more information about the ITAM cybersecurity program, go to</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p>New Cybersecurity Minor!, 20 Jun 2013 08:59:57<p>Announcing a new, high-demand minor from the Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM)!</p><p>The new Cybersecurity minor is tailored to meet the&nbsp; rapidly growing need for trained and knowledgeable cybersecurity professionals in the government and private sectors. This 24 credit minor addresses topics of identifying system vulnerabilities, tracking cyber criminals, and creating adequate defense solutions.</p><p>Classes include:</p><ul><li>IT 238 Cyberterrorism</li><li>IT 336 Digital Forensics</li><li>IT 338 Cybercrime</li><li>IT 436 Cyberattack/Defense</li><li>IT 438 Risk Management</li></ul><h3><a href="">CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THIS HIGH DEMAND MINOR!</a></h3><h3>Questions? Email us at:</h3><p>Listen to Professor Gary Rogers talk about the Cybersecurity Minor on<a href="">&nbsp;</a><object data="/sites/all/players/audio-player.swf" data-source="/it-management/sites/" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="24" width="290"><param name="movie" value="/sites/all/players/audio-player.swf"><param name="FlashVars" value="soundFile=/it-management/sites/"><param name="quality" value="high"><param name="menu" value="false"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></object><a href=""> </a></p><p><a href="">KOHO-FM</a>.(Click on the link to download the mp3 file).</p>Summer Classes are Here!, 10 Jun 2013 09:17:44<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;"></p><h3>We believe in win-win scenarios at ITAM.</h3><p>This is why we offer a large selection of online classes each summer. Our students accelerate their academic progress <em>and</em> enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online learning. We offer multiple sections with no reserves making it easier to take some of our high-demand courses, including most of our core curriculum.</p><h3>Classes start on June 17th - register today!</h3><h3><a href="/it-management/sites/" target="_blank">Full Summer Schedule</a></h3>