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Illinois Valley Community College’s 60-credit Associate of Applied Science degree in Cybersecurity has been approved by the Illinois Community College Board.

Beginning this fall, the program will address a surge in demand for skilled workers in information security and will cross-train IT staff to protect networks from cyber threats.

Courses include Managing Information Security, Digital Forensics, Security+, Cybersecurity Scripting, Computer Ethics and Ethical Hacking.

A 2017 study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education estimated there will be a 1.8 million worker gap in the information security workforce worldwide by 2022.

Security analysts earn a median hourly wage of $45.26 with an annual salary of $94,134, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (2018).

For information, contact Dean of Workforce Development Shane Lange at (815) 224-0219 or shane_lange@ivcc.edu. Summer and fall registration is underway. Fall classes begin Aug. 15.