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Global Collaborative Magazine Ranks Information Security and Intelligence Program Among Best Bachelor’s Degrees in Cybersecurity

PhotoA global collaborative online magazine, Startup.info recently ranked Ferris State University’s Information Security and Intelligence program among their 10 Best Bachelor’s Degrees in Cybersecurity in the United States. Ferris’ team recently placed fourth among 25 teams from top national cybersecurity programs in a national penetration testing event, “Hack The Port 22.”

A Paris-based online magazine focused on startup industries, innovation and education, has included Ferris State University’s Information Security and Intelligence program among its Best Bachelor Degrees in Cybersecurity. Startup.info noted Ferris in its top 10 universities and institutes throughout the U.S.

The publication notes Ferris’ inclusivity and “being an affordable degree option, even for out-of-state students.” 

Greg Gogolin, an alumnus and professor in Cybersecurity and Data Science, said the regard held by other entities speaks to the program’s excellence.

“The Information Security and Intelligence degree is ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited in cybersecurity and is one of only two accredited cybersecurity degrees available online in the U.S.,” Gogolin said. “We are also proud to be an NSA (National Security Agency) Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and a Department of Defense Center of Digital Forensic Academic Excellence.”

Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel first visited the Information Security and Intelligence program in January 2021. Nessel followed up with a campus visit on Wednesday, May 4. Gogolin noted that her continuing attention to the cybersecurity program shows how seriously she takes the challenges of cybercrime and the implications.

“She was interested in seeing what students are working on in the ISI program,” Gogolin said. “Misinformation, deep fakes and social media make a difficult environment in the search for factual information. Last year, she visited via Zoom. This year, I asked her to come to campus, and she was more than happy to do so, for which we are thankful.”

Gogolin said though other cybersecurity programs recognized by Startup.info offer their bachelor’s degrees entirely through online coursework, he suggested Ferris stands out because of its program accreditation and faculty experience.

“Our instructors have an average of 15 years of field experience with industry and government, generally holding multiple certifications in crucial aspects of cybersecurity,” Gogolin said. “Comparisons by a discerning student or family often point to these achievements as a determinant in their final choice for studies and career preparation.”

He added that Ferris also makes a strong case for its program and student quality by consistently placing in the top five in national penetration-testing competitions. A team of ISI Bachelor of Science students, joined by an ISI Master of Science student, recently placed fourth among 25 teams in the Hack The Port 22 event, held this spring in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Learn more about Information Security and Intelligence at Ferris.