Ep 31: MS in Cybersecurity Programs with Dr. Steven Weber and Colbert Zhu

It’s time for another episode of the YesCollege podcast! This week, we continued our discussion of Cybersecurity (but focusing on a Master of Science in Cybersecurity) with two excellent guests. Dr. Steven Weber and our very first student guest, Colbert Zhu, were kind enough to share their knowledge of the field and what studying it is like. Steve is a Professor and Interim Department Head – Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as the Director of the – Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute at Drexel University. Meanwhile Colbert is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and is the Founding President of the Drexel CyberDragons, a competitive cybersecurity team.

The unique prospective of a student, as well as a professor with a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge made this one of our most interesting episodes yet!

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • What Cybersecurity as a field really is, in Steve and Colbert’s own words.
  • Which careers and job positions graduates with cybersecurity degrees or knowledge can find themselves qualified for.
  • What’s different about an MS in Cybersecurity vs an MBA in Cybersecurity.
  • How cybersecurity programs are structured and what the most common “pain points” are for students.
  • Where Colbert and Steve think cybersecurity is going to be as a field in 5-10 years.
  • And a whole lot more.

Featured on the Show:

  • Connect with Steve Weber: LinkedIn
  • Connect with Colbert Zhu: LinkedIn
  • Connect with the Show: Facebook | Twitter
  • Drexel University at a Glance

    Drexel University Logo

    Drexel University may have begun as a non-degree-granting institution, but today they offer over 200 degree programs through their 15 colleges and schools. As part of the university’s commitment to preparing students for their futures, Drexel strives to provide education that is experiential, valuable, and technology-infused. Students can also add to their professional skill sets through Drexel’s leadership development, financial management, and event planning programs, in addition to participating in any of the 300+ student organizations on campus.

    • University Established: 1891
    • University Student Population: ~24,000
    • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Mascot: Mario the Magnificent, Drexel Dragons

    MS in Cybersecurity from Drexel University

    The MS in Cybersecurity degree program at Drexel University aims to provide students with specialized academic and practical training in cybersecurity. With core classes in computer networking, mathematics, policy, ethics, privacy, and legal issues, this program is designed to help students with a background in computer engineering, computer science, or other related technical fields advance through their careers.

    Student Organization of the Week: Collegiate Cyber Defense Club at UCF

    Each week we recognize a Student Organization of the Week… as selected by the YesCollege community! Higher education is nothing without students, so we want to highlight organizations doing great work building community in their schools and engaging their peers. As a reminder, if you have any suggestions for us don’t hesitate to let us know via email!

    This week, we’re so happy to recognize the Collegiate Cyber Defense Club at UCF!

    Their mission is simple…

    They “strive to foster a generation that is aware of information security, specifically in the Central Florida area. and expect to fulfill our mission through getting the campus community involved in the cyber realm through education and experience in both offensive and defensive security strategies.”

    The club, founded back in the fall of 2012, has seen a lot of growth as they became a registered student organization at UCF. They do many things around both offensive security and defensive seuciry including:

    • Compete in offense-based virtual Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions.
    • Provide tutorials, talks, and workshops to discuss and apply offensive and defensive security strategies.
    • Invite guest speakers from major companies and corporations in the region to discuss security.
    • Take special trips to various companies.

    This is the kind of student organization that helps bring their peers together while also doing awesome work. We’ve just been listening to how important (and awesome) cybersecurity is, so what better way to engage with it than by joining a club.

    Huge shout out to them for being our Student Organization of the Week… keep up the great work!

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