Kirkwood Community College now offering cybersecurity program – KCRG

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – This fall, Kirkwood Community College is launching a cybersecurity and compliance program. A report from Cybercrime Magazine projects cyberattacks could cost the world more than $10 trillion annually, creating an increased need for cybersecurity experts.

The program serves to arm students with the technical programming skills to address cybersecurity concerns, but school leaders say the program will expand to the business aspect as well.

“When you think about industry partners in general, it’s really important that they’re able to not only read the data, but be able to communicate it,” Tamara Alt, Business and IT Dean and Kirkwood, said.

It’s a two-year program with no prerequisites or age limits.

“You’re going to come in the first couple of semesters, learn the basics, learn computing, and then we’ll pivot and get you into risk and then governance and compliance as well,” Ruffalo said.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting a drastic increase in demand for cybersecurity specialists within the next decade.

Kirkwood is currently enrolling students in the program. Interested students can reach out to the Kirkwood admission staff by visiting

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