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Nichols College co-hosts free cybersecurity webinar, announces new cybersecurity master’s certificate

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College Graduate Studies and Cybereason are teaming up to present The Management/Cybersecurity Divide: The Gap Between Leadership and IT is Creating Risk on October 21, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

This free webinar will address one of the biggest threats in network security – managing the “silo mentality” between management and security professionals. A panel of cybersecurity experts will explore today’s cyberthreat landscape, roles and responsibilities of leadership, needs and success metrics for IT, and a common risk-based language. Moderated by Dr. Allison McDowell-Smith, director of the Nichols College Graduate Counterterrorism Program, the panel will feature Sam Curry, CSO, Cybereason; Stephanie Helm, director, MassCyberCenter; Walid Khiari, managing director, Rothschild Global Advisory; and Karen Walsh, senior vice president, Alliant Insurance. The webinar is part of MassCyberCenter’s Cybersecurity Month 2020. 

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In conjunction with the event, Nichols College Graduate Studies is announcing the launch of a non-technical master’s certificate program. The certificate is designed for public, private, and municipal government leaders and managers who seek to strengthen their ability to protect their organizations against ransomware and other attacks. 

“Cyberspace touches every aspect of our personal and professional lives,” says Tom Stewart, associate dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. “Today’s leaders must be proactive and proficient in developing risk management strategies to combat cyberthreats which can have catastrophic consequences for their own organizations and the global business arena.”

In this program, students will learn from professionals and academics about the current and evolving threat environment, build foundational understanding, identify cybersecurity best practices, comprehend effective governance strategies, and write protection plans. 

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About Nichols College  Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom, and through impactful research and professional education. Students thrive in a learning and living environment that is supported by an experiential business curriculum and a strong liberal arts foundation aimed at transforming them into tomorrow’s leaders. In addition to, Nichols offers master’s degrees in business, leadership, accounting, and counterterrorism as well as a range of certificate programs, to promote career advancement for today’s professionals.

Media Contacts: 
Susan Veshi 
AVP, Advancement and College Communications

Jillian Riches 
Asst. Director, Public Engagement