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SUNY Cobleskill offers cybersecurity degree >> 


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SUNY Cobleskill offers cybersecurity degree >>


The Bachelor of Technology degree in Cybersecurity is designed to provide in-depth study in several areas of the cybersecurity domain, such as computer networking, computer programming, information security, web development, database development, and digital and mobile forensics. The program offers the range and depth of course work to enable graduates to enter directly into the field of cybersecurity, or to pursue graduate study. Furthermore, this program has an applied learning component that gives students real-world experience, using forensic tools and applications.


Program Highlights


Degree Options

Bachelor of Technology (BT)


In an applied setting, students will learn essential elements of cybersecurity, including computer networking, digital forensics, web development, and ethical hacking. Program coursework begins from an information technology perspective, spanning central concepts including software, hardware, operating systems, and computer networks. Higher-level study will focus on cybersecurity directly, introducing elements of forensics, ethical methods in system testing, and psychological concepts in information security. The program expands upon the College’s mission to provide education in the ethical creation and use of technology in professional service, as well as for personal use.

  • Information Security           
  • Digital Forensics                 
  • Ethical Hacking                   
  • Python Programming                     
  • Systems Analysis and Design                  
  • Database Concepts            
  • Project Management                      
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Microcomputer Applications
  • Spreadsheet and Database Applications
  • Computer Operating Systems
  • Computer Hardware Concepts
  • Linux Operating Systems
  • Networking
  • Network Technology
  • Network Administration
  • Information Security
  • Cisco Routing
  • System Integration and Interoperability
  • Web Publishing
  • Visual Programming
  • Java Web Publication
  • Business Communications
  • Computer Tech
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • IT Policy and Security
  • Object-Oriented Systems

United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show a 28% increase in the job outlook for cybersecurity professionals between 2016 and 2026. This correlates to the anticipated growth of cybercrimes, including cyberterrorism. In response to this projection, law enforcement, government, and business agencies are actively recruiting qualified cybersecurity professionals, to fill technician, analyst, and engineer positions. The transferability of skills cybersecurity professionals acquire supports additional employment opportunities in security consultation, risk management, and information technology.

This program requires all students to complete a 12-credit, full semester internship, from which students will gain real-world experience prior to graduation. Example internship sites include:

  • Upstate NY IT
  • Wegman Food Markets, Inc.
  • New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Beech-Nut Nutrition Company
  • Honeywell
  • Absolute Fire Protection, LLC
  • New York Central Mutual Insurance Company
  • AIDS Council of Northeastern New York
  • The Global Change Project
  • Cobleskill Regional Hospital
  • Kincaid Network Solutions
  • Sbarro, LLC

To simplify transfer from other institutions into this degree program, articulation agreements are in place with: 

  • Herkimer County Community College (students who complete an AS in Cybersecurity)
  • Hudson Valley Community College (students who complete an AS in Cybersecurity)

Members of the Cybersecurity Program Faculty possess extensive experience in information technology, computer programming, law enforcement, civic engagement, business management, and higher education instruction.


Dr. Jack Rivituso

  • 30 years experience in IT/computer science; positions include: Computer Programmer/Analyst, Consultant, Network Technician, Network Administrator
  • 20 years experience in law enforcement (police)
  • Former NYS computer programmer and network administrator
  • Higher educational experience instructing on topics in criminal justice, information systems security, computer science


Karl Schwarzenegger

  • 25 years higher education instruction in IT and business, as well as departmental administration
  • 15 years experience in private sector (various positions)
  • Six years experience in municipal politics


Dr. Grace Begany

  • More than 15 years experience in digital direction and production
  • 10 years experience as Director of Online and Software Development, Kaplan, Inc.
  • Experience in healthcare communications and project management consultation, as well as web analytics and digital creation.

Dr. Paul Amodeo

  • 15 years higher education instruction at SUNY Cobleskill
  • More than 20 years experience in engineering/environmental engineering
  • Also teaches environmental studies courses at the College
  • Principal Investigator – Bioenergy Gasification Research at SUNY Cobleskill (rotary gasifier)
  • Has provided consultation and contract support services in areas including informatics, software application, web development, network design and administration, systems design, and research support.


James Fisher

  • More than 20 years experience in information technology/security
  • Professional experience includes private industry and self-owned business positions


Elizabeth Montario


The BT in Cybersecurity aligns with SUNY Cobleskill’s role as a college of technology – specifically, to deliver education in emerging technologies and their applications. As cybersecurity transcends all areas of academic study, it is of great value to each SUNY Cobleskill degree program and its students. Numerous initiatives connect the program and its students to the College and its surrounding communities.

  • The Cybersecurity Club (student-led)
  • Internship sites in multiple College offices and departments
  • Potential internships sites in Cobleskill and surrounding communities
  • Planned acquisition of new texts for the College library catalog