JMU launches cybersecurity basics course designed for managers

james madison university jmuIn January 2019, James Madison University will pilot a noncredit professional development certificate program for managers who desire a basic understanding of cybersecurity threats and strategies.

The cybersecurity basics for managers certificate provides professionals an overview of topics in information security, including best practices for mitigating risks, how to choose competent vendors, assess business vulnerabilities and create a company culture around data protection.

The short course was developed to fit busy professionals’ schedules, requiring only two full days and two morning online sessions. The pilot course is scheduled for Jan. 7-17, with registration closing Jan. 4.  In order to serve a regional audience, one full-day will be in Harrisonburg and the other in Roanoke.

“Many leaders do not have a technical background, but are finding themselves increasingly responsible for decisions related to information security,” explained Kai Degner, director of professional development with JMU Outreach & Engagement. “Our market research study told us there is a niche for an affordable learning opportunity for professionals who want to know the basics so they can be more confident leaders.”

Partners for the program include 4-VA, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and the Roanoke Higher Education Center. The course developer and instructor, David Cafaro, is a career information security specialist and currently serves as the chief information officer for Capital One. The program is intended to be offered a few times each year.

Course and registration information can be found online. Questions about the program can be directed to Kai Degner at

JMU Outreach & Engagement Professional Development provides a range of noncredit learning opportunities to the business community. More information is available on the program listings website.


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