TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A new course at Hudson Valley Community College is honing the skills to fight one of the most persistent and damaging of newer crimes – cyber attacks.
The course is called Cybersecurity 101, and the college launched the class last week. The school teamed up with GreyCastle Security in Troy.
GreyCastle said there are one million new open positions in the field because everyone is looking to hire in cybersecurity.
“Forbes estimated that the damages directly related to cybercrime will reach $2 trillion in 2016,” GreyCastle CEO REg Harnish said.
Harnish said there’s not a lack of employment in cybersecurity.
“The threat landscape, the types of challenges and problems we face changes every day,” he said.
“The scary thing is that one leads to another leads to another,” HVCC Associate Dean Richard Bennett said. “And it really was a call to arms.”
Cybersecurity 101 is a workforce development course open to anyone. Bennett said HVCC is looking to bundle it with other courses.
“Looking at specializing in particular areas like retail, healthcare, the insurance industry, providing skill sets,” he said.
The class will look at recent breaches like the ones at Anthem or Target to learn what could have been done, what comes next, and how to identify the biggest risks.
Harnish said those aren’t always technology driven.
“People are the biggest risk for most companies, and hackers love it,” he said.
You don’t have to be a student to take the class. It’s pay once, learn forever, which means you can retake the class as many times as you want because there will be a new cyber attack to look into each year.