Students earn cybersecurity certification 

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Displaying their TestOut Security Pro Certifications are (left to right): Daniel Senn, Jiwon Chae, Mark Hoffman and Norman Barker 

Displaying their TestOut Security Pro Certifications are (left to right): Daniel Senn, Jiwon Chae, Mark Hoffman and Norman Barker

Four students at SUNY Fredonia – Norman Barker, Jiwon Chae, Mark Hoffman and Daniel Senn – recently earned the TestOut Security Pro Certification.  

The certification test was the final assessment in the SUNY Fredonia course, CSIT 201: Computer Security and Ethics. 

Mr. Barker is a senior Business Administration: Management major from Gerry, NY; Ms. Chae, a junior Computer Science major from Jamestown, NY; Mr. Hoffman, a senior Music Industry major from Malta, NY, with a minor in Computer Information Systems, and Mr. Senn, a sophomore Economics major from Grand Island, NY. 

The Security Pro certification measures the ability to perform tasks commonly performed by IT security professionals such as network and systems administrators and IT security specialists. These professionals are typically responsible for helping to implement and maintain security protocols and best practices.  

Earning the TestOut Security Pro Certification demonstrates that each student is capable of implementing layered security through group policy objects, access control lists, wireless and wired local area network security measures and workstation and mobile device security measures. 

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Information security analysts typically need a bachelor’s degree in a computer science field, along with related work experience. Employers may prefer to hire analysts who have professional certification.” 

Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations, the bureau stated. About 16,800 openings for information security analysts are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

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