DURHAM – From the smartwatch on your wrist to the traffic light-controlled intersection at the next corner, to the power stations that light your city, to farm machinery in agricultural fields, computing technology is embedded everywhere.

This technology has created efficiencies, lowered costs, and expanded access to communication and information—but not without risks. Among the most troubling are hackers, spies and other bad actors who could breach those systems and potentially cause havoc on a wide scale. In fact, the National Academy of Engineering named “Securing Cyberspace” as one its 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century.

To help meet the need for specialized engineers who can design and defend secure systems, Duke is launching a new Cybersecurity Master of Engineering degree program.

The 30-credit degree, available beginning in fall 2021 on Duke’s campus or online, will educate students with engineering or computer science backgrounds in the technical, ethical and business dimensions of cybersecurity.

“This new degree is a strategic response to growing demand from businesses, educational institutions and governments for cyber-savvy engineering professionals,” said program director Jimmie Lenz. “By combining a highly interdisciplinary structure and technical instruction with business skills development, this Duke Engineering degree is designed to develop professionals with the skillset that organizations need to protect their vital networks and systems.”

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