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Cybersecurity curriculum to draw on industry expertise

The University of Windsor and BlackBerry Limited have partnered to develop and deliver a cybersecurity curriculum for the University’s Graduate Master’s Program in Applied Computing. BlackBerry Bootcamp will be taught as part of a required course in network security, and completion of the curriculum will account for a portion of the student’s final grade.

BlackBerry, based in Waterloo, Ontario, provides security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world.

The course curriculum will cover a range of cybersecurity topics, including:

  • digital identity protection and privacy,
  • software engineering,
  • the latest techniques of cybercriminals, and
  • advanced threat detection technologies.

UWindsor president Rob Gordon welcomed the partnership.

“This innovative remote learning collaboration will provide students a unique opportunity to develop crucial data science skills and expertise that will allow them to excel in an increasingly digital marketplace,” he said.

Ross Romano, Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities, commended the collaborative spirit shown by the University and BlackBerry.

“Ontario continues to lead the way with innovative partnerships that enhance the educational opportunities for our post-secondary students,” Romano said. “I am pleased to see the University of Windsor partner with BlackBerry to provide practical training on cybersecurity, software engineering and privacy protection.”

The course will be delivered as a remote learning program over 10 weeks starting May 18.