December 7, 2021 Melissa Lamar

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Tunxis announced the launch of a new cybersecurity operations program this fall to meet high demand for cybersecurity positions.

There are currently close to 600,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions in the U.S. including 33,432 entry-level cybersecurity analyst jobs, according to, with a promising career outlook projected over the next decade.

The Tunxis associate degree and certificate provide students with skills for entry-level cybersecurity positions responsible for protecting companies and organizations from cyberattacks.

“Cyberattacks are the biggest risk to businesses right now,” said Jorge Gonzales, assistant professor of CIS/cybersecurity. “The volume and sophistication of these attacks originating from all around the world continues to increase on a regular basis.”

In the program, students learn security concepts they practice in real-world scenarios which they can apply to situations on the job. The curriculum provides specialized knowledge in the areas of ethical hacking/penetration testing, digital forensics, information assurance, threat and vulnerability identification, cloud security, and related areas such as network security. The degree prepares students for foundational certifications: CompTIA CySA+, CompTIA PenTest+, Microsoft Certified Azure Security Engineer Associate, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, EC Council CEH, and EC Council ECSA.

Cybersecurity operations is among 10 degrees and certificates at Tunxis with computer science and computer information systems emphases. For more information on the cybersecurity operations program, contact Jorge Gonzales at [email protected].

Tunxis is currently accepting registrations for spring 2022 semester, which starts Jan. 21. The deadline to apply for PACT, Connecticut’s program for debt-free community college, has been extended. For more information on how to apply and register, contact the Admissions Office at 860.773.1490 or [email protected].