CONTACT: Nicole Smith
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312



ATHENS, W.Va. – This fall Concord University is offering a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Concord’s curriculum is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the core tenants of cybersecurity; effective program management; prevention and detection of cybersecurity events; defensive architectures; managing responses and mitigations; and designing information systems securely. The program prepares students for a wide variety of careers, such as Cybersecurity Analyst, Security Engineer, Security Consultant, Penetration Tester, and Security Operations Center Analyst.

Assistant Director of Computer Science, Lonnie Bowe says of the program, “This is an innovative, in-demand program. We’re proud and excited to bring it to Southern West Virginia. There has been a growing demand for this from both students, government officials, and the industry. Our caring and dedicated faculty look forward to launching students into new careers for years to come.”

Jobs in cybersecurity are offered by West Virginian employers such as the FBI in Clarksburg, Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, Navarro Research and Engineering, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies, and the United Health Group, as well as state and local government. Hospitals, higher education institutions, and the banking industry are also in need of cybersecurity workers. Remote jobs are not uncommon in cybersecurity and would allow workers with high paying salaries to stay in the area.
Concord’s Cybersecurity program builds upon the strengths of the Computer Science program, which has placed students at a wide range of companies including Google, NASA, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Capitol One, the FBI, and Red Hat, to name a few.

The program offers several in-demand courses that are not offered at other state institutions, such as Secure Coding, Cybersecurity Program Management, and Reverse Engineering. Students will also participate in a year-long major specific capstone project.

The degree is designed with recommendations from professional organizations such as the Association for Computing Machinery and the National Security Agency. Concord’s program will feature close interaction among students and their peers, students and instructors, and instruction by full-time faculty. Students will be mentored and prepared to become life-long learners who can adapt to rapid change in the industry. In addition to exposure to up-to-date technologies, people skills and career development are built into the courses giving students direction to find jobs, apply to them, succeed in interviews, and advance in the workplace.

For more information about the B.S. in Cybersecurity program, please contact Lonnie Bowe at 304-384-5387 or


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A group of students using the Marsh Library computer lab at Concord University