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Rasmussen College Welcomes Full-time Instructor To Lead New Network Security Program

School of Technology and Design Continues to Respond to Increasing Demand for Skilled Industry Professionals

November 9, 2010

Erin Werthman
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BISMARCK, N.D., (November 9, 2010) – Rasmussen College announces the launch of its Associate’s degree program in Information Systems Management with specialization in Network Security at the Rasmussen College – Bismarck, N.D. college campus. Industry veteran Christopher Haufschild has been brought on through the School of Technology and Design to lead the program, with classes scheduled to begin January 2011.

Haufschild brings more than a decade of experience in the IT industry to his new position as full-time Information Systems Management faculty at Rasmussen College. His experience ranges from jobs in systems administration, networking, and database architecture to technology consulting and training. Haufschild received a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems with minors in Computer Science and Business Administration from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., and a Master of Science in Information Technology with specialization in Data Management from Dakota State University in Madison, S.D.

“Our Associate’s degree program in Information Systems Management with a Network Security specialization teaches students best practices for protecting individual and company information against security breaches, a skill that has become increasingly valuable as the prevalence of such crimes rises,” Rasmussen College Bismarck Campus Director Erin Green said.“The diverse range of businesses, government entities, and educational institutions in the Bismarck region makes demand for skilled IT professionals uniquely high in a market where the Bureau of Labor Statistics already reports industry jobs will grow by 30 percent by 2018.”

From software publishing and computer systems design to health care and financial services, information technology professionals are employed in fields that span all industries. The industry has grown at twice the national rate in North Dakota, increasing the need for professionals skilled in network security to mitigate the risk of cyber threats. According to the State of the IT Industry Guide for North Dakota, the success of the state’s businesses, schools, colleges, hospitals, government, and nonprofit organizations is tied to the efficient and effective use of technology, which is not possible without network security professionals.

The announcement of the new Rasmussen College program comes during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, designed to empower citizens, businesses, government, and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness and help promote a safe Internet experience. From traditional and mobile breaches to those on mobile and wireless devices and networks, students of the Associate’s degree program in Information Systems Management with Network Security specialization will learn to assist a diverse clientele in protecting themselves against threats.

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