K-State Polytechnic Launches UAS Cybersecurity Offering


Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is launching a new offering for individuals interested in cybersecurity of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

A graduate certificate in UAS information assurance is being rolled out this fall. Enrolled students will learn how to protect drones from cyberattacks and understand information assurance risk assessment principles applicable to UAS operations.

“The mission of Kansas State Polytechnic is to provide students with industry-relevant, applicable learning that can be immediately transferred to the workforce,” comments Verna Fitzsimmons, the campus’ CEO and dean. “Our new graduate certificate in unmanned aircraft systems information assurance provides students with necessary education and skills to make an impact in a globally relevant industry.”

According to the university, courses incorporate current knowledge and practices in accordance with the terms of information assurance and security, communications security, and risk assessment as applicable to the safe integration of UAS into national airspace and deployment for global counter-terrorism operations.

“The unmanned aircraft systems cybersecurity graduate certificate teaches students how to ensure UAS data collection is accurate and secure, which is imperative in preventing hostile counterintelligence,” notes Randall Nichols, a professor of practice in the School of Integrated Studies at K-State Polytechnic.

The graduate certificate is offered online in eight-week, interactive segments. Enrollment is now open.

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