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Bay Path to Host Hearing on Cyber Threats, Career Opportunities

LONGMEADOW — The Massachusetts House Committee on Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs, chaired by state Rep. Angelo Puppolo Jr., will host a legislative hearing on Monday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Wright Hall on the Bay Path University campus to learn about emerging cyber threats and career opportunities in the field of cybersecurity management.

The legislative hearing, titled “Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Cyber Careers,” will offer businesses, organizations, and interested individuals an opportunity to provide testimony on issues addressing risks and responses to cyber threats, including the growing skills gap, with thousands of related jobs currently going unfilled in Massachusetts.

Bay Path University President Carol Leary will welcome legislators to the campus and to the legislative hearing. Leary was recently appointed to the Academic Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Larry Snyder, Bay Path University’s director of Cybersecurity Programs, will provide testimony about the new and increasing threats in cybersecurity and about the myriad management jobs currently available and going unfilled. He will share ways in which Bay Path and the academic community can play a role in meeting the growing demand for skilled cybersecurity managers.

“As a Commonwealth, we need to be preparing the next generation of cybersecurity leaders and managers to protect the public from cyber attacks,” Puppolo said. “I am pleased to hold a hearing on this topic at Bay Path University, an emerging leader in providing a career pathway in this critical area.”

Leary said there is a critical need for cybersecurity professionals and many opportunities for women entering the field. Currently, about 2 million cybersecurity jobs worldwide are going unfilled, some 200,000 in the U.S. alone. Women fill only 9% of cybersecurity jobs worldwide.

The conference is free and open to the public. Those interested should register on the Bay Path website at bit.ly/2rEsbuS.

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