Industry leader in cyber security enriches online master’s program; registration underway

CEDAR CITY — When Southern Utah University launched its groundbreaking Master of Science in cyber security and information assurance program at the end of 2015, its next move was to enrich the program’s curriculum by partnering with some of the industry’s best and brightest professionals.

Chris Pogue, Cyber security expert and adjunct professor for SUU, location and date not given | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, Cedar City News / St. George News
Chris Pogue, Cyber security expert and adjunct professor for SUU, location and date not given | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, Cedar City News / St. George News

Cyber security expert Chris Pogue, who is also an adjunct professor for SUU’s program, was recently promoted at Nuix, a global technology firm at the forefront of cyber security solutions and one of SUU’s chief program partners. Pogue’s new role as the chief information security officer will further enhance the educational environment for online students.

“From U.S. Secret Service training to law enforcement advisory missions in Australia and Kazakhstan, Pogue is one of the most renowned leaders in the cyber world,” SUU’s Online Admissions Director Roger LaMarca said.

“Starting this summer,” he said, “students who take SUU’s cyber security courses will learn directly from one of the industry greats, a rare privilege that will arm them with knowledge and insight that are not accessible anywhere else.”

According to his company profile, Pogue, formerly senior vice president of cyber threat analysis at Nuix, possesses extensive expertise in the field of cyber security.

A breach investigator with a military and law enforcement background, Pogue understands better than most the security threats to big data. He has advised organizations across the globe on the appropriate countermeasures to illegal hacks and digital disruption. In a recent white paper, Pogue boldly argues where modern efforts in cyber security have gotten it wrong and presents “a strategic battle plan and practical action plan for organizations to focus on using technology, people, and processes to address the people problems of cybersecurity.”

Pogue, along with other experienced professionals, will offer SUU students a truly real-world education via online courses.

According to SUU’s news release, these kinds of courses found in the MS-CSIA program specifically address “the design and management of systems tasked with defending networks from external threats, such as terrorism.” By taking these courses, students will obtain defense industry-level skills and enter the workforce prepared for a market in high demand for cyber security professionals.

Registration for the summer and fall semesters is currently underway. Those who are interested in this program are encouraged to immediately contact SUU at telephone 435-865-8665 or by email to onlineadmissions@suu.edu.

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