Veri Justique Scientia Vindex – Knowledge is the defender of Truth and Justice – This is the motto of Saint Vincent College and also a guiding motivation for our Center of Cybersecurity Studies.
Cybersecurity in the 21st century is a complex and multifaceted problem facing every level of society across the globe. Anyone looking to be effective in this discipline must look to incorporate a multitude of talents that can tackle bits and bytes as well as policy and procedure. At Saint Vincent College we have developed a Cybersecurity program that combines a technically rigorous skill set with a liberal arts foundation while also instilling the values of our Catholic Heritage and Benedictine Tradition.
Housed in the Computing and Information Systems Department and part of the Boyer School of Natural Science, Mathematics and Computing, the Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity includes a core of courses that highlight discipline specific knowledge areas of Computer Science fundamentals. All of our courses are based on a hands-on project oriented curriculum that allows students to gain experience alongside the theoretical foundations. Our Cybersecurity centric courses provide opportunities to experience projects with physical equipment and the latest in best practice software. From network packet analysis to evidence capture and digital forensic experience, students gain knowledge and understanding while honing the skills that will expected of them when they enter the cyber workforce.
The liberal arts core at Saint Vincent supports the mission of our Cybersecurity program and the institution to “promote the love of values inherent in the liberal approach to life and learning.” This takes form in the creation of a philosophical habit that encourages curiosity while providing the tools for exploration and explanation. Foundations of Language, Rhetoric, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Theology, and History provide context and a broader sense of the impact of technology and how it is used in the world.
Benedictine colleges are grounded in centuries of Catholic teaching but remain open and hospitable to other intellectual traditions. As charged by Pope John Paul II in Ex Corde Ecclesiae we “search for truth wherever analysis and evidence leads.” The Benedictine monks of medieval Europe, for example, did not just copy the bible by hand to preserve it. They also copied the ancient Greek philosophy of Aristotle and others. Even though this was pagan philosophy, it was valued and preserved for future generations of scholars. The Catholic church also has a well-developed system of moral theology, what many would term ethics. Ethics, then, is a valued part of both education and wider life at Saint Vincent College.
Taken in combination, all of these and more factor in creating an environment unique in forming students prepared to tackle the cybersecurity challenges facing the world today – with technical skills, social consciousness, and a moral and ethical compass firmly directing them to fulfill a calling to serve their community and the common good.