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More than $260,000 in provincial funding awarded for expansion of cybersecurity and IT programs at Concordia University of Edmonton

Posted on: Aug 17, 2018
Information Technology, Cybersecurity

Students at the Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) are benefitting from over $260,000 in program and equipment funding as they prepare for in-demand careers in computer and information technology. This investment at CUE supports the university’s strategy by increasing spaces for technology related programming and trains the tech sector within the Province. As one of the fastest growing sectors in Alberta, the tech industry is expected to generate numerous jobs in the next decade – and CUE is ready to meet the demand!

“In this era of growing nation-state cyberattacks, governments and companies need to be prepared to protect both public and private interests,” comments Shawn Thompson, a graduate of CUE’s Master of Information Systems Security Management (MISSM) program. Dr. Sergey Butakov, Associate Professor of CUE’s MISSM program agrees, “The need for security professionals will continue to expand along with the unprecedented growth of the network-connected devices and systems affecting every area of our lives.”

CUE Students will benefit from over $260,000 in program and equipment funding as they prepare for in-demand careers in computer and information technology.
Hon. Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education, visited CUE, where he met with students and CUE’s President Tim Loreman.


Understanding this need for professionals in the rapidly expanding information security field, CUE graduates over 120 professionals from its Masters and Diploma programs annually, with graduates leading very successful careers in government, industry and consulting. These professionals continue to move the information security field forward through their work and research.

The investment in Alberta’s technology programs comes as a result of the passing of the Growth and Diversification Act. Minister of Advanced Education, Hon. Marlin Schmidt, has committed to investing in tech-based education and training to build and develop the Alberta workforce and ensure the province has the talent and skill to support its evolving economic and technological needs.

CUE offers the following graduate degrees and diplomas:

  • Master of Information Systems Assurance Management
  • Master of Information System Security Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Assurance
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Systems Security

For further information about the above programs contact CUE’s Faculty of Management at management@concordia.ab.ca or visit the website at concordia.ab.ca/infosec

For information about other CUE programs visit: www.concordia.ab.ca



About Concordia University of Edmonton

CUE is a boutique university, small enough that every student is essential yet large enough for a global outlook. In and out of our classrooms and lecture halls, we translate what we learn into extraordinary hands-on experiences. We live and work on a small campus, a river valley oasis, but Edmonton is our workshop. Our ultimate goal has not changed since 1921: to be more than students and professors, to create a community of active citizens, of good and honourable people.