Champlain College Online enhances cybersecurity program with new leadership

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Fri, 12/01/2017 - 1:36pm -- Denise Sortor

Champlain College Online, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, has announced a new chair of cybersecurity programs. Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, will help equip Champlain's adult students with the business and technical skills to solve some of the nation's most complex information security challenges.

"We are thrilled to welcome Kathleen as chair of cybersecurity programs, reflecting our institution's commitment to hiring administrators and educators who are practitioners in their fields and adept at helping students succeed," said Dr Mika Nash, Academic Dean of Continuing Professional Studies at Champlain College Online. "Every decision we make is about improving the academic experience for adult learners, so we place great weight on the people who lead and educate our students."

As program director, Hyde will maintain the cybersecurity and digital forensic programs' competitive and relevant edge, promote the growth of the nation's cybersecurity workforce and share her passion for lifelong learning by teaching several online classes. For more than 20 years, she has provided consulting services in cybersecurity, data recovery, business continuity and digital forensics to government, retail, finance, professional and residential customers. Hyde has also served as an instructor for Champlain's cybersecurity program and a subject-matter expert for course development for the past three years. Her areas of expertise and interest include insider threat detection, emerging threats and defenses, digital privacy and surveillance, and cybersecurity for educators.

"Cybersecurity challenges impact organizations' business operations on a daily basis, and both industry and government struggle with the cybersecurity-talent deficit," said Hyde. "I look forward to helping prepare working adults - and those returning to the workplace - with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the cybersecurity field."

As a leader in adult online education, regionally accredited Champlain College Online serves nearly 3,400 students in more than 60 degree programs. Through its truED Alliance Program, Champlain works closely with more than 70 public sector, nonprofit, and private sector organizations to address the cybersecurity skills gap, in addition to the other workforce challenges faced by today's businesses. Champlain students acquire new, career-focused skills and knowledge through accelerated online classes that can be completed quickly, highly relevant and applicable coursework, immersive labs and engaging discussions.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition. For the third year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2018 "America's Best Colleges," and an "A+ School for B Students" and is ranked in the top 100 Regional Universities of the North. Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2018 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2018 College of Distinction. For more information, visit