At a time when data breaches are making headlines, a Grambling State University student is about to receive Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity.
Alexis White of Arcadia also holds a biology degree. Grambling received approval for the state’s only bachelor’s degree programme in cybersecurity in 2018, so she gained it that year.
According to the school, Louisiana Tech has a cyber engineering programme, and other Louisiana schools offer cybersecurity concentrations but not degrees in the area.
On Thursday, White will earn her second degree. According to a school press release, the degree links students with study leaders and working professionals in risk evaluation, big data, cloud computing, and combating cybercrime.
White, who was a member of Ruston High School’s robotics team and was selected as a high school freshman to attend Louisiana Tech’s Cyber Security Camp, was late in her biology curriculum when Grambling announced the cybersecurity programme.
“I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t give myself the chance to pursue all of my passions,” she said, “especially because I’d loved science since Barney was mixing blue and yellow paint to make green paint.”
She will finish her Clinton Global Initiative coursework after graduation and then begin an apprenticeship at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited as a cyber analyst in governance, risk, and enforcement. Audit and assurance services, regulatory services, and risk and financial advice services are among the services offered by the firm.