OREM — The State Board of Regents has approved a new cybersecurity graduate certificate at Utah Valley University. The program will start this fall.

The post-baccalaureate graduate certificate will provide students with advanced technical and managerial knowledge of cybersecurity. To facilitate the certificate, several specialized courses will be created.

Courses will cover topics including advanced technical studies, managing cybersecurity operations and understanding how cybersecurity affects the global community.

UVU will be the only university in Utah to offer a cybersecurity graduate certificate, according to a news release from the university.

In 2012, UVU was awarded a $3 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to create the Cybersecurity Career Pathways program to train students for the field of cybersecurity.

“The program helps prepare individuals for industry-standard certifications and literally hundreds of new and existing positions in these growing fields,” said Michael Savoie, dean of UVU’s College of Technology and Computing.

Students entering the certificate program will be required to have either a bachelor’s degree in information systems, information technology or computer science, or a bachelor’s degree in any discipline combined with two years of technology-related work experience. Students who do not meet the criteria can take additional undergraduate information technology courses at UVU to prepare for the program.

UVU currently offers a one-year certificate in network administration, an associate in applied science in information technology, a bachelor of science in information technology with emphasis in computer forensics and security, and a bachelor of science in information technology in network administration and security.

UVU has collaborated with the Utah Department of Workforce Services to locate and serve eligible workers and, along with area industries, strengthen curriculum and create internships. The project also is endorsed by the Utah State Workforce Investment Board in recognizing the need for expanded training and more graduates in this critical field.

“UVU is anxious to become a leader in training for information and cybersecurity locally, statewide and regionally,” Savoie said.