TCAT computer program finalist for national award

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville announced Thursday that its information technology and infrastructure management program has been named a finalist in the SC Awards 2018 for exemplary professional leadership in cybersecurity.

The program was acknowledged as a finalist for Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program in the professional award category. Winners will be announced at the SC Awards ceremony on April 17 in San Francisco.

Protecting world

“In an age where threats are ever-evolving, it is reassuring to know that one true constant is the commitment of dedicated information security professionals, as best exemplified by our SC Media Awards finalists,” said Illena Armstrong, vice president for editorial of SC Media.

“These inspiring innovators have set a high bar for their industry peers, as they continue to protect the world from attacks and vulnerabilities that imperil our security, privacy, and digital infrastructure. The year 2017 brought us WannaCry ransomware infections, the rise of cryptominers, and bugs like Broadpwn and BlueBorne that affected billions of devices. Whatever threats rear their ugly heads in 2018 and beyond, our finalists will be ready to act.”

Now in their 21st year, the SC Awards recognize accomplishment by cybersecurity professionals, products and services. Winners in the professional award category are selected by an expert panel of judges, who conducted in-depth analysis and considered factors such as applicable research, analyst reports and/or product reviews to narrow down the field of hundreds of submissions to just the top finalists.

Major honor

“It’s an honor to be named as a finalist with SC Media. With cyber security careers growing at over 18 percent and cyber crimes growing at an unprecedented rate, it is important to train IT professionals to be ready for tomorrow’s challenges today,” said Steve Mallard, lead ITIM instructor at TCAT-Shelbyville.

“Training the next generation of IT professionals with excellence and professionalism is the foundation of our Information Technology and Infrastructure Management program. Being recognized as leaders in innovation in the information technology arena is a testament to the program’s quality. We are honored to be nominated as a finalist,” said TCAT-S president Laura Monks.

“The SC Award’s Professional Award category represents the highest caliber of leadership in the cybersecurity industry,” said Illena Armstrong of SC Media. “As a finalist, the [TCAT-S] information technology and infrastructure management program has shown unique creativity and passion in their approach to addressing and combating even the most challenging cybersecurity issues.”

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