MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University has obtained Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy certification, providing new opportunities for students in the University’s telecommunications systems management (TSM) program.

Palo Alto Networks is a multinational cybersecurity company based in Santa Clara, California. Recognized as an industry leader, Palo Alto Networks’ Cybersecurity Academy program offers comprehensive course content for students that better prepares them for a career in the field.

That content includes learning cybersecurity systems inside and out, defense mechanisms and strategies, encryption, networking, firewalls, mobile security and much more. There are three credentials that can be earned through courses:

• Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Associate — demonstrates up-to-date knowledge on cyber threats and cybersecurity
• Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (coming soon) — demonstrates knowledge about operating Palo Alto Networks firewalls to protect networks from cyber threats
• Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer — demonstrates a deep understanding of Palo Alto Networks technologies including designing, deploying, maintaining and troubleshooting implementations

“Since Murray State’s TSM program started our cybersecurity focus in 2001, we have strived to ensure that our students are prepared with the most relevant knowledge and latest technology to be leaders in the cybersecurity field,” said Dr. Michael Ramage, director of Murray State’s Center for Telecommunications Systems Management. “Our new partnership with Palo Alto will ensure that goal continues to happen.

“I’d like to thank Randall Joyce and the other TSM faculty for their energy and leadership in the development of innovative approaches to ensure our students learn the newest technological trends, all while working with the newest equipment.”

Wes Spencer, ’04, ‘08, chief information security officer for cyber threat intelligence company Perch, praised the University’s certification.

“Murray State’s academic partnership with Palo Alto Networks is an exciting opportunity for students in the TSM program,” said Spencer, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University before joining the faculty as a professor of information security. “Palo Alto Networks is a recognized leader in the enterprise security marketplace. This partnership reinforces the commitment Murray State has to providing its students with a first-class, industry-ready education.”

Murray State University’s TSM program has been recognized as a statewide “Program of Distinction,” with both its undergraduate and graduate programs having been recognized as “Programs of the Year” by the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association. Through hands-on learning in state-of-the-art facilities, Murray State prepares its TSM students for a wide variety of careers in networking, system security, telecommunications project management and more. For more information, please visit murraystate.edu/tsm.

Photo: Murray State University has obtained Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy certification, providing new opportunities for students in the University’s telecommunications systems management (TSM) program.

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