Kasidit Tipayaosoth (David)

Cybersecurity and Forensics 2016

Special Recognition: April 2016 Student of the Month

Career goal:
After I obtain my bachelor’s degree, I would like to go on and earn a master’s degree. Then we shall see where life takes me.

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I was born and raised in Thailand before moving to the United States in 2011. I graduated high school in 2014 before starting at Hodges. With the skills and knowledge I obtained from my schooling, I accepted a position at Treeline Elementary as their technology specialist.

What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
Besides being successful in both school and work, I believe, it is equally as important to give back to the community. I team up with the Fisher School of Technology Society and the Ambassador’s Club every semester to volunteer with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Goliasano Children’s Hospital.

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
It is hard for me to pick one favorite class. I find that every class is interesting in its own unique way.

Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
All of the professors that I have met have helped me get to where I am today, and I am very thankful for their help. With that being said, I would like to give a big shout out to all of the professors at Hodges, you rock!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I faced was the transition moving from Thailand to the U.S. Even though I spoke English, I had to adjust my vocabulary, as well as adapt to a new culture.

What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
A degree from Hodges means the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I may not know which road I will take, but the degree will help guide me on the path to success.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University?
One piece of advice that I would give to my fellow students at Hodges is always give 110 percent in whatever you are doing, no matter how big or small the project.

Hodges University’s Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity and forensics program prepares students for the development and support of computer information systems with regard to cybersecurity and forensics. Students are provided the opportunity to achieve industry recognized certifications, including A+, Security+, Net+ and CCNA.

Certified through the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), students are provided a solid credential to assist with a move into the national security sector upon degree completion.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics concludes that from 2014-2024, the employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent. The demand is expected to be high, and the expectation for information security analysts will be to “create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.”*

One of the advantages of Hodges’ bachelor’s program in cybersecurity and forensics is it is offered on campus, online and in a self-paced format. Hodges’ UPOWER™self-paced learning program allows you to take control of your education and earn your degree quickly and more affordably than a traditional college education. You may begin six months of unlimited course access on the first day of any month. When you enroll in UPOWER™, you can earn maximum credit for prior learning, which includes skills acquired on the job or through military service.

Are you wondering how Hodges’ program may be different from other programs at other institutions? At Hodges, you will receive an in-depth specialization in the area of cybersecurity and forensics, and you will be prepared for an occupation focusing on planning and executing security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems from various threats. In addition, you will learn from faculty members with real-world experience.

Many doors can open for you if you choose to earn your degree in cybersecurity and forensics. Specialty careers include forensic analyst, security auditor, computer crime investigator and information security analyst.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Information Security Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm (visited May 10, 2016).

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