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IT pros rank University of Texas San Antonio best school for cybersecurity

February 24, 2014 06:24 AM ET

It's also unclear how knowledgeable the survey respondents were about each school's cybersecurity programs or how much they might have been influenced by either a positive or a negative experience with a university.

Even so, the survey responses paint a fairly clear picture of what IT security practitioners view as the best schools for cybersecurity in the U.S., said Larry Ponemon, founder of the Ponemon Institute.

The numbers for the top-ranked schools are large enough to show the ratings are consistently positive, Ponemon said. "It shows those particular schools stand out from other schools in the whole area of cybersecurity education," Ponemon said. The results are an unambiguous indicator of educational quality and student performance, he said.

Most the schools that cracked the top-10 list are NSA and Department of Homeland Security-certified centers of academic excellence, Ponemon said. Their curriculums address both technical and theoretical issues in cybersecurity, undergraduate and graduate level programs and hands-on learning opportunities. Typically, schools in the top 10 list also tend to have faculty members who are leading practitioners or researchers in the field of cybersecurity.

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