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New Cybersecurity Program lead named

August 11, 2022

Dr. Horcher hails from top-ranked business school in Central and Eastern Europe

Northwood University is proud to announce Dr. Ann-Marie Horcher is joining its faculty as the program lead for the university’s cybersecurity program.  

Horcher recently completed a Fulbright fellowship in Warsaw, Poland at Kozminski University. Kozminski University is ranked the top business school in Central and Eastern Europe, and a leader in the digital transformation movement.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects information security analyst will be the 10th fastest growing occupation over the next decade, with an employment growth rate of 31% compared to the 4% average growth rate for all occupations. Most of these entry to mid-level positions do not require certifications.  This allows employers to cast a wider net for candidates for these high demand jobs. Cybersecurity jobs by their nature, are more likely to fuse skill sets from disparate domains. Each new technology now has a digital component, and every technology with a digital component needs a digital security component. It is important to integrate cyber security and not leave it as a separate silo from other technology.

“Northwood can be part of the pipeline that brings STEM to a wider community and provides the talent for these very critical jobs and technology,” Horcher said. “Cybersecurity and data privacy are key to protecting the digital assets of both business and people in their personal life lives. “

Horcher comes to Northwood with both industry and academic experience. She received her Ph.D. in information systems security from Nova Southeastern University, one of the earliest schools designated as a Center of Excellence in cybersecurity by the National Security Agency (NSA).  She laid the foundations for the information architecture of Dow Corning, which was purchased by Dow Chemical, lead a portion of the SAP implementation, and implemented the security that protects their intellectual property, among many other projects in her decades there. Her research in cybersecurity explores the human computer interface and innovative ways to improve security to protect digital assets. It includes work in mobile apps, and conversational interfaces in IOT (Internet of Things). 

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