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Franklin University Announces Center for Public Safety & Cybersecurity Education

Columbus, OH (March 5, 2018)

Franklin University, a leader in educating working adults, is proud to announce its new Center for Public Safety & Cybersecurity Education. Headed by co-executive directors Dr. Andy Igonor and Dr. Jonathan McCombs, the new Center was created to address the growing number of cyber-related incidents through education and training, and to promote greater awareness of issues that impact individuals and communities.

Unlike other threats currently facing the country, cyber-attacks can have an instant and far-reaching impact on national and economic security interests. Attacks happen around the world and across industries with an alarming increase.

  • Approximately 1/4 companies encountered a data breach in 2017. (IMB)
  • Ransomware has grown at a rate of 350% a year. (Cisco)
  • 1,293 data breaches exposed more than 174 million confidential records in 2017. (Identity Theft Resource Center)
  • Cybercrime is predicted to cost more than $6 trillion annually in 2021, a two-time growth as compared to $3 trillion in 2015. (Cybersecurity Ventures)

The launch of the Center is the culmination of collaborative work between public safety and cybersecurity faculty and is the beginning of many opportunities to collaborate in an interdisciplinary manner. 

The cutting-edge Center includes innovative degree programs in both public safety and cybersecurity, industry partnership work, and seminar-style, non-credit offerings. Through its efforts, the Center will look at the future of cybersecurity and public safety education, as well help solve the talent shortage in public safety and cybersecurity.

To help organizations of all sizes address the growing number of cybercrimes, the Center will provide customized training, and workshops and speakers series such as the Data Bites monthly lunchtime learning series launching this month, and the April 5 Cybersecurity Essentials one-day workshop.

For more on the Franklin University Center for Public Safety and Cybersecurity Education, visit:


About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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