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UH West Oʻahu cybersecurity program cracks top 3 percent of colleges

The performance of UH West Oʻahu students in SANS Institute’s Cyber FastTrack challenges ranked the school in the top tier of colleges with students participating in the program. UH West Oʻahu also was the best program in Hawaiʻi in the ranking by SANS Institute, a research and education organization focused on information security training and certification.

Five other UH campuses were also highly ranked. They included UH Mānoa (48), Leeward Community College (132) and UH Hilo (167). Kapiʻolani CC and UH Maui College were tied at 268.

“Something is going very right for cybersecurity in Hawaiʻi,” said Alan Paller, SANS Institute director of research, commenting on the 118 students from the state that participated in the CyberStart Assess phase of the Cyber FastTrack program. The online program is free for students, who compete for a chance to win scholarships for advanced cybersecurity training.

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The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu’s cybersecurity program is ranked 30 among 1,290 colleges, according to the testing of students’ cyber aptitude by a leading organization focused on internet security.

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