TCP is a highly-integrated and comprehensive graduate program combining technology, policy, and business with hands-on experience, which capitalizes on our cutting-edge security, network, and wireless labs. Expand your career by mastering the latest internet technologies, essential business skills, and policy knowledge to achieve success in today’s rapidly-changing, high-tech world.

 Interdisciplinary Telecom Program (ITP) is Headed “Back to the Future”

On March 4, 2019, the ITP program officially changed its name to the Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy Program. At that time, we announced an updating of the curriculum and a realignment of the Program’s research plans to better focus them on topics at the intersection of today’s technology and policy. To a large extent, this renewal and revitalization of the program is a return to founding principles that made ITP an international award-winning leader in the Telecom space. ITP was founded almost 50 years ago as one of very few interdisciplinary programs that combined state-of-the-art telecommunications technology with leading analysis of communication policy. This program was built with the vision and hard work of forward-looking leaders and support of the leaders of the University of Colorado Boulder Campus. A consequence of these investments is that today, ITP Alums are known for their technical expertise as well as the key and critical roles they play in Internet operations at companies too numerous to list here. ITP graduates are equally well known for their understanding of policy and economic issues that are driving technological revolutions. Today, ITP is in the process of rebranding, updating its curriculum, and revising its research plans.  A key part of this revitalization will be focusing on the synergistic intersection of technology, cybersecurity and policy.

 Committing to Cybersecurity

Technology, Cybersecurity, and Policy are driving factors behind today’s revolution in communication. Data are moving at internet speeds and are transforming how we think about communications!  Data are everywhere, moving into the cloud, swirling around physical systems including from the power grid to our vehicles. This has led to the emergence of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and to smart and connected communities revolutionizing our daily lives. The TCP Program seeks to be a leader in these emerging areas. And being ever mindful of ITP’s past success, the Program seeks to help shape the emerging future. One such example is our Neutral Vehicle research project.

Network Communication Technology

Network Communication Technology will remain as a huge attractor in our curriculum. Our five decades of existence continues to mean that future students will have a strong command of both wireless networking and traditional network engineering.  It is essential to note that “traditional” network engineering is neither static nor outdated.  Modern network engineering includes data-center networks, service-provider networks, as well as software-defined networks, and potentially information-centric networks. Further, the world is moving toward 5G and the program will continue to offer hands-on applied technology education in state-of-the art labs that are the envy of our peers.

 More on Cybersecurity

Several estimates project a 1.8 million workforce shortage in cybersecurity by 2022.  In a recent twelve-month period, 9,457 cybersecurity jobs were posted in Colorado, while many are unposted due to the current shortage. A recent report stated that cybersecurity professionals’ salaries range from a low of $60K to more than $130K. Colorado is a leader in cybersecurity with a wide variety of established companies and innovative startups.  In addition, Colorado is a center of government and military cybersecurity activity.  We believe cybersecurity challenges of today mirror and shatter those of telecommunications of the previous decades, in that true success in cybersecurity requires an understanding of the technology, policy, and economic drivers of the emerging future.

 Policy and Entrepreneurship

Policy and entrepreneurship will remain as two other core areas in our curriculum. Through collaboration with Silicon Flatirons and the CU Law School, our future students will continue to be a key part of the major policy decisions that impact communication technology and society in general.  Our plan is to also reach out to critical academic stake holders: Political Science, Linguistics, Social Sciences, Geography, etc. to enhance and help transform the intellectual base and workforce that will contribute to future advancements and foundational issues that are a manifestation of the exponential impact and growth in Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy.