The world continues to get more technologically driven. As a society we communicate online, shop online and even order food through apps instead of calling the restaurant. Instead of picking up a dictionary, we just Google it. With the increase of technology use, it is reasonable to understand that the need for cybersecurity has risen, which in turn puts cybersecurity degrees in high demand. But with this high demand and an almost guarantee of job placement after graduation why do we see a gap in cybersecurity job fulfillment? By 2019, it is forecasted that there will be six million job openings for information security professionals. That sounds great, right? But, only four and a half million security professionals are qualified to fill those roles.
Whether you are going back to school or know someone starting their college search, a cybersecurity degree is a great option for job placement. There are a number of programs available for you right here in Minnesota:
Associate of Science in Cybersecurity, Anoka Ramsey Community College
Starting in the fall of 2018, Anoka Ramsey Community College will be offering a two-year program for cybersecurity.This degree will teach students the fundamental skills and knowledge it takes to safeguard an organization’s information and defend their systems. The intent after obtaining this two-year degree is to have students transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Cybersecurity Management, St. Thomas
St. Thomas offers a BBA in cybersecurity management. Students will graduate with the knowledge of what goes into protecting information and technological assets of the organizations they work for. This degree prepares students to work for multiple organizations including those in private, public, non-profit or government sectors.
Computer Science and Cybersecurity, Metropolitan State University
Metro State offers an array of computer science undergraduate degrees and certificates, cybersecurity minors and certificates. Metro State prides themselves on their Cybersecurity Teaching and Research Lab which offers hands-on training and research not only to students but computer-based companies located in Minnesota.
Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Saint Mary’s University
For those interested in continuing their education, Saint Mary’s University offers a master of science in cybersecurity. Bonus to this degree, the program is online, making it easy for current professionals to continue working full time while earning their master’s degree. This program includes twelve courses over the span of two years. Common job placement roles after graduation are information security analyst, security engineer, chief information security officer and security architect.
Part of our mission is to help the continuing education of security professionals. In 2018, we launched the UMSA Foundation to better assist those looking to start or continue their education. If you plan to obtain a degree in a cybersecurity or risk-related field, we have scholarshipopportunities available to you. Check out our UMSA foundation page to learn more and check back for updates on scholarship application deadlines.