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2017 list of universities that offer a Master of Science (M.S.) in cybersecurity
A Master’s in cyber is attainable from a growing number of universities in the U.S.
Robert Herjavec, founder of Herjavec Group, a leading information security firm and a Shark Investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, says “As an industry, cybersecurity presents incredible opportunity for the youth of today.”
“There are literally over 1 million job openings in our space” says Herjavec. “That’s incredible. Hard to believe really. But security isn’t slowing down and we need more talent with keen curiosity, strong technical skill, and the ability to analyze and enrich data. I highly recommend high school students consider a post secondary degree in computer science and that we continue to expand Master’s programs in cybersecurity to help grow our talent base for years to come.”
To see a 2017 list of 80 schools offering M.S. in Cybersecurity programs, go to MastersInCyber.com, a community resource compiled by the research team at Cybersecurity Ventures (Disclaimer: Steve Morgan is founder and CEO of Cybersecurity Ventures.) The directory will be updated quarterly with more universities domestically and internationally.
Cyber stats from cyber schools
Some universities share stats on cybercrime damages, cybersecurity spending, and cyber employment figures, to help frame the market and career opportunities for prospective M.S. students.
If these numbers aren’t compelling enough, then prospective M.S.ers might read up on the zero-percent cybersecurity unemployment rate.
Technical vs. management tracks
Siobhan Gorman is a director in the Washington office of the communications advisory firm, the Brunswick Group, working in the cybersecurity and privacy practice. “It’s important to note that there are now different types of Master’s degrees in the cybersecurity field,” says Gorman, previously a national security correspondent at The Wall Street Journal where she covered intelligence, terrorism, cybersecurity, and national security in the Washington bureau.
“For engineers, a M.S. helps them to specialize on the technical side, which can be critical to developing expertise in tackling the latest cybersecurity problems. There are also executive Master’s programs in cybersecurity, which prepare students for cybersecurity management positions in business and government–or higher levels of technical management.” Gorman’s advice should be heeded, and prospective students should separate out programs based on their career ambitions.
“Given the embarrassingly small proportion of women engineers, these executive Master’s programs can be a critical bridge for women into a cybersecurity management career that requires less technical experience.” Gorman’s remarks align with numerous industry reports that state women hold roughly 10 percent of the jobs in cybersecurity.
“As governments and businesses begin to see cybersecurity as a business risk, there will be a growing demand both for technical expertise and cyber-savvy managers. I see this first-hand both as the companies I advise and at Brown University, where I am on the Advisory Committee for their Executive Masters in Cybersecurity.”
A M.S. in cyber isn’t the only way forward notes Gorman. “The value of an additional degree focused on cybersecurity depends largely on someone’s prior experience. Sometimes learning on the job provides sufficient, or even better, experience. But for many students, a Master’s degree gives them the additional boost they need to truly specialize, which makes them much more marketable when looking for the next job, particularly in an area like cybersecurity that is constantly evolving.”
Variety of M.S. programs
There’s no ranking here of one school over another. Each M.S.has a unique focus. As Gorman pointed out, there’s a lot of variety in the programs.
Help wanted: Cyber defenders
“The requirement for trained cyber defenders, continues to grow exponentially,” says Eric Hipkins, chairman and CEO at cybersecurity firm root9B.
“The rapid enhancement and complexity of technologies has driven the necessity for both foundation and post graduate technical education. The continuous development of communication structures and protocols quickly place cyber defenders at a disadvantage and is responsible for the critical shortage.”
“Cyber defense is an intense, fluid warfare space that requires substantial prerequisite knowledge, drive to innovate, attention to detail, and mastery of disparate skillsets and technologies. It is my belief that programs of study concentrated in network security help develop the critical thinking, technical and soft skills needed for a successful career in cybersecurity,” he said.
Hipkins has earned more than 12 nationally recognized certifications, including professionalization by the National Security Agency as an intelligence analyst and adjunct faculty. Hipkins holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Resources and Information Management and is a graduate of the prestigious Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program and Defense Language Institute.
See the full list of Master’s in Cyber programs here.
The list indicates which programs offering a M.S. in cyber also have a B.S in cyber. This is helpful to high school students and parents looking into a full stay at one university.
Coming from CSO later this year, a list of B.S. in cyber programs.
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