University of Central Florida launches master’s degree in cybersecurity and privacy as nation faces urgent labor shortage
ORLANDO, May 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The recent ransomware attack that crippled the Colonial Pipeline has drawn attention to the impact and cost of cyber breaches, and it illustrates the nation’s critical need for cybersecurity and security professionals. defense.
Starting this fall, a new Masters Degree in Cyber Security and Privacy designed to train professionals capable of protecting and defending computer systems, networks and organizations against costly cyber attacks will be launched at University of Central Florida.
“We live in a dangerous world and cyber attacks are on the increase,” says Yan Solihin, professor of computer science at UCF. “Hackers are examining all the infrastructure we have and will continue to scan for vulnerabilities that are often found in organizations that do not have enough trained professionals to provide surveillance, protection and defense.”
Cyber attacks and data breaches cost the U.S. economy more 110 billion dollars every year, while thousands of cyber defense jobs remain vacant. In Florida alone, over 21,000 cybersecurity jobs are currently available. Nationally, cyber jobs – such as information security analysts – are expected to grow 31% in 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the average salary is $ 103,190.
Solihin said that with this new degree, UCF will help produce talent with the skills to take on these critical jobs.
The UCF degree will be offered in a technical track that covers hardware, software, program security, network security, etc. and an interdisciplinary track that offers a broader vision that includes the human aspects of cyber attacks such as psychology, regulation and politics, management and more.
Outside of the classroom, students will have the opportunity to engage in research in UCF’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Cluster and participate in cybersecurity competitions. UCF won its fourth national college cyber defense competition last month.
This new degree builds on UCF’s established national reputation in cybersecurity research and education. UCF is designated a center of academic excellence in cyber defense research and education by the National Security Agency, and was recently awarded $ 2.9 million in scholarship funding from the National Science Foundation to help train the next generation of cyber defenders. Industrial partners also recognized UCF’s strength in cybersecurity education. Lockheed Martin in 2019 donated $ 1.5 million at UCF to help build and equip a lab for students to collaborate on and study cyber defense, crime, and security topics.
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