Cybersecurity Degree Program Expanding to Jacksonville

Aug. 2, 2016

Cybersecurity Degree Program Expanding to Jacksonville this Fall
Webster's Cybersecurity Program is expanding to Jacksonville this fall.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – Classes for Webster University’s popular Cybersecurity Program start this fall in Jacksonville, it was announced today. The program is one of the fastest growing graduate programs at Webster University and with good reason: the cybersecurity field is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States.

The Cybersecurity Program is offered through the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. It was launched in Colorado Springs in 2014 and since has expanded to Webster’s locations in St. Louis, Kansas, the Washington D.C. region, Orlando and Webster’s campuses in Vienna, Austria and Leiden, the Netherlands.

“Cybersecurity threats aren’t just about countries trying to steal secrets from each other. It affects anyone who does anything online, from sending e-mail to buying an item in a store using your debit card,” said Tom Johnson, the interim dean of the Walker School, associate vice president and chief of Strategic Initiatives and the primary architect of the University’s Cybersecurity Program. “With the dramatic rise in global cybercrime, we have seen Cybersecurity become one of the fastest-growing fields in the world today. Companies at all levels, from large corporations to small mom and pop shops, are quickly learning they have a need for employees who know how to protect servers and customer data.”

The master’s program prepares students and professionals for demanding positions in public and private sectors overseeing, operating or protecting critical computer systems, information, networks, infrastructures and communications networks from cyber crime, cyber fraud and cyber espionage. The classes are taught by faculty members with extensive experience working in the computer field for both the private sector and for the military. An in-depth knowledge of computer infrastructure is not required in order to be accepted to the program.

Webster University also offers a certificate program to give students a broad overview of cybersecurity issues and tactics. Students will be introduced to cybersecurity networks, policies and laws on digital security and the basics of threat detection.

According to a report by the labor-market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies postings for cybersecurity jobs have grown 74 percent since 2007. In 2013 alone, the report said, there were more than 200,000 postings nationally for cybersecurity jobs, with an average salary of $93,028. That’s more than $15,000 higher than other IT positions as a whole. And because the number of qualified candidates for these cybersecurity jobs far lags the number of open positions, these postings tend to remain open much longer than other IT jobs, according to the Burning Glass Technologies report.

Last year, the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reached a similar conclusion, forecasting that the number of Cybersecurity jobs would grow by 18 percent annually for the next decade.

Webster’s new master’s degree program in cybersecurity was established in 2014 to help fill a staggering demand for cybersecurity training in the Colorado Springs area. The U.S. Air Force Space Command approached Webster to create the program because it has 1,400 employees who need training in cybersecurity.

To request more information about the program, or learn more about how to apply, visit www.webster.edu/jacksonville.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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