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ERAU adds graduate cybersecurity program

Embry-Riddle is expanding its cybersecurity program to include a master’s degree. (Stock)

Embry-Riddle is expanding its cybersecurity program to include a master’s degree. (Stock)

Responding to an increased demand for cybersecurity professionals in Arizona and across the country, the College of Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus has announced plans to offer a Master of Science in cyber intelligence and security.

“The number of cyber professionals needed in Arizona alone is 6,875, according to the website cyberseek.org,” said Dr. Jon C. Haass, chair of Embry-Riddle’s Cyber Intelligence and Security Department. “All of the programs in the U.S. don’t produce enough to fill the need, and we’re unlikely to catch up in the next ten years.”

A master’s level education is often required for senior-level positions at many large companies or government organizations. Cybersecurity professionals need to have an understanding of the technology as well as the ability to document, present and communicate. Graduates of Embry-Riddle’s master-level program in cyber intelligence and security will be competitive in applying for the more than 25,000 senior positions currently open, he said. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says demand for cybersecurity professionals will continue to outstrip supply, and those who are well credentialed and capable in this field will have their pick of company and location, as well as a 40 percent increase in salary versus those without a master degree in the discipline.

“Our program is perfect for people who might want to return to college to further their education after spending a few years on the job and now want to advance into more of a leadership role,” Haass said.

Incoming students will be expected to take three courses per semester for three semesters and become involved in one of the many research projects underway within the department. Faculty on campus have expertise in a variety of areas, providing a wide range of opportunities, including medical devices, internet protocol based cameras, fifth generation (5G) mobile devices, and transportation systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles or autonomous cars. Faculty are also exploring questions regarding large networks, cryptography and block chain technologies used in Bitcoin and other applications.

“Threat information sharing and data mining to discover patterns in intrusions are among the challenging problems facing the industry and researchers,” Haass said.

Embry-Riddle’s College of Security and Intelligence on the school’s Prescott campus is the first of its kind in the nation and has established relationships with leading companies throughout Arizona and California that bring a variety of projects, internships and job opportunities to students. In addition, the college has a relationship with the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range, www.azcwr.org, and will be installing its own warfare range this summer.

For more information on Embry-Riddle’s Master of Science in cyberintelligence and cybersecurity, go to http://prescott.erau.edu/degrees/master/cyber-intelligence/index.

To view an interactive map of cybersecurity job openings, go to http://cyberseek.org/heatmap.html.

Information provided by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University