SAN DIEGO, Calif. (JUNE 4, 2019) — In the world of cyber security, the headlines are often about the latest high-profile hacks, or the critical shortage of cyber security professionals needed to help protect organizations from such attacks. Fortunately, help is on the way.
On May 19 at the University of San Diego, a select group of highly skilled cyber security professionals from across the nation celebrated earning their master’s degrees in Cyber Security and Operations Leadership.
Offered 100% online to create maximum flexibility for working professionals, the highly regarded USD program continually collaborates with key industry stakeholders and utilizes its geographical location to generate unparalleled networking opportunities. With its strong military presence, business incubators and some 150 firms focused on cyber security, the San Diego region has emerged as a global leader in cyber security technology and services.
The spring’s graduating class included master’s degree recipients from Washington, Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and California.
Professor Michelle Moore, the program’s academic director, encouraged the graduates by citing the important work that lies ahead as organizations across all industries “continue to pour millions of dollars into cyber technologies in order to protect infrastructure.”
“We are at a critical moment in the world right now as the next war fought will be in the cyber battlefield,” she said. “As cyber leaders, it will be your job to protect the cyber terrain.”
Due to the global cyber crime epidemic — forecast to cost $6 trillion in annual losses and damages worldwide by 2021 — employers are paying top dollar for cyber security professionals who possess the needed skills, experience and education. The field currently boasts “zero unemployment,” as demand exceeds the supply of skilled professionals needed to safeguard digital assets, information systems, intellectual property and more.
Recruitment for the Fall 2019 academic year is under way. To apply or to learn more about the University of San Diego’s online and on-campus cyber security master’s degree programs, please visit cybersecurity.sandiego.edu.