A recent study by Burning Glass Technologies found that in the past five years, the demand for cybersecurity experts has grown 3.5 percent faster than other IT jobs and 12 times faster than all other jobs. And with the threat of cyberwarfare constantly looming, there's a pressing need to train new digital crime fighters who can shield government, business and personal networks from crippling online attacks.
"Industry, academia, and government need to do more to create a clear and comprehensive career path in cyber security starting as early as middle school," says Diane Miller, the director of information security and cyber initiatives for Northrop Grumman Corporation. "Current staffing shortages are estimated between 20,000 and 40,000 and unfortunately that trend is continuing."
Luckily, governmental agencies and academic institutions are beginning to take notice. In February, the Department of Homeland Security introduced the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, an evolving compendium of knowledge for those interested in the field. Universities are also responding. Many are now featuring dedicated cybersecurity programs, either as standalone majors or concentrations within their business, computer science, or IT programs. Others are diving even deeper with programs in areas like digital forensics -- and, not surprisingly, more than a few are available completely online.
To learn more about where an online degree in cybersecurity could take you, check out the infographic below.
"California and Metro Washington D.C. - Top Destinations for Cyber Security Talent," marketwatch.com, Aug. 5, 2013
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