The University of Missouri–St. Louis has talked about one of the most important issues in the sector of cybersecurity, ‘A skilled workforce’. The university has launched a new undergraduate program as well as a master’s program in cybersecurity.
Across the entire globe, the cybersecurity talent shortage has been nearly 3 million. The shortage is particularly very high in Missouri, as the talent of the state has been very low but the job postings across Missouri have been more than 5,000 from September 2017 to August last year. The Cybersecurity Institute Director of UMSL, Shaji Khan said, “There is an urgent need for high-quality and high-impact cybersecurity programs. Our multidisciplinary degrees are student centric, dedicated to talent development and delivered through applied and industry-relevant learning experiences. UMSL graduates will have the education and training necessary to tackle some of the most significant challenges impacting our country.”
The cybersecurity program is a collaborative effort between the College of Business Administration and College of Arts and Science. The Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Kristin Sobolik said, “The University of Missouri–St. Louis is excited to launch these necessary degrees. Our established cybersecurity minors and certificates have a proven record of success as demonstrated by their outstanding graduates and competitive designations from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. These new degree programs will build upon that momentum and help transform the cybersecurity workforce in St. Louis and beyond.”
College of Business Administration Dean, Charlie Hoffman said, “The Department of Information Systems and Technology has quickly become one of our greatest strengths in an established, globally recognized business school. The two new interdisciplinary degrees in cybersecurity will strengthen UMSL and create a more cybersecure region, as 75 percent of our alumni stay and work right here in St. Louis.”
At the time of application for the admission the students need to choose an area of emphasis in either computer science or information technology. The computer science emphasis will provide an enhanced technical depth while the information technology emphasis will provide a preparation for business aspects of cybersecurity. College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Andrew Kersten said, “With the elevated levels of technological dependence, cybersecurity has become an urgent concern for individuals, organizations and governments across the world. UMSL will soon become a leader in addressing those challenges through research, community outreach and talent development.”