California Lutheran University has launched a graduate degree program in cybersecurity as part of its Master of Science in Information Technology curriculum.
The track covers both technical knowledge and managerial skills, and includes courses on ethical hacking, digital forensics and risk management.
The degree is an effort by the Thousand Oaks school to help fill growing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals, of which there is currently a shortage.
According to a 2018 report from research firm Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide by 2021. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of cybersecurity jobs will grow 32 percent by 2028.
“In a world with increased cybersecurity incidents and significant data and financial losses, it is critical for businesses to find individuals with in-depth knowledge and education in the field,” said industry advisory group member Carol Spector Riegert, the vice president of technical services for Oxford Global Resources, in a Cal Lutheran press release. “Having a cybersecurity track at Cal Lutheran will increase the talent pool needed to help businesses and consumers protect against these risks.”