Cybersecurity Program Launches in Kansas City

Classes for Webster University’s Master’s in Cybersecurity Program will begin this fall at its Kansas City location, it was announced this week.

ST. LOUIS (JUNE 2, 2015) – Classes for Webster University’s Master’s in Cybersecurity Program will begin this fall at its Kansas City location, it was announced this week.

The Cybersecurity Program is offered through the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology. It was launched in Colorado Springs last year and was expanded to the St. Louis region in the fall.

“Cybersecurity threats are constant and they are advanced in their capabilities to breach a network. Professionals must be prepared with new approaches of defense and analysis tools,” said Cass Butler, regional director of Webster University’s Kansas City location.  “Cybersecurity is one of the fastest grown fields in the United States today, and we believe the demand for it will continue to grow as our society continues to become more interconnected online.”

The program prepares students to be well-versed to apply their knowledge and critical thinking related to domestic and international legal systems, private and public policies, and ethics. The program emphasizes skills in digital information protection, cyber terrorism, cyber fraud and theft, cyber intelligence and counterintelligence, digital forensics and pre-emptive and strategic force operation application situations.

According to a recent report by the labor-market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies postings for cybersecurity jobs have grown 74 percent since 2007. In 2013 alone, the report said, there were more than 200,000 postings nationally for cybersecurity jobs, with an average salary of $93,028. That’s more than $15,000 higher than other IT positions as a whole. And because the number of qualified candidates for these cybersecurity jobs far lags the number of open positions, these postings tend to remain open much longer than other IT jobs, according to the Burning Glass Technologies report.

Webster’s new master’s degree program in cybersecurity was established in 2014 to help fill a staggering demand for cybersecurity training in the Colorado Springs area. The U.S. Air Force Space Command approached Webster to create the program because it has 1,400 employees who need training in cybersecurity.

To request more information about the program, or learn more about how to apply, visit http://www.webster.edu/masters/cybersecurity.html.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

 

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