Cyber Security Careers Booming

Today, hackers can destroy a company’s virtual infrastructure in minutes, driving the need for experts to protect against it. Cyber security risks, rapid technology changes, increasing compliance requirements, and greater reliance on technology have boosted the growth of cyber security careers.

Demand for cyber security professionals has been 3.5 times greater than that for other IT positions, and 12 times greater than other jobs. The average salary is $120,000 for those in cyber security management positions. There is expected to have a 65,000 increase in cyber security jobs by 2020. CNN Money’s website listed cyber security in the top 10 ten “Best Jobs” in the US.

So how can you capitalize on this market growth and get in the cyber security career you are looking for?

Education

As demand for cyber security professionals has grown so has demand for cyber security degrees both bachelor’s and master’s. George Mason’s Masters in Management of Secure Information Systems provides cyber security professionals a multi-disciplinary cyber security program that focuses on the leadership and management skills needed to pursue a cyber security career as well as addresses the technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks. The masters in management of secure information systems provides the path to enhance your cyber security career and be on the forefront of addressing cyber security challenges.

Professional Network

According to a variety of estimates from CBS, NPR, MSNBC, and CNN, about 80% of jobs get filled before ever being formally listed as available. This means the age old saying “It’s not what you know, but who you know” still holds true. Job placement is a large part focused on networking—and a business school must help students build their network and search for jobs.

At George Mason, the masters in management of secure information systems offers students a wealth of career resources to pursue their cyber security career. George Mason University’s career services department has deep connections with a wide network of global companies, regional startups, and government agencies.  Our network of more than 25,000 business alumni span the globe and include Fortune 500 CFOs, nonprofit executives, U.S. government leadership, and entrepreneurs.

The program has also partnered with cyber security industry organizations including Information Systems Security Association Northern Virginia Chapter (ISSA-NOVA), ISACA (formerly known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association), and ISC2. These partnerships enable faculty and students to be at the forefront of regional and global cyber security technologies and challenges and create opportunities for research, networking, and cyber security career development.

Education can be the door to advancement in a cyber security career. By leveraging what you learn in the classroom, the relationships you create with faculty and classmates, and the professional resources the program gives you access to, you can achieve the career success you are looking for.

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About Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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