Cyber Security Breaches Increase Demand for Cyber Security Degrees

As cyber security breaches continue to increase, so does the demand for cyber security degrees.

According to the infographic below, 1,993,210 records are lost or stolen every day, 83,050 every hour, 1,384 every minute and 23 every second. 66% of breaches have occurred in North America. The hardest hit industry is the banking industry, with 77,605,972 data records stolen. JPMorgan Chase saw 76 million records compromised and Home Depot saw 56 million records compromised.

The average time to resolve a cyber attack is 18 days, with an average cost of approximately $416,000. A study by Burning Glass International, Inc., a firm specializing in using technology to match people and jobs, found that 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 need for highly skilled professionals with cyber security degrees will continue to rise.

George Mason’s MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is a masters in cyber security degree providing a path to enhance cyber security professionals management and leadership skills and put them at the forefront of addressing cyber security challenges within an organization. Mason’s cyber security masters program provides students with the leadership and management expertise needed while addressing the specific technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks.  This cross-disciplinary program draws on the expertise of faculty members within the School of Business, School of Public Policy, and School of Engineering.

Download the complete e-book titled “The Cyber Security Leadership Gap: Higher Ed Meets the Challenge” for a more in depth look at this topic.

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J.P. Auffret

I am director of the executive degree programs in the George Mason School of Business including the MS in Technology Management, MS in Management of Secure Information Systems, and Executive MBA. Additionally, I am a co-founder of the International Academy of CIO and serves as an advisory board member of the Waseda eGovernance Research Center.

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