Masters in Cyber Security Meet Growing Demand

We are far past the days of trying to convince the business world the importance of cyber security. Businesses are well aware of the importance of protecting their data, and now are actively seeking qualified applicants that will help them to achieve this challenging task. A masters in cyber security can prepare cyber professionals for the challenges of integrating cyber security within a company’s organizational strategy.

Approximately one billion records have been compromised over the eight years, costing an average of $416k per attack. According to the US Department of Labor, by 2017, the global cyber security market is expected to reach $80.2 billion, and cyber security jobs are expected to increase by 56% by 2020. According to Tom Kellermann, vice president at Trend Micro and former member of President Obama’s cyber security commission, the government needs to hire at least 10,000 experts in the near future, and the private sector will need four times that number.

This is the time to get a masters in cyber security needed to capitalize on this growing opportunity.

“This degree will enable me to be well positioned to become a decision maker in this field with the breadth and depth of knowledge to create and implement meaningful solutions to tomorrow’s problems.” – Nick Kaywork ’13, Program Manager, Federal Government

George Mason’s MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is a masters in cyber security degree providing a path to enhance professionals in the cyber security field and put them at the forefront of addressing cyber security challenges. This cyber security 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 Volgenau School of Engineering.

“George Mason’s program is one of those ‘no-brainer’ decisions based on the program’s cross-disciplinary approach focusing on management, engineering, and policy.” – John Merrill ’13, Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security

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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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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