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Washington, DC: A Hot Bed of Cyber Security Jobs

The demand for cyber security experts continues to rise with government agencies now placing great emphasis on the need to fill cyber security jobs that remain open. President Obama said that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.” To show the importance of cyber security, the government instituted the National Initiative for Cyber Security Education in 2010.

In 2012 the Department of Homeland Security processed about 190,000 “cyber incidents” against critical infrastructure – up 68% from the year before.

With many government agencies and government contractors in addition to the private industry, Washington, D.C., has become a hot bed of cyber security demand (i.e., cyber security jobs), making it an ideal location to pursue a cyber security degree.

Students in George Mason’s MS in Management of Secure Information Systems program have the regional benefit of being located in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The program has strong ties with the local cyber security community including government agencies, government contracting firms, and non-profit organizations. Mason brings many professionals into the classroom to serve as faculty members and mentors. Mason also has a strong relationship with ISSA-NOVA (Information Systems Security Association) – the Northern Virginia Chapter and (ISC)2 –the National Capital Region Chapter.

“The professors at Mason had real-life experience and were still actively involved in the industry. When giving a lecture, it was more of a conversation than a story being told about the past.” – Ashley Pyles ’13, Cybersecurity Evangelist, ServiceNow Inc.

The National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have designated George Mason University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE) and a National Center of Academic Excellence Information Assurance Research (CAE-R). George Mason is the only university in Virginia and one of only two universities in the Washington, D.C., region that has both designations.

George Mason’s MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is a cyber security masters 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 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 Volgenau 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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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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