Cyber Security Degree Fills Leadership Gap

Supply and demand is one of the most important concepts in business. Without demand, it is very difficult for businesses to thrive. The cyber security jobs market is thriving. Demand is outpacing supply, and today the demand for cyber security leaders is high.

Below is a chart showing the Hot IT Career Choices and their median annual wages, with a chief information security officer and chief risk officer coming in at the top of the salary scale. A cyber security degree is the fastest way to capitalize on the current demand for cyber security leaders.

Hot IT Careers

Wondering what other leadership positions are available for those with a cyber security degree? Take a look at the list below of possible leadership careers in cyber security.

Careers in Cyber Security Leadership

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Chief Privacy Officer
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • Enterprise Security Officer
  • IT Director
  • Principal Security Architect
  • Risk Executive
  • Security Domain Specialist
  • Senior Agency Information Security Officer

A cyber security degree is your greatest asset to building on your cyber security expertise and add skills in management and leadership.

“In today’s global economy, you cannot be narrowly focused, but instead must have the vision and ability to fully understand the complicated inter-dependencies between managers, engineers, and policy makers.” – John Merrill ’13, Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security

George Mason’s MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is a 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 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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