Cyber Security Threats Lead to Cyber Skills Crisis

Cyber security threats continue to lead news headlines on a regular basis. As more measures of protection that are implemented, more ways to circumvent those security measures are being invented.

Just recently, reports of hackers breaching and exposing the secure medical records of U.S. Olympic athletes have been all over the news. With  cyber terrorism on the rise, there is a growing demand for highly trained cyber security experts who can address and prevent cyber security threats.

Shortage of Cyber Professionals

According to the infographic below, there are too many cyber security threats and too few professionals with cyber security degrees to combat these threats. The research shows that 2.5 billion records were exposed in the past 5 years. One in five organizations experienced a cyber attack.

According to a Cisco Annual Security report, there are more than 1 million unfilled security jobs worldwide. And 83% of enterprises lacking the right skills to protect their assets.

Cyber Security Degree

At George Mason, we prepare business executives for the changes in cyber security and the cyber threats that exist today. George Mason’s MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is a cyber security degree that puts you at the forefront of addressing cyber security challenges.

This cyber security masters program provides you 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.

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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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