High demand for cybersecurity hires leads to new degree programme

Such is the demand from firms for hires with cybersecurity knowledge that a US university has confirmed it plans to offer an expansion of its cybersecurity degree programme.

The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg already offers a bachelor's degree in cybersecurity, but following a further increase in demand for those with knowledge and experience in the field, it now plans to add a master's degree and minor program.

If the plans are approved by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the courses will begin this autumn.

University spokesman, Jeff Murphy said: "[There is an] increase nationwide among business and government agencies that want to hire people who have experience in cybersecurity. What we're doing is responding to both a statewide and national need."

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, an information security/cybersecurity analyst looks set to become the second-fastest growing occupation in the US over the coming ten years. Meanwhile, the Missouri Department of Economic Development confirmed that security analyst was the third-fastest-growing occupation in the state of Missouri. The body also said this will likely see a growth rate of 28 per cent over the next decade, highlighting the importance of cybersecurity in the corporate world.

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