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Cybersecurity Minor

Cybersecurity@UCM - Secure Your Future

With a minor in Cybersecurity, you will increase your potential for employment or acceptance to graduate programs. Recent cyber attacks have highlighted the need for increased cybersecurity education and training of existing workforce and preparing a new generation of cybersecurity workers. A minor in Cybersecurity offers the opportunity to enhance your major by studying those aspects of Cybersecurity that may enrich your major or just to explore a fascinating discipline.

Experienced Faculty

We have highly qualified and dedicated faculty members who have extensive experiences in research and/or industry. Six of them received specialized information security training through the SANS Institute. In addition, several faculty hold highly regarded cybersecurity certificates such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE), Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN), Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP), Certified Secure Java Developer (GSSP-Java) and Certified Security Professional (GSEC).

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About Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity? 

Cybersecurity, also referred to as information security, focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction. 

Why is Cybersecurity important? 

Recent cyber attacks on large retailers like Target, large banks like J.P. Morgan Chase and Anthem-one of the largest health insurance providers again highlighted the need for increased cybersecurity education and training of existing workforce and preparing a new generation of cybersecurity workers ready for securing our cyberspace from intruders and attackers. The Federal government has recognized the importance of cybersecurity at all levels and a Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) was established by President George W. Bush in 2008 and continued by President Obama. CNCI Initiative#8 puts emphasis on expanding Cyber Education “to develop a technologically-skilled and cyber-savvy workforce with the right knowledge and skills”. 

During a Senate hearing in March 2013, the nation's top intelligence officials warned that cyber attacks and digital spying are the top threat to national security, eclipsing terrorism. As a matter of fact, Missouri ranks 5th in the U.S. in the number of cybersecurity breaches according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

Get involved!

Explore Cybersecurity outside the classroom by joining a Cybersecurity student organization. These include:

  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an honor society for Computing and Information disciplines
  • The student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery
  • A hacking club 

By participating in these organizations, you will learn from guest speakers, attend regional and national conferences, and participate in state and/or national Cybersecurity competitions.

Careers in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity jobs are no longer only in highly specialized niche organizations. Instead, these jobs now span all sectors from defense, homeland security, and financial institutions to healthcare, law enforcement, and education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for cybersecurity jobs (a typical position is information security analyst) is very positive. Cybersecurity is the second fastest growing occupation in the United States with a projected growth rate of 37% over the next decade. In Missouri, cybersecurity is the third fastest growing occupation with a projected growth rate of 28% over the next decade. 

USNews has ranked cybersecurity fifth in the list of top college majors that lead to jobs. In an article in Washington Post, Tom Kellerman, a former member of the President’s cybersecurity commission was quoted “The government needs to hire at least 10,000 experts in the near future and the private sector needs four times that number”. A survey reported by CIO revealed that Cybersecurity salaries are three times the national average.

Contact

Hyungbae Park, Ph.D., GCFE, GICSP
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
WCM 223
Tel: (660) 543-8921
Fax: (660) 543-8013

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