Kennesaw State University announced it has been approved to offer an online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity starting in fall 2017. The new undergraduate degree adds to Kennesaw State’s portfolio of technology and security programs, which include a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Security and Assurance.
The cybersecurity major includes elements of information technology, information security and assurance, and criminal justice, giving students a combination of technical knowledge and information security management skills. The B.S. in Cybersecurity is the first major initiative of KSU’s Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development.
Some see the shortage of qualified cybersecurity talent as a national education crisis. In a 2015 Peninsula Press analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. were unfilled, and postings were up 74 percent over the past five years. The demand for positions like information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018.
Kennesaw State University has been a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education since 2004, as designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The University’s online information technology and information security programs each are among the 10 best in the country, according to the 2017 rankings of America’s Best Online Colleges by BestColleges.com.
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