July 16, 2013
Central Washington University in Ellensburg announced yesterday the addition of a cybersecurity minor to their Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management.
The 24-credit program teaches students how to identify information-system vulnerabilities, track cybercriminals and create adequate defense solutions. It is the first program of its kind offered entirely online in Washington state. It’s available on CWU’s main campus as well.
Classes within the minor include cyberterrorism, digital forensics, cyber attack and defense, cybercrime and risk management. The program trains students to enter the workforce with a strategic or tactical focus. Strategic professions such as information-system managers develop security policies. Tactical professionals are the actual cyber defenders against cyber threats.
All these industries are hiring right now. Cyber security is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. According to Burning Glass, a labor market analytics firm that collects data from online job sites, listings for cyber security positions rose 73 percent from 2007 to 2012.