Webster Launches Cybersecurity Program in St. Louis

| June 17, 2014

Classes for Webster University’s MS in Cybersecurity program will begin in the Fall semester, with two graduate classes offered at the University’s Old Post Office location in the Fall 1 term. In addition, two one-credit seminars will be held in June and July. Webster’s Cybersecurity Program is offered through the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.

Webster’s new master’s degree program in cybersecurity was established to help fill a staggering demand for cybersecurity training in the Colorado Springs area. The U.S. Air Force Space Command approached Webster to create the program because it has 1,400 employees who need training in cybersecurity, and Webster launched its Cybersecurity program in Colorado Springs in early 2014.

Webster University Old Post Office campus - downtown St. Louis

Two graduate classes for the Cybersecurity program will be offered at the University’s Old Post Office location in the Fall 1 term.

“We have heard from numerous St. Louis businesses that they are looking for employees with skills in managing the protection of data,” said Tom Johnson, associate vice president and chief of strategic initiatives at Webster University. “Cybersecurity is one of the fastest grown fields in the United States today, and we believe the demand for it will continue to grow as our society continues to become more interconnected online.”

According to a recent report by the labor-market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies, postings for cybersecurity jobs have grown 74 percent since 2007. In 2013 alone, the report stated there were more than 200,000 postings nationally for cybersecurity jobs, with an average salary of $93,028. That’s more than $15,000 higher than other IT positions as a whole. And because the number of qualified candidates for these cybersecurity jobs far lags the number of open positions, these postings tend to remain open much longer than other IT jobs, according to the Burning Glass Technologies report.

St. Louis Cybersecurity Classes and Seminars

July 12: Impact of Network Warfare on Your Critical Business Operations

One-credit seminar instructed by Ross Mayfield

July 19: The Threat of Malware Attacks on Information Technology

One-credit seminar instructed by Bill Spernow

Aug. 20-Oct. 15: Introduction to Cybersecurity

Wednesday evening classes, instructed by Paul Frazier

Aug. 21-Oct. 16: Cybersecurity Threat Detection

Thursday evening classes, instructed by Tad Biggs

Other courses are currently being reviewed and considered for addition to the Fall course schedule. Additional locations may also be added to the Cybersecurity program in the coming months. To request more information about the program, or learn more about how to apply, visit webster.edu/masters/cybersecurity.html.

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