Cybersecurity Program Launches in Kansas City

| June 1, 2015
The new Kansas City metro location at 10450 Holmes Street has about 19,000 square feet designed to encourage collaboration among students and faculty.

The Webster University Kansas City metro location will offer the master’s in cybersecurity beginning Fall 2015.

Classes for Webster University’s Master’s in Cybersecurity program will begin this fall at its Kansas City location.

The Cybersecurity Program is offered through the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. It was launched in Colorado Springs last year and was expanded to the St. Louis region in the fall.

“Cybersecurity threats are constant and they are advanced in their capabilities to breach a network. Professionals must be prepared with new approaches of defense and analysis tools,” said Cass Butler, regional director of Webster University’s Kansas City location. “Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing 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.”

The program prepares students to be well-versed to apply their knowledge and critical thinking related to domestic and international legal systems, private and public policies, and ethics. The program emphasizes skills in digital information protection, cyber terrorism, cyber fraud and theft, cyber intelligence and counterintelligence, digital forensics and pre-emptive and strategic force operation application situations.

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 said, 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.

Webster’s new master’s degree program in cybersecurity was established in 2014 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.

Last week, Webster University announced the launch of its Cyberspace Research Institute.

To request more information about the program, or learn more about how to apply, visit www.webster.edu/masters/cybersecurity.html.

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