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Online cyber degrees: Securing the future

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A massive market with millions of jobs

We are in the age of technology. Much of our leisure, school and connection to the world is through the technological landscape. Add to that list, of course, employment. In 2019, The Herjavec Group, an award-winning leader in cybersecurity operations, released the 2019-2020 Official Annual Cybersecurity Jobs Report. This study was a targeted investigation on the development of the cybersecurity job market. The study predicted, as of 2021, that there will be 3.5 million open cyber positions around-the-world, “a 350 percent growth in open cybersecurity positions from 2013 to 2021.” Furthermore, this trend is likely to continue upward.

According to the Annual Cybersecurity Jobs Report, the cybersecurity unemployment rate is at zero percent — where it has been since 2011. One million cyber professionals were needed by 2020 in India alone in order to meet the technological needs of its economy.

“Cybersecurity unemployment rate is at zero percent — where it has been since 2011.”

— Annual Cybersecurity Jobs Report

But, you don’t need to go to India to find a job. As is the case in many nations, “the demand for professionals with cybersecurity expertise [in the United States] is outpacing all other occupations,” detailed in the Annual Cybersecurity Jobs Report.

Introducing Cyber Operations and Resilience

To make qualified candidates for the increasing demand, Boise State Online is launching its brand new, fully online, Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) undergraduate and graduate programs in the fall of 2021.
The Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) programs include:

Making cyber experts out of Boise State Broncos

The brand-new Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) program is online and asynchronous. The program is taught by industry professionals who provide real-world examples and give students realistic expectations of the workforce. The CORe programs include courses on design, remediation and operation of information systems, physical systems and networks. Students will learn to anticipate, detect and mitigate cyber and physical infrastructure threats through creative problem-solving.

Students will learn to anticipate, detect and mitigate cyber and physical infrastructure threats through creative problem-solving.

No matter your background, if you’re interested in cyber operations, this program can help you become a cyber warrior. The undergraduate degree is designed both for traditional high school students and those with a professional, military or law enforcement background looking to build their knowledge within the cyber workforce.

The graduate program takes it a step further to give future security consultants and engineering directors the technical skill required for the cybernetic future. With future degree openings in a myriad of fields, from the technology in medicine to the next generation of militant cyber-based warfare, whatever your background, cybersecurity is your future.

Innovation in cyber degree programs

The Undergraduate Cyber Operations and Resilience (uCORe) program and the Graduate Cyber Operations and Resilience (gCORe) programs offer more than a theory-based degree. The programs are centered on real-world application and prepare you to be an industry-ready professional; capable of creating and protecting resilient systems and networks.

Along with the online versatility and unique learning approaches, the flexible learning pathway brings further innovation to the graduate Cyber Operations and Resilience program. Graduate students may choose to advance through the traditional route, pursuing a Master of Science, or students can build towards the Master of Science by earning Cyber Operations and Resilience certificates. These certificates can count towards the master’s degree or stack-able certificate program and can also be a stand-alone certificate.

Graduate students who have earned a single gCORe certificate have the flexibility to return and apply the credentials towards the stack-able certificate program and master’s degree program. This gives students the flexibility to incorporate their education into their job while leaving the door open for additional cyber operations learning opportunities.

Achieving your goals one byte at a time

Becoming the next cybersecurity engineering director for the military or senior information security program consultant at a tech company starts with getting the knowledge and know-how to do so at Boise State.

Your next step towards earning an undergraduate or graduate degree in Cyber Operations and Resilience and to fill one of those 3.5 million positions starts with talking with a program coach today.

Contact a coach to learn more about the cyber program