Education and Training
Cybersecurity is one of the most significant economic and national security challenges of the 21st century. However, the U.S. has a significant shortage of cybersecurity professionals who understand and can effectively thwart the growing threats. As a result, cybersecurity training and education has become a national priority.
Cybersecurity threats exist at a wide range of levels. On one end are relatively unsophisticated threats, such as accidental leaks of information via email or a lost USB drive. More sophisticated attacks such as covert data interception by wireless radios, distributed denial of service server attacks, covert channel attacks and evolving malware exist on the opposite side of the continuum.
Because of this diverse nature of cybersecurity threats, education in cyber security requires an understanding of technical architecture, social and political context, business implications and consumer behavior. Our students receive cybe security training that draws on these diverse areas, enabling students to bring holistic cybersecurity solutions to a wide range of industries.
Cybersecurity has also been identified as a key area for economic development in Nevada. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, projects an estimated 37 percent increase in information security or cyber security jobs in the decade from 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than average growth. In Nevada, many of these jobs should be in sectors such as banking, health care, data centers and online gaming. In 2014, information security analysts had a mean annual wage of $70,470, according to the BLS. Nevada graduates with cybersecurity training will be positioned for well-compensated careers in established and emerging economic sectors in Nevada.
Cybersecurity Training and Education
Minor in Cybersecurity
The 18-credit minor is open to all undergraduate students at the University. Completion of minor requirements may require completion of additional courses as prerequisites. Coursework draws heavily on computer science and engineering and information systems.
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
Open to current graduate students as well as working professionals, this four-course certificate program emphasizes teamwork and developing real-world cybersecurity solutions in an interdisciplinary context.