What will I learn in a cybersecurity education program?
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 cybersecurity requires an understanding of technical architecture, social and political context, business implications and consumer behavior. Our students receive cybersecurity training that draws on these diverse areas, enabling students to bring holistic cybersecurity solutions to a wide range of industries.
Cybersecurity job outlook in Nevada
Cybersecurity has also been identified as a key area for economic development in Nevada. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, projects an estimated 28 percent increase in information security or cybersecurity jobs in the decade from 2016 to 2026, 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 2018, information security analysts had a mean annual wage of $98,350, according to the BLS. Nevada graduates with cybersecurity training can be positioned for well-compensated careers in established and emerging economic sectors in Nevada.