Housed in the first College of Security and Intelligence in the nation, the 30-credit Master of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security was built on the success of our undergraduate program in the same field. According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. It is essential that skilled and talented individuals fill this widening gap. At Embry-Riddle, we are focused on developing quality industry professionals ready to enter the workforce and fill the vast number of positions available with a foundation in the technology, safety, security, ethics, and productivity required to thrive in this vital and emerging vocation.
Our program has developed strong ties with industry and government agencies in Arizona, California, and Washington D.C., hosting guest speakers, expert adjunct faculty, and providing opportunities for students and graduates unmatched by similar programs. Graduate students will investigate Dark Web research to be presented to FBI and DHS groups as a part of Cyber Eye, in addition to cultivating research, projects, and field work experiences to their post-graduate resumes.
Employers are looking for employees to help solve problems, and this requires critical and creative thinking. Understanding the theory is important and applying this theory to perform work for a client in government or industry is like an internship while still in school. As we grow the number of partnerships, students gain a broad view of the 31 different areas of cyber security as outlined by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS). Our cyber adversaries are talented, well-funded and constantly probing, so our students must be spending time in the lab to keep up.