Computer Science

Cybersecurity Concentration

Why consider Cybersecurity as a Career?

  • There's no shortage of opportunities for security professionals. The field is consistently growing!
    • Estimated unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide is 3,500,000 by 2021.
    • Total cybersecurity job openings right now in the USA is 504,316.
    • The current global unemployment rate in cybersecurity is 0%. 
  • Jobs for security professionals pay good as well. 
    • With the average salary of security professionals being $96,000.
    • 9% more than other IT workers.
  • Current cyber crime trends around the world are alarming high. 
    • The average annual cost to one US company for cyber crime was $13,000,000 in 2019.
    • The global cost of data breaches is estimated to be $8,000,000,000,000 by 2022.
    • The global cost of cyber crime is estimated to be $6,000,000,000,000 by 2021.

Why study Cybersecurity at Tennessee Tech?

  • Tech is the only program in Tennessee to offer cybersecurity specialization at bachelor, masters, and Ph.D. levels. 
  • Tech is ranked 3rd in engineering schools amongst other non-ivy league schools by College Gazette due in large part to our cybersecurity department. 
  • Tech is one of three NSA/DHS designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education amongst 4-year schools in Tennessee. 
  • Tech is the first and largest CyberCorps SFS program in Tennessee (1 of 87 in country).
    • Tech is also one of ten of those with a community college pathway. 
    • Tennessee 3-Star Industrial Assessment Center providing cyber risk assessment services for power assessment clients. 
    • Academic Alliance Partner with DHS in the STOP. THINK. CONNECT! Initiative.
  • Tech is the only Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (CySP, formerly DoD IASP) in the State of Tennessee. 
  • Tech has the longest running NSA GenCyber program in Tennessee. 
  • Tech founded the WiCyS (Women in Cybersecurity ) conference. 
  • Tech has a CyberEagles student club with many opportunities and activities. 
  • Our students' experiences insure they are prepared to work in the industry at a high level. 

Here is a link for the Curriculum for Cybersecurity Concentration

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