Cybersecurity Program Expands to New Locations

Will be offered in St. Louis, San Antonio, Orlando and Washington D.C.

ST. LOUIS (APRIL 22, 2014) - Webster University’s Cybersecurity Program, which was launched in Colorado Springs earlier this year, will be expanded to four more Webster University locations. The announcement of the expansion was made just days before the Gateway to Innovation (G2I) technology conference taking place in St. Louis on April 23. Webster University is a platinum-level sponsor of the event.

One of the main topics of discussion at G2I will be network and data security. Webster University will host two discussion panels to explore different aspects of Cybersecurity. Webster University President Elizabeth “Beth” Stroble and other university representatives will speak at the conference.

“Webster University is proud to serve as a platinum sponsor for the Gateway to Innovation conference,” Stroble said. “Just as St. Louis historically served as a Gateway to the West,  Webster University, a truly global university, leads in developing innovative programs and partnerships to secure a prosperous future here and around the world.”

Webster’s George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology (Walker School) graduate-level program will be offered in the Washington D.C. area this summer, followed by Orlando, San Antonio and St. Louis.

The field is exploding with job opportunities. According to a recent report by the labor-market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies, postings for cybersecurity jobs have grown 74 percent since 2007. In 2013 alone, the report said, there were more than 200,000 postings nationally for cybersecurity jobs, with an average salary of $93,028. That’s more than $15,000 higher than other IT positions as a whole. And because the number of qualified candidates for these cybersecurity jobs far lags the number of open positions, these postings tend to remain open much longer than other IT jobs, according to the Burning Glass Technologies report.

“There is a growing demand for employees who can manage complex cybersecurity programs for the government and for private enterprise,” said Tom Johnson, associate vice president and chief of strategic initiatives at Webster University. “We launched the Cybersecurity program in Colorado Springs because of a demand for it from members of the military there, and now we are expanding to other areas of the country because of growing demand from those regions.”

Barrett J. Baebler, Walker School associate professor and Management Department Chair agreed this is the right degree at the right time. “The foundation of today’s global commerce is built upon numerous channels delivering materials, services and data,” Baebler said. “Protecting the security of these channels is a top priority.”

Webster’s new master’s degree program in cybersecurity was established to help fill a staggering demand for cybersecurity training in the Colorado Springs area. The U.S. Air Force Space Command approached Webster to create the program because it has 1,400 employees who need training in cybersecurity.

Webster University is continuing to be on the forefront of addressing the growing needs in our society and business community,” said Julian Schuster, provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Webster University. “Our uniquely designed Cybersecurity program is another prime example of  Webster’s commitment  to creating  relevant and highly-impactful educational  programs.

One of the topics taught in the Cybersecurity Program – the security concerns created by an increasingly mobile workforce – will be the center of one of Webster University’s two panel discussions at the G2I Conference. Professor Ross Mayfield, an adjunct professor in the Cybersecurity program and a recognized expert in information systems and computer law enforcement investigations, will lead the discussion along with Jeff Villmer, senior director of information technology at IntelliSpend and Rick Powell, with information technology security at REJIS.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.