With new threats come new opportunities, and universities are improving their programs to include advanced degrees in network security designed to produce a new generation of cybersecurity gurus.
Responding to Obama's call to action, in February, the University of Maryland University College created the "National Center for Excellence for Cybersecurity." The new program is set to kick off this fall and offers bachelor's and master's degrees in cybersecurity.
"UMUC's mission is to offer top-quality education programs that respond to the needs of our state, nation and world," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge in a statement. "Our new undergraduate and graduate level cybersecurity programs address the critical need to protect our nation's vital and growing cyber infrastructure and to address the serious workforce shortages of highly skilled professionals within the cybersecurity industry."
Dr. Alan Carswell, UMUC's chair of the information and technology systems department for graduate programs, said that President Obama has identified cybersecurity as a major need and vulnerability. He said that cybersecurity is a career for the future and that UMUC has responded with a program to create a new class of cyber warriors.