University of Baltimore Launches Master's Program in Cybersecurity Management; Degree 'Completes the Picture' for Security Professionals Who Seek Leadership Positions in Business, Government, Military
May 14, 2019
Contact: Office of Government and Public Affairs
The University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business is now accepting applications for its newly launched M.S. in Cybersecurity Management degree, a program designed to meet the needs of security specialists who want to climb the ladder in business, government, defense, and other organizations where data protection and IT systems management are a primary concern. The degree, which is currently accepting students for the fall, is entering the market at a time when the demand for effective protections against electronic threats has never been higher. In the Baltimore-D.C. corridor, for example, employer demand for master's-level cybersecurity management professionals grew 68 percent between 2013 and 2017. Last year, that number doubled.
UB's foray into this growing field is not focused on the technical side of cybersecurity, says Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business. Instead, the new program is about building students' leadership skills, their abilities to evaluate and reduce risk, their knowledge of cybersecurity strategy and policy development, and so on. In a field that is rapidly changing by design, the management of an organization's cybersecurity footprint requires a solid educational foundation.
"Cybersecurity vulnerabilities pose some of the gravest threats to the U.S.," Dalziel said. "It impacts every industry and every level of government. We have substantial training for the technical experts who are on the frontlines combating all the bad actors—and their skills are unmatched. But industry leaders have told us they are looking to hire those who have the technical training, and, layered on top of that, the leadership experience to make the right management decisions. That's where our program fits in—it completes the picture."
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.