Webster University Expanding Cybersecurity Programs to Combat Brain Drain

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (KMOX) – Techies are leaving the military for more lucrative opportunities in the private sector, which will leave 2 million cybersecurity jobs unfulfilled by 2019. To help battle the military brain drain, Webster University is expanding its cybersecurity degree programs.

University president Beth Stroble says despite the numerous job openings, there is interest the field. “We now have 450 [students] enrolled in this [cybersecurity] program, that’s with it open just two years. So the growth from when we first launched is 145 percent.”

The cybersecurity masters program began two years ago at Webster’s Colorado Springs campus, but it’s now offered in St. Louis and five other cities. Undergraduate and graduate certificate programs are offered as well. Part of the classwork takes place in a private laboratory that challenges students with real-world issues such as viruses, malware and hacks.

But why are so many cybersecurity positions empty? Webster University Assistant Professor of Cyber Security

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