Last year ransomware attacked businesses every 40 seconds. By 2019, experts predict that ransomware attacks will increase to a rate of every 14 seconds, costing companies nearly $11.5 billion.
The need for cybersecurity experts is ubiquitous; Forbes has called Cybersecurity the “Fast-Growing Job With A Huge Skills Gap.” For Texas, in particular, the state’s concentration of corporations, means the need for cybersecurity professionals is even greater. In DFW alone, there’s nearly 10,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs.
To fill this gap, employers like Southwest, AT&T and Verizon work closely with schools with strong cybersecurity programs.
The Dean of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas, Brett J.L. Landry, Ph.D., CISSP, CISA, CEH, is himself a cyber expert with over 25 years of experience in information security in both the public and private sectors. His vision for cybersecurity education has helped shape the college’s cyber program, making it a top cybersecurity program available in Texas.
“Our cybersecurity program was created in the early 2000’s in response to the growing need for cyber experts in Dallas/Fort Worth and across the globe,” said Landry. “Today, the program continues to evolve to teach our students the skills organizations need to withstand the imminent threat of cyber attacks.”
Many students in the University of Dallas’ program are quickly taking their skills into the workforce.
“Even before graduating, I was approached by companies about job opportunities in cybersecurity simply because they understood that the rigor of the program prepares you for the fast-paced information security industry,” said University of Dallas alumnus Chris Russell, who is a network security consultant at Critical Start, a cybersecurity firm headquartered in Plano.
Russell, like so many of his classmates, have capitalized on the growing talent gap in the cybersecurity field.