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What Is an MS in Cybersecurity Management?


According to Cisco, “Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes.”


Attackers are becoming more cunning and devices are beginning to outnumber users, which portends a steep demand curve for highly trained personnel. The U.S. Department of Labor projects 31% job growth in 2019-2029, which is much faster than average, placing this field in rare territory for employment and compensation.


Enterprises are predicted to spend $12.6 billion on cloud security by 2023, up from $5.6 billion in 2018, according to Forrester. Cybersecurity now dominates the priorities of every organization as each adapts to a post-COVID-19 world, with remote work becoming the new norm, notes Forbes.


Enterprise spending on cloud security is predicted to increase from $636 million in 2020 to $1.63 billion in 2023, resulting in a 26.5% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR), and spending on infrastructure protection is predicted to increase from $18.3 billion in 2020 to $24.6 billion in 2023, making for a 7.68% CAGR.


The Murray State University Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management online program prepares graduates — in just 12-18 months — for successful careers in the fast-growing cybersecurity management industry. The program trains students in a range of high-demand skills, including


  • Cybersecurity governance
  • Policy and planning
  • Risk management
  • Business continuity


Curriculum core courses cover the industry’s most important challenges, including information security management, information systems security, information security risk management, incident management and business continuity, data communications and networking, telecommunications law, project management, and cybersecurity solutions development. To customize for specific careers, students choose two electives from Introduction to Business Analytics; Data Management; and Advanced Business Analytics.


These courses are taught by industry-leading faculty with years of experience in their respective disciplines. Students work collaboratively and receive valuable input from professors, which enables steady growth and confidence in subject mastery.


The program prepares graduates to become leaders in healthcare, finance and law enforcement as chief information security officer, information security manager, information systems security officer, information security officer and IT auditor.


Murray State has been recognized as a “Top Tier” university in academic quality for 29 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report (2020). Forbes has listed Murray State among “America’s Top Colleges” every year since 2008. The university’s specialized online degree programs are designed in conjunction with leading employers to mesh workforce needs and the career goals of working professionals. The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1981, a distinction claimed by only 5% of the world’s business schools.


The quality of education and the prestige of the university enable graduates to hit the ground running in their chosen field. You can expect to understand the infrastructures and architecture of networks, data communications and hardware/software components.


Given the industry outlook, the university and business school accolades, and the alignment of the curriculum with regional and national employer hiring needs, prospective students would expect a substantial tuition investment. Yet total tuition is just $15,990 for in-state and out-of-state students in Murray State’s online M.S. in Cybersecurity Management program. Costs are subject to change.


The demand for trained leaders continues to grow. Are you ready to meet the challenges of cybersecurity management?


Learn more about Murray State University’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management online program.



Cisco: What Is Cybersecurity?


Forbes: 2020 Roundup of Cybersecurity Forecasts and Market Estimates


Informatech: Cloud Security Spend Set to Reach $12.6B by 2023


Information Systems Audit and Control Association


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Information Security Analysts

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