“This program will allow UW-Stout to continue providing leadership and innovation to produce qualified cybersecurity professionals and meet both current and future business and government needs,” said Glendali Rodriguez, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
The program will complement well-established computer and information technologies programs at UW-Stout that already have components of cybersecurity, meaning the instructors, curriculum and facilities infrastructure already exist to offer the program. About 280 students are enrolled in the related programs.
UW-Stout also offers a minor, two certificates and two concentrations related to cybersecurity.
In addition, UW-Stout has a Cybersecurity Research and Outreach Center, which was established in 2017 when the university was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. UW-Stout was the first four-year institution in Wisconsin to receive the designation.
As a result, UW-Stout students are:
- Prepared to take cybersecurity certifications and Department of Defense mandated certifications
- Eligible for the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program.
Demand, starting salary high
Demand for cybersecurity professionals is high, with the global workforce in the field short about 1.8 million workers. Between 2020 and 2025 the need is expected to grow by nearly 7%, including high demand for workers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan.
The average pay for entry level cybersecurity analyst positions in Wisconsin is $70,000.