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Preparing the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Pros

Michelle Baik

Safety in cyberspace relies on well-trained cybersecurity workers. The CSU is stepping up to meet the workforce needs of this quickly evolving field.

Students at a cybersecurity competition.

Cal Poly Pomona students participate in cyber defense competitions to put their skills to the test. Photo courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona


Technology may link us more to one another than ever before, but with increased connectivity, we all know, comes increased risk. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), "our daily life, economic vitality and national security depend on a stable, safe and resilient cyberspace."​

And that comes from well-trained cybersecurity professionals who help protect business, institutions and individuals from cybercrime. To that end, the CSU is doing its part to graduate more students who are prepared to take on these roles.

"Cybersecurity has become a critically important topic as our daily lives have become entwined with internet services," says Ronald E. Pike, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer information systems at Cal Poly Pomona. "Cybersecurity is not optional; it is a necessity and we need new cybersecurity professionals to bring talent and expertise to meet the challenge."

Cal Poly Pomona has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education by the DHS and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Students can study cybersecurity in one of three majors: computer information systems, computer science and computer engineering. Additionally, Cal Poly Pomona offers a master's degree in business administration with a focus on information assurance.

Similarly, at San Diego State, students can study cybersecurity through the Master of Science in homeland security.

According to Fulbright Scholar Edward Foale, currently enrolled in San Diego State's program, "students should be interested in a career in cybersecurity because there [are] a lot of things [they] can do with it… More and more activities are moving into cyberspace… This will inevitably continue in the future… There's a growing market for cyber roles, which will allow students to undertake very interesting and meaningful work."

​These CSU campuses also offer cybersecurity-related programs or courses: 

Read more about how the CSU is helping to produce future leaders in cybersecurity.

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