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Cybersecurity

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Overview

In terms of likelihood and impact, cybersecurity risk now ranks as the third highest risk faced by firms behind extreme weather event risk and natural disaster risk. As organizations digitally transform their business models, products, and stakeholder relationships, they become more dependent on a complex web of digital interconnectivity. The Master of Science in Information Technology and Management offers specialized cybersecurity training in response to the industry need to secure against cyberattacks.

The percentage of organizations reporting a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills reached 53% in 2018-2019 and is predicted to increase in the coming years. Cybersecurity careers are in high demand, making cybersecurity courses a valuable focus for students interested in pursuing jobs across a variety of industries.

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Objective of the Cybersecurity Track

The cybersecurity track views cybersecurity not only as an IT issue but also an enterprise-wide risk management issue. The objective of the cybersecurity track is to equip students with graduate cybersecurity skills and knowledge. The track curriculum covers multiple dimensions of cybersecurity: e.g., board-level and top management level oversight of cybersecurity risk, cybersecurity governance and control frameworks, human factors, technological factors, business process factors, cyber risk sharing and transfer mechanisms, compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards, etc.

The cybersecurity track is a response to the industry’s demand for IT professionals with strong cybersecurity skills. With cybersecurity courses designed and delivered by faculty members and industry professionals, the cybersecurity curriculum balances foundational concepts and practical applications. A capstone cybersecurity course provides an opportunity to apply the cybersecurity skills learned in the courses in an industry sponsored project.

Our curriculum differentiates itself from dedicated cybersecurity programs (Masters in Cybersecurity) in a few key areas. The MSITM is a multidisciplinary program taught by both business and computer engineering faculty. Our graduates will understand the business value and programming requirements of technologies while learning about cyber aspects of the technologies and the needs of businesses to respond to them. Cybersecurity is an integrated component of a larger technological ecosystem, and our curriculum is designed to educate students on both the overall ecosystem as well as providing in-depth knowledge on the branch of cybersecurity.

Pursuing the cybersecurity track allows students to focus their experience within the Master of Science in Information Technology and Management program. Learn more about the courses of the cybersecurity curriculum here.

Career Opportunities

The track responds to the need for highly trained professionals in the field. Prospective students interested in learning more about careers in cybersecurity can research which states have the highest demand, and the expected career paths for professionals with training in cybersecurity. Expected cybersecurity job titles include:

  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Cybersecurity manager/administrator
  • Cybersecurity consultant
  • Penetration and vulnerability tester
  • Information Assurance Engineer
  • Security Operations Program Analyst

Contact Us

Questions regarding the MSITM program? Contact us at the email below!

Texas MS Information Technology & Management Admissions
TexasMSITM@mccombs.utexas.edu
512-232-4671
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