The Cybersecurity program within the Information and Decision Sciences (IDS) department at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is one of the best programs in the Nation. Many of our programs include extracurricular activities and include industry certification training (Security +, CISSP, CISM, FTK).
Our excellent curriculum and faculty expertise in cybersecurity provide students with skills that meet the immediate needs of employers. Because of our training and education, our graduates are in demand. Working all over the Nation, our graduates are involved in current cybersecurity policy, defense, and operations.
Through our relationships, CSUSB created a unique curriculum and programs that customize the skill set of our students. A graduate of our program may have technical skills in Cisco, Linux, VMWare, Windows Servers, Oracle, SAP, and ArcGIS; as well as skills in project management, enterprise architecture, intelligence, computer forensics, ERP systems, business intelligence, asset tracking, and more.
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Cybersecurity professionals need to be able to deal with network security and investigate cybersecurity crimes or events, in accordance with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework categories. Due to the high demand for qualified cyber talent, it has become imperative that we respond to the huge cybersecurity workforce gaps by training leaders in cybersecurity who can fill the roles outlined in the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. The ability to develop, protect, and defend IT systems, is a highly sought-after skill by local employers, with well over half of all job opportunities at the local, state, and national level focusing on these particular skills.
Our students have gone on to excel in the public and private industry, many in high-paying, high-impact positions. Companies that employ our graduates include Google, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Department of Treasury, Environmental Research Systems Institute, Mitre, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, Department of Justice, Federal Reserve Board, Booz Allen, and SoCal Edison.
Career Outlook & Opportunities
Across the nation, employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fill the major gaps in the cybersecurity workforce. In California alone, there are more than 72,000 job openings, with almost 1,600 job openings in San Bernardino County. The national figures are even more bleak, with more than 500,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions. The number is significantly increasing.