One thing the Covid pandemic has taught us is how much of our activities can be conducted online: Buying groceries, attending meetings, even watching the latest blockbuster movie.
Unfortunately, all this digital activity has taught some of us another hard lesson: Not everything we do online is secure from hackers, malware, and other cyber-criminals.
As a result, the demand for qualified cybersecurity experts has skyrocketed, says Michael Tucker, lead professor for the cybersecurity program at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.
“Cybersecurity hasn’t always been its own unique trade,” Tucker said. “Typically, it has been done by people who were previously network administrators or network architects. It’s turning into another section of the Information Systems department.”
That’s why Clark College launched its new Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Cybersecurity (CBAS) in 2020. The program’s first cohort of students are midway toward their bachelor’s degrees, and are preparing to enter a rapidly growing field where their skills will be in high demand.