As cybercrimes and security breaches continue to impact the global landscape, businesses need to look beyond technology alone and consider the business implications of cybersecurity strategies, investments and risk. That is why FIU Business has launched an MBA in Cybersecurity Risk Management program, which will develop executive leaders who can manage those risks.
The program is designed for working professionals with more than four years of experience and who have established themselves in the cybersecurity field.
“This is an area that impacts every business, from the largest to the smallest, to protect their resources and as managers it’s a risk we have to understand,” said William Hardin, dean of FIU Business. “We’re proud to offer this new program in a new cutting-edge area we need to benefit our state and the country.”
The first class will begin in fall 2023 and graduate in December 2024. Taught fully online, the program includes two optional on-campus residencies at FIU’s main campus.
“This program focuses on the business aspect of cybersecurity,” said Karlene Cousins, chair of the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at FIU Business. “Many businesses have problems finding employees with the skills required to take leadership positions.”
The STEM-designated program will prepare students to take cybersecurity leadership positions in the international business C-suite with the capability to manage the cybersecurity function, engage in cybersecurity strategic planning, risk management and investment portfolio management.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Information Security Analyst's Outlook reports that cybersecurity jobs are among the fastest growing nationally. The BLS predicts cybersecurity jobs will grow 31% through 2029, over seven times faster than the national average job growth of 4%.
Students in the FIU program will learn cybersecurity analysis, strategy, policy and governance, cybersecurity risk management, business continuity and incident response, and cybersecurity standards and frameworks. They also will gain knowledge in accounting and finance.
Job titles associated with an MBA in cybersecurity risk management include chief information security officer, cybersecurity/ information security manager, cybersecurity / information security director, cybersecurity/information security analyst, cybersecurity consultant, and cybersecurity risk management consultant.