This announcement could not be more timely with all the cyber attacks seen on cities and businesses lately.
The University of Tulsa is adding a new School of Cyber Studies.
Thanks to the new program, students can now get a bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security and a doctorate in Cyber Studies.
TU professor Tyler Moore says it was an easy decision because of the high demand for cyber security jobs across the country.
“To see where we’ve come from then to now, has been pretty inspiring to think that we can have an entire department dedicated to cyber studies,” Moore said.
Moore says there are at least 200,000 cybersecurity job openings right now that businesses are hoping to fill.
TU student Jess Peraza says she jumped at the chance to major in something she is passionate about.
“Cybersecurity is like a booming field right now and a lot of computer scientists are choosing this as their niche so I think it will bring more people in,” Peraza said.
Moore says cybersecurity is comprised of the best TU has to offer. He says labs with servers like these are going to give students the hands-on experience they need to be ready right out of college.
“That’s what’s exciting is that we can really hopefully meet the demand that’s out there for cyber programs that…..we maybe couldn’t have done before,” Moore said.
Moore says some of his best memories when he was a TU student was thanks to the hands-on education, he was getting…and now, more than 20 years later, he hopes to do the same with the next generation of students.
“The reason why I wanted to come back and teach a few years ago was because of the great experience I had as a student, because I got the chance to do hands-on cybersecurity work as a student even then,” Moore said.