Every year in the U.S., 40,000 jobs for information security analysts go unfilled, and employers are struggling to fill 200,000 other cybersecurity related roles. Colleges and universities have created certificates, undergraduate, and graduate programs to train professionals in these job roles. The challenge to meeting the cybersecurity workforce shortage through degree programs is intensified by the reality of the limited number of cybersecurity experts and faculty at colleges and universities based on the qualifications outlined by regionally accredited and state accrediting bodies. Before 2005 doctoral degrees in cybersecurity did not exist, so many faculty that have been teaching computer science and management information systems that completed their doctoral degree before 2005 could need significant re-education on the academic level in cybersecurity. This paper explores the essential need to develop more doctorate faculty in cybersecurity and to create an 18-credit hour post-doctoral diploma bridge programs in cybersecurity. The conceptual paper uses a review of the literature and previous research to make the argument for these programs.
Burrell, Darrell Norman, "Innovations from Academia around Cybersecurity Workforce and Faculty Development" (2019). MWAIS 2019 Proceedings. 21.