The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a 37% growth in cybersecurity jobs from 2021 to 2022, a higher growth rate than almost all other industries. With over half a million unfilled cybersecurity jobs currently, and over 1.8 million open jobs projected for 2021, and The UA Little Rock Department of Computer Science focuses on providing students the education and opportunities they need to thrive in this challenging discipline. We invite you to come to be a part of a community working hard to protect and defend our society against cybersecurity threats.
UA Little Rock a longstanding designation as a DHS and NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and provides the course offerings to prepare future cybersecurity professionals to hit the ground running in their careers. Our faculty come with rich industry experience and have a passion to build your skills and interest in cybersecurity defense operations. Our curriculum is dynamic to meet the constantly changing threat landscape in cybersecurity.
UA Little Rock sits in the capital city with two large military bases and numerous financial, energy, IT services and retail organizations. We have a strong relationship with our industry partners and work to identify local internships and job placements for our graduates. Through our research and workforce development initiatives, students are able to work closely with industry, the military, and government agencies throughout their academic careers.
The average salaries for cybersecurity Analyst and related positions are as follows:
- Application Security Engineer: $100,000 to $210,000
- Network Security Analyst: $90,000 to $150,000
- IS Security Manager: $120,00 to $180,000
- Cybersecurity Analyst: $90,000 to $185,000
- IS Security Engineer: $90,000 to $150,000
- Penetration Tester: $80,000 to $130,000
Consortium for Cyber Innovation
UA Little Rock has partnered with the Forge Institute and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to establish the Consortium for Cyber Innovation (CCI) to help meet demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals.
The consortium will grow applied research capabilities throughout the state. The consortium partners will focus on research, innovation, and workforce development to develop an industry cluster in emerging technologies that will support national defense and designate Arkansas as a Cyber Defense State and cybersecurity hub.
Here, students have the opportunity to work in cutting edge cybersecurity research both as graduates and undergraduates. Through NSF grant funding and in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education and local industry, we develop enterprise-quality workouts in the UA Little Rock Trojan Cyber Arena (formerly UA Little Rock Cyber Gym). These workouts are immediately distributed to middle and high school students throughout the nation. The UA Little Rock Cyber Arena provides a safe and highly accessible cloud environment for students to learn hands-on cybersecurity skills. Our student researchers work to develop new competition-style cybersecurity workouts and find more effective techniques to distribute the content through cloud technologies.
Housed in the Emerging Analytics Center, we also engage students in applied cybersecurity research using machine learning and 3-D visualization to target risk reduction. With over $15 million in funding, students work hand-in-hand with government and industry partners to develop solutions to the toughest challenges in cybersecurity.
Does UA Little Rock offer a minor in Cybersecurity?
UA Little Rock continues to offer the minor in Information Assurance. Students already completing this minor will continue to receive the course offerings required to graduate with the minor. Additional courses offered in Cybersecurity will count toward the minor degree, and we plan to transition this into a minor in Cybersecurity.
Does UA Little Rock offer a Cybersecurity BS?
We have a Cybersecurity BS as of Fall 2021.
I’ve already taken courses in the Information Assurance minor. Do these transfer?
Yes, IFAS 2300: Intro to Information Assurance counts for CSEC 1310: Intro to Cybersecurity, and IFAS 3300: Computer Forensics will count for CSEC 3300.
Does UA Little Rock offer a graduate degree in Cybersecurity?
We have programs for both an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Information Sciences. These degrees offer courses and research opportunities in cybersecurity.