Washington state universities get funding to create cybersecurity programs as industry demand grows

(Bigstock Photo)

Breaches in cybersecurity continue to grow in complexity and severity, costing companies more than $10 trillion per year by 2025, according to some estimates.

To help train future cybersecurity experts to help address this issue, Washington State University and Eastern Washington University recently landed more than $2 million each from the state’s 2022 supplemental operating budget to create cybersecurity degree programs.

WSU will create a bachelor’s in cybersecurity operations degree, held at the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture at the Pullman, Tri-Cities, and Everett campuses.

Eastern Washington, meanwhile, will launch a master’s degree and two bachelor’s degree programs, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Most entry-level positions in cybersecurity require, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in computer science or cybersecurity. Seven colleges and universities in Washington state currently offer bachelors programs in cybersecurity and information assurance.

At the federal level, the Biden administration’s FY 2023 budget includes an 11% increase for cybersecurity spending, Cybersecurity Dive reported.

Here are other collegiate programs in Washington state that focus on information and cybersecurity.

Bachelors programs:

Graduate and professional programs: