The evolution of corporate cybersecurity: how times have changed!

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘corporate cybersecurity’? Many think an organization’s cybersecurity is handled by a room full of frazzled anti-social IT wizards who hover over laptops in a dimly lit room. The truth is, today’s cybersecurity could not be more different.  

In the old days, cyber gurus would be called in to “fix” cybersecurity breaches and other sensitive situations after they had already taken place. But this approach does not work anymore. 

Cyberattacks increased by 50% in 2021, with companies experiencing an average of 900 attacks per week (Check Point, 2022). This relentless assault has forced businesses to change how they think about cybersecurity and move away from the old practice of reacting to threats to today’s approach of taking strategic steps to prevent attacks before they happen. 

As a result, businesses now spend an average of 10.9% of their IT budget to strengthen their digital defenses (Deloitte, 2020). Many companies even appoint a dedicated member of their staff —a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)—to oversee their cybersecurity management strategy.  Such a strategy covers technology, infrastructure, personnel, incident response and an overall long-term business plan.

Keeping data safe in the modern world requires investments in sophisticated cybersecurity management strategies with plans in place in advance of a cyberattack, and it saves companies a significant amount of stress and money in the long run.

As you can imagine, these highly-trained professionals who are educated in cybersecurity and qualified to protect a company’s valuable data are in great demand. 

Davenport University is helping to fill that critical need by launching dedicated programs to develop employees who can confidently combat cyberattacks and effectively manage cybersecurity strategies.

Davenport’s new cybersecurity program spotlight 

MBA in Cybersecurity Management 

With the MBA cybersecurity management concentration, delivered jointly by the College of Technology in partnership with the Maine College of Business, students will develop skills to tackle legal and ethical challenges, manage risk and defend against cyber threats. Courses in the MBA in cybersecurity management concentration provide a breadth of experience and knowledge, from accounting and marketing to information infrastructure.

Cybersecurity Management Certificate

Boost your resume with Davenport’s cybersecurity management certificate. This certificate aligns with the uncompromising standards of the National Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Defense and can be completed in just one year. This four-course certificate program focuses on planning, risk management, legal and ethical challenges, and business continuity strategies to enhance your current experience with cybersecurity intel.

Scholarships help ease the financial burden of college

Davenport’s cybersecurity program is made more affordable through scholarship opportunities, including the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program. This scholarship covers the total cost of tuition, books and required fees, plus a stipend for food and housing if needed. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity, visit here.

Cybersecurity career spotlight 

Salary range

Average U.S. salary range (US Dept of Labor statistics):  $85,941 – $139,643

Career titles
Management Information Systems Director
Data Operations Director
Computer Security Manager

Internet Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
Computer Operations Manager

To learn more about Davenport’s cybersecurity program, visit here.


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