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School of Business Cybersecurity Center

Opening fall 2023

Cybersecurity Center

The School of Business is excited to announce plans to open a state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Center! We will be receiving a grant for $1.5 million from the FY 2022 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill; these funds will be used to create a Cybersecurity Center. The School of Business intends to open the center in Fall 2023. The center’s hardware and software will be housed on the Emporia State University campus within the School of Business with an adjacent classroom.

The work of the center will occur both on-campus and off. Classes leading to degrees in Computer Science, Information Systems and Business Data Analytics are currently being taught, but will be expanded with additional opportunities for students to earn industry-recognized concentrations, certifications and credentials. The Cybersecurity Center will also be used to raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity, host seminars and camps, and encourage research. Some of these activities will include cybersecurity competitions for high school and university students, high-impact partnerships with businesses concerned about cybersecurity, relevant training and certifications for faculty and staff, and partnerships between faculty and students for joint research.

A career in Cybersecurity is a great choice!

Here’s why:

  • According to the Cybersecurity Job Dashboard by CyberSeek, 6,540 cybersecurity jobs were posted for Kansas and 53,453 cybersecurity jobs were posted for neighboring states during May 2021 to April 2022.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Kansas's cybersecurity jobs have a mean annual wage of $91,940 as of May 2021.
  • U.S. Department of Labor's long-term projection (2020–2030) shows 38.7% and short-term projection (2021–2023) shows 6.7% growth rate for cybersecurity jobs in Kansas.