LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents granted approval to offer an online master’s degree in cyber-security at UW-La Crosse.
One last step is HLC accreditation. When approved, the program will start fall 2020.
The UW Extended Campus works on collaborative graduate programs to meet the needs of industry employers to get a good picture of the skills that are needed at the graduate level for new jobs.
Meredith Thomsen, the Graduate Studies Director for UW-La Crosse, said market research was conducted before the development of this program, and data showed strong demand in qualified cybersecurity professionals.
“The UW Extended Campus can pull together graduate programs drawing expertise from all over the UW system to meet that identified degree that is needed and develop for future jobs,” said Thomsen.
Jennifer Butler Modaff, Academic Director for UW-La Crosse, said that research predicted a nine percent increase in cybersecurity-related jobs over the next decade in Wisconsin.
The need for cybersecurity is seen here. La Crosse Police Sargent Tom Walsh said anyone could be susceptible to a security breach of their information.
“Unfortunately, we have seen cases in the La Crosse area where hundreds of thousands of dollars have been taken from people because criminals have gained access to their banking information,” said Walsh.
To learn how to avoid online scams, visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website.