Alleviating cybersecurity’s serious skills gap

The global gap between the supply of cybersecurity professionals and current demand has been estimated at 3.4 million and expectations are that this demand will continue to grow, given that the market is likely to be worth more than $370 billion by 2029. Tim Banerjee Dhoul reports

To meet the growing demand for specialists in the cybersecurity sector, ESAN Graduate School of Business in Peru is launching a master’s degree in cybersecurity and privacy management.

Director of the new programme Freddy Alvarado Vargas says that its aim is “to train professionals capable of ensuring the confidentiality, availability and integrity of data, as well as mitigating the risks of cyber threats.”

The programme is a dual offering developed in conjunction with La Salle in Barcelona, Spain, a founding member of the Ramon Llull University that is also home to Esade Business School. Its curriculum, meanwhile, is structured around the phases of a cybersecurity ‘lifecycle’ (identify, protect, detect, respond and recover) to offer courses on topics that include digital security, regulations, risk management, cyber defence and data protection, among others.

It is to be delivered in a blended mode over two years with an approximate 70/30 split between synchronous online learning – held on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings – and in-person study.

As well as time on the ESAN campus in Lima, the in-person element features two weeks of study at La Salle during which participants will also visit and learn from cybersecurity and privacy management companies based in Barcelona. Further international expertise on the subject of national security strategies and government policies will also be on hand from the William J Perry Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies, an institution of the US Department of Defence. 

“In a totally hyperconnected and digitised world, the demand for experts in preventing data and information theft to ensure digital trust is increasing, giving this type of speciality a great projection for the future,” adds Alvarado.

The programme kicks off in May this year.

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