Protection through Prowess
Cybersecurity: One of the Fastest-Growing Careers
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts cybersecurity jobs will grow 31% through 2029, over seven times faster than the national average job growth rate.
The goals of cybersecurity are to protect computer systems, networks, and associated infrastructure and to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of both stored and transmitted data. Importantly, cybersecurity has both defensive and offensive components. Defensive cybersecurity is concerned with configuring and actively defending systems to harden them against cyberattacks. Offensive cybersecurity involves probing the defenses of systems to reveal and potentially exploit vulnerabilities. At LSU, education and research in cybersecurity focus on both defensive and offensive capabilities.
LSU students work with professors and industrial collaborators with decades of experience to learn about analysis of malicious software, reverse engineering, development of software exploits, memory forensics, and more. Our goal is to provide students with a strong background in applied, hands-on cybersecurity to prepare them for jobs in intelligence agencies, the federal government, the private sector, and academia.
LSU Selected to Apply for National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations
The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) program recently selected LSU as the sole university allowed to apply for the CAE-CO designation in 2021. This designation is currently held by only 24 other universities across the nation.
FIREStarter: LSU Partners with Louisiana State Police, Industry to Train Hundreds of New Cybersecurity Professionals, Deploy Cyber Range with State Support
New initiative stacks cybersecurity expertise and assets to help secure Louisiana and bridge a critical 500,000 U.S. workforce gap.
CS Grad Student Manna Earns Scholarship, Attends Black Hat
LSU Computer Science Ph.D. student Modhuparna Manna earned a competitive scholarship to attend the Black Hat annual cybersecurity conference—the premier such conference in the world—in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week. She was there as part of an LSU-industry partnership team to present recent memory forensics work she and other students in the LSU Applied Cybersecurity Lab have been helping to develop to protect people and organizations from malware.
unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. today
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unemployment rate among cybersecurity graduates
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For qualified students who are U.S. citizens, LSU offers scholarships under the National Science Foundation's Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, which provides students with a stipend, free tuition, and professional development funds for up to three years of study, in exchange for a commitment to accept a job in the federal government. Recent cybersecurity Ph.D. graduate Ryan Maggio (left) joined the LSU SFS program and is now working as a cyber systems exploitation researcher at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, a Department of Defense-funded R&D center.
Although I’m an undergraduate, I’ve been able to get extensively involved in research through the LSU Applied Cybersecurity Lab. I'm conducting research on the security of QR-code-scanning software to determine if high-risk injection attacks are possible by people accidentally scanning malicious QR codes.- Karley Waguespack, Junior in Computer Science
LSU works with industry and government to place students in competitive internships, including through the National Security Agency (NSA) Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations, or CAE-CO, program. LSU cybersecurity graduate student Joshua Duke spent 12 weeks as a paid intern working with NSA employees on a classified cybersecurity project.
The Department of Homeland Security announced in November 2021 that it plans to hire cybersecurity professionals at salaries of up to $255,800 or even $332,100 to compete with the more lucrative private sector.
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Come On In
Visit us in the brand-new Applied Cybersecurity Lab in the Center for Computation & Technology or tour our facilities at Patrick F. Taylor Hall, the largest academic building in Louisiana and one of the largest academic buildings in North America dedicated to engineering education and research.