Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Prince George’s Community College has started a cyber-security curriculum as part of the CyberWatch program.
Thanks to the grant, a number of colleges nationwide have started cyber security curriculums. At Prince George's Community College, information security students don't carry a gun or wear a badge, but say they're part of a new breed of warriors.
“This is the new battlefield, but instead of a gun you have a keyboard," said student James Coleman, who has returned from a tour in Iraq.
Coleman and other students are training for electronic warfare in the Cyberwatch Program at Prince George’s Community College.
“We're at war, and we need more cyber warriors to protect the nation," said student Christopher Diaz.
Maryland Senator Babara Mikulski commended those homeland soldiers for forging a career to protect our nation from things we can't see.
"Prince Georges County is the epicenter of cyber security education in the state of Maryland and in the Nation," Mikulski said.
Coleman says it’s not just information security, but financial security. In fact according to payscale.com, information security analysts can earn between $42,000 and $100,000 per year.
"I was looking for a career that you can't outsource, and cyber security is the career that I see that is growing," Coleman said.
Cyber careers are growing. The Department of Homeland Security alone is poised to hire up to 1,000 Cyber Security Engineers, developers, engineers and analysts over the next three years.