More students pursue cybersecurity degrees as demand rises

Increasing demand for cybersecurity specialists is leading to a rise in the number of colleges offering network security programs and a renewed interest in the field among students. Besides traditional degree programs in computer science and information technology, schools are adding data science majors and certificate programs designed to give graduates a foothold in the lucrative cybersecurity field. "This isn't a fad," said Richard Harknett, a University of Cincinnati political science professor. "We keep doubling down on this. We're doubling down on an insecure infrastructure for convenience and efficiency."

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