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The University of South Florida is offering a new major that provides students a pathway to high-paying careers in cybersecurity. The Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management (IACM) program, which is hosted at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, is a unique major in the Muma College of Business that combines core courses in business with information assurance, cybersecurity management and analytics. Students in the major attain valuable in-depth skills to work at an array of companies and large corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and institutions. Information Technology professor Giti Javidi oversees the major.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analysts earn a media salary of $99,730 per year, and the number of jobs is expected to grow 31 percent from 2019 to 2029, far outpacing most other professions.

The IACM major debuted this past fall. Course topics include cybersecurity analytics, cybersecurity threat intelligence, database management, risk management, cloud solution architectures and cybersecurity governance and policies, among others.

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