Cybersecurity Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The 2022 theme is See Yourself in Cyber emphasizing the critical need for people with the skills to address the growing threats in cyberspace but also the diverse range of roles that are available in this industry. The Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) – the federal agency primarily responsible for cybersecurity policy and lead promoter of events for the month – emphasizes on its website:

We encourage you to See Yourself joining the cyber workforce. We’ll be talking with leaders from across the country about how we can build a cybersecurity workforce that is bigger, more diverse and dedicated to solving the problems that will help keep the American people safe. 

When did Cybersecurity Month Start?

Congress declared October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2004 in  an effort to prompt individuals to protect themselves online in the face of increasing threats to technology and confidential data. It wasn’t until 2009 that the month started to feature a theme and a coordinated message. This year  The White House released a proclamation from President Biden stating that “we highlight the importance of safeguarding our Nation’s critical infrastructure from malicious cyber activity and protecting citizens and businesses from ransomware and other attacks…cyberattacks affect our day-to-day lives, our economy, and our national security.” 

Increasing Urgency = Increasing Job Opportunities

The need for cybersecurity professionals with a strong foundation in legal knowledge is growing at a tremendous rate. According to, companies are desperate for cybersecurity workers—more than 700K positions need to be filled. The industry researcher also predicts that the same number of jobs will still be open in five years. Most companies seek a professional who can advise the legal team on technology options to respond to specific discovery needs, especially since having a comprehensive cyber security plan is also a compliance requirement in many federal and state laws. The required educational background for the perfect job candidate? An MLS degree.

We Teach Everything You Need to Succeed

The MLS in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy at Cleveland State University College of Law is a fully online, part-time, and conveniently flexible program for professionals who work in legal data privacy and cybersecurity. The program is anchored and led by faculty from the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection at Cleveland State University College of Law plus other leading practitioners in the field, with relevant, real-world experience. Students learn and graduate with the legal knowledge to comply with data privacy and cybersecurity regulations. 

Our Masters Degree in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy strives to prepare non-lawyers with a foundational knowledge of the American legal system. We take an integrative approach to education, preparing professionals to understand the technical and business dimensions of cybersecurity and privacy as well as current laws and regulations. Students benefit from a 360-degree view of cyber security and privacy covering both fields’ legal, technical, business, and operational aspects.

When the future of privacy depends so acutely on the cybersecurity field, rest assured, an education from CSU College of Law is a good investment in your career.