Cybersecurity professionals work on the front lines to keep everything from our bank accounts to top military secrets safe. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has increasingly conducted business, shopping, education and other communications virtually. The result: an explosion of highly paid jobs and new career paths in this often overlooked industry.
In New Jersey alone, there are over 11,000 available jobs in the cybersecurity industry, and more than 450,000 positions available nationwide. Jobs are available to students from a wide range of academic disciplines. The average entry-level salary in cybersecurity is $72,964; for top jobs, salaries can exceed $200,000.
The second annual New Jersey Cybersecurity Connect-Collaborate-Careers conference will connect students and university faculty and administrators with cybersecurity business leaders. Specifically, the 2021 conference will:
- raise awareness of cybersecurity career opportunities for higher education students and new college graduates and convey the appeal of cybersecurity careers
- inform students and business leaders about university cybersecurity programs.
- enable business leaders to collaborate with academia to fill cybersecurity job openings by tapping into new avenues of recruitment at universities
- provide students and new grads seeking internships and full-time positions with networking opportunities with employers
Conference speakers include cybersecurity experts from: Seton Hall University, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology, St. Peter’s University, PSEG, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State of New Jersey, Old Mutual Insurance, Cybereason, SHI, and more!. Learn more about the speakers.
New this year, the conference will include three afternoon workshops that will teach students widely used skills and technology for various background levels (introductory Python coding, application of Splunk software suite, computational privacy).
This event is sponsored by Seton Hall University, PSEG, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, as well as UPITCHNJ, a statewide collegiate entrepreneurship organization; and Edge, the region’s nonprofit technology partner. It is free, but registration is required. It is open to New Jersey’s higher education communities and cybersecurity industries.
Schedule at a Glance:
- 9 – 9:15 a.m.
- Dr. Brian Bridges, Secretary of Higher Education, NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
- Katia Passerini, Provost, Seton Hall University
- 9:15 – 9:50 a.m.
- Keynote address: Gurdeep Kaur CISO, PSEG
- 10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Workshops featuring more than 20 cybersecurity experts from industry, government and academia, including:
- Educating the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Researchers
- The Cybersecurity Job Market: Cybersecurity Employers Speak About the Array of Jobs Available and the Qualities They Seek in New Hires
- Keeping New Jersey Safe from Cybersecurity Threats
- Diversity Employment in Cybersecurity: Opportunities for Women and Minorities
- 12:00 pm. – 12:30 p.m.
- Lunch and Networking
- 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
- Day in a Life: What’s it like to work in cybersecurity?
- 1:30 pm. – 2:30 p.m.
- Python Workshop (Sponsored BY NJEDA)
- Splunk Workshop (Sponsored by Splunk)
- Computational Data Privacy Workshop (Sponsored by LeapYear Technologies)
- 2:30 pm. – 3:00 p.m.
- Wrap-up and Networking
Read more about the agenda.
- Wrap-up and Networking