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With cloud security spending in the United States expected to reach $1.93 billion by 2021, colleges and universities are paying attention to the fastest-growing job market. During a recent public session of the Morgan State University (MSU) Board of Regents’ fall meeting, Board members voted to allow the university to pursue the addition of a new Bachelor of Science degree in Cloud Computing.

According to a university statement, pending approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, a Cloud Computing degree at Morgan would advance opportunities for students in a growing field.

The proposed Bachelor of Science in Cloud Computing program would be offered online as well as in a traditional classroom setting, providing educational experiences to adult learners and other nontraditional students.

“I applaud the Board’s foresight as it relates to preparing Morgan for the future. For our students to solve the problems of tomorrow, we need to offer them the programs that address those problems today, and cloud computing is at the top of the list,” said David Wilson, president of Morgan State University.

According to a PreciseSecurity dot com study, the increasing need for cloud security services is a result of rapid cloud computing market growth, followed by a significant number of threats and attacks. Data breaches have become one of the most critical cloud security threats, causing damage to companies. Other significant threats to cloud security are the lack of cloud security strategy, deficient access management, and account hijacking. Phishing attempts are on the top of that list.

In its statement, Morgan State University says increasingly the demand for data infrastructures that can be stored, secured and accessed from anywhere and at any time requires a cloud-based solution.

“Cloud computing will give students the knowledge and skills in cloud services and applications to work in the industry, academia, and government as cloud administrators, computer architects, modelers, engineers, application developers, security specialists, analytics specialists, analysts and researchers,” the statement said.

Microsoft Azure describes cloud computing as “the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.”

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