Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College have established the Iowa Cyber Hub, which they hope will increase the number of cyber security professionals here in Iowa. With cyber-crime on the rise, Iowa, along with the rest of the country, faces a shortage of workers in cyber security, with a 2016 estimate indicating 300,000 unfilled jobs in the field. According to Cybersecurity Business Report, damage costs from cybercrime could hit $6 trillion by 2021. As part of the partnership between the schools, DMACC will create a new Associate's degree in Cyber Security with an available pathway to ISU's program. Both schools will also work with middle schools and high schools to get more students interested.
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