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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

TEXAS CYBER­SECURITYEducational Programs Economic Snapshot

In 2017, Texas ranked third among states in its number of cybercrime victims and, at $115.7 million, second in financial losses.

Cybercrime — the use of computer technology or the internet to gain unauthorized access to information for exploitative or malicious purposes — poses a danger to both national and personal security.

Cybersecurity
industry
employment
in Texas

130,000

Gross
State
Product

$35.5 billion

Sources: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, JobsEQ

Unemployment

Information Security Analysts Employed in Texas, 2018
Type of Employer2018
Employment
Five-Year History 10-Year Forecast
Change Percent Change Total Demand Separations* GrowthGrowth Rate
Private 8,579 1,316 18.1% 10,493 6,808 3,685 43.0%
Government 451 22 5.2% 394 322 72 16.1%
Total Covered Employment 9,029 1,338 17.4% 10,888 7,130 3,757 41.6%

41.6%
Projected Growth Rate

Cybersecurity has a near-zero unemployment rate and an average annual wage of $110,000 across its various occupations.

During the past five years, the state added 1,338 jobs in this occupation and is expected to add 3,757 more during the next 10 years, for a growth rate of 41.6 percent.

Source: JobsEQ


Programs and Awards

The Comptroller’s office has examined educational and employment statistics for the information security analyst occupation, defined by the federal Standard Occupational Classification system as workers who plan, implement, upgrade or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. These workers ensure appropriate security controls are in place and respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Information Security Analyst Program Awards in Texas

Certificates/2-Year Awards

4-Year Awards

Postgraduate Awards

Information Security Analysts Program Awards in Texas
Title CIP Code* Certificates and Two-Year Awards Four-Year Awards Postgraduate Awards Total Awards
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 11.1003 285 105 94 484
Computer Science 11.0701 192 694 529 1,415
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 11.0901 840 26 0 866
Information Technology 11.0103 110 220 0 330
Information Technology Project Management 11.1005 0 1 12 13
Network and System Administration/Administrator 11.1001 157 1 0 158
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager 11.1002 285 76 0 361
Total 1,869 1,123 635 3,627

Source: JobsEQ


National Security Agency Designated Centers for Academic Excellence in Texas

  • El Paso Community College
  • Houston Community College
  • Laredo College
  • Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio)
  • San Antonio College
  • South Texas College (McAllen)
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas)
  • St. Philip’s College (San Antonio)
  • Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M University - San Antonio
  • Texas A&M University (College Station)
  • Texas State Technical College Harlingen
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at Dallas
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Houston
  • University of North Texas (Denton)
map of Texas showing locations of programs listed

Estimated Annual
Impact of Cybersecurity Industry per job

Every job added to the cybersecurity industry generates about $224,000 in economic output and $124,000 in compensation directly within the industry.

Indirect and Induced

Direct


Estimated Annual Impact of Cybersecurity Industry Per Job, 2018
Impact From Direct Indirect and Induced Total Impact
Employment 1 1 2
Sales/Output $224,000 $187,000 $411,000
Compensation $124,000 $62,000 $186,000

Sources: JobsEQ

Conclusion

Millions of businesses and individuals face financial and personal risk from compromised systems every day. Unfortunately, cybercriminals see Texas’ large, ever-growing population simply as a large and ever-growing pool of potential targets. The state’s colleges and universities have continued to develop nationally recognized programs that produce the highly skilled professionals needed to address these challenges while creating high-wage, high-demand jobs for Texans. During the 2017 academic year, these programs awarded more than 484 degrees for information security analysts as well as thousands of degrees for workers in other IT occupations.

Texas’ cybersecurity educational programs train workers who enter almost every industry of the state economy. But they also contribute greatly to the cybersecurity industry itself — an industry so new it has yet to be defined by NAICS.

Learn more about CYBERSECURTY AND THE TEXAS ECONOMY.

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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