Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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CYBERSECURITYEducational Programs Economic Snapshot

University of Texas at El PasoUTEP  

The University of Texas at El Paso is one of only 21 colleges and universities in the nation designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in two National Security Administration focus areas: cyber defense and cyber operations. As a national leader in cybersecurity education and research, UTEP is strengthening the cybersecurity workforce and combatting global security challenges.


of UTEP cybersecurity
graduates have
job placement
upon graduation

UTEP cybersecurity program graduates are highly recruited and quickly employed, earning average starting salaries of up to $110,000 annually.

UTEP offers a fully online Bachelor of Arts in security systems to meet the needs of working professionals and distance learners.

UTEP is designated as a CyberCorps® university through a $4 million DHS/NSF grant.

All Systems: Grow!

In 2017, information security analysts in Texas earned nearly twice as much as the average annual salary of all occupations in Texas.

Entry Level


Average Annual Wages for Information Security Analysts, 2017
LocationMean SalaryEntry Level SalaryExperienced Salary
Texas95,000 dollars57,000 dollars114,000 dollars
Upper Rio Grande region 76,900 dollars 44,400 dollars 93,200 dollars
El Paso MSA 76,900 dollars 44,300 dollars 93,200 dollars

Source: JobsEQ

↑ $49,000
Average Annual
Wage of All
in Texas

Average Annual Wage of Information Security Analysts in Texas

10-Year Forecasted Growth Rates for Information Security
Analyst Employment by Texas Region, 2018

Estimated 10-Year Growth Rates for Information Security Analyst Employment (As of 2018)
LocationGrowth Rate
Upper Rio Grande Region22.4%
El Paso MSA22.8%

Source: JobsEQ

  • In 2018, more than 100 information security analysts were employed in the Upper Rio Grande region, with almost all in the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
  • Forecasts predict the occupation will grow over the next 10 years by 22 percent in the region and the MSA, below the state forecasted growth rate of 41.6 percent.

UTEP’s Community Investment and Economic Impact

UTEP's $750,000 Department of Education Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program enhances computer science and cybersecurity student leadership skills.

UTEP IS HOME to a satellite campus as part of a cybersecurity-focused collaboration between UTEP and the Army Research Lab (ARL). Since August 2017, UTEP’s designation as part of the ARL-South initiative has allowed an exchange of staff between ARL and UTEP, providing ARL internship opportunities for UTEP students.

UTEP AND ARL PERSONNEL CONTRIBUTE ideas and talent through the UTEP Center of Cyber Analysis and Assessment, which conducts cybersecurity research and promotes long-term collaboration.

UTEP MAKES AVAILABLE the S-STEM scholarship program, using a
$3.2 million grant
from the National Science Foundation in partnership with El Paso Community College, California State University and Merced College in California to increase enrollment and diversity in cybersecurity degree programs.


UTEP’s cybersecurity education and research programs, student recruitment efforts and cybersecurity center — combined with unique access to military research projects at the ARL-South initiative campus — have made the university a significant contributor to the nation’s cybersecurity workforce.


Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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