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Former IT Recruiter Uses Degree Program to Find the Perfect Candidate: Himself | Technological Leadership Institute

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April 28, 2016
Andrew Morrison

20,000 unfilled cyber security positions in the United States.

18 percent projected job growth for information security professionals by 2024.

That data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics is very familiar to Andrew Morrison. As an IT recruiter, it was his job to help companies find top talent to fill the hundreds of open security-related positions in the Twin Cities.

“Immediately upon getting into the IT recruiting field I realized how big of an emphasis was being placed on information security. I made a ton of cold calls, and it was very hard to find people for these positions.”

Morrison says as he learned more about the IT career field he realized he would rather be in the positions he was recruiting for versus finding professionals to fill them.

“I was learning how specialized information security skill sets were, and I became more and more aware of how crucial these roles were to the organizations I was working with. That sparked my initial curiosity. I thought it was a very commendable field, securing people’s information, and it’s a booming industry.”

With bachelor’s degrees in communication and English literature, Morrison knew making the career transition would mean additional schooling.

“I didn’t have a background in technology, so I knew if I wanted to get into the field, I would have to pursue higher education,” explains Morrison.

Through his work in IT recruiting and sales, Morrison became acquainted with several graduates of the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), who recommended he enroll in the Master of Science in Security Technologies (MSST) degree program.

“The MSST program at TLI stood out because there’s nothing else like it. Being able to start a new career path in only 14 months, while having the opportunity to work full time and attend a program that’s not online – it was a no-brainer.”

Morrison says the biggest benefit of the degree program has been how it’s helped him identify his strengths.

“MSST has exposed me to different aspects of security as a profession,” Morrison says. “The professors do a good job of exposing us to each area in the first month of the program, so it gives a well-rounded background.”

In addition to cybersecurity, the MSST prepares graduates to address a broad spectrum of security issues, including aging infrastructure, natural disasters, and threats of terrorism, disease and crime.

Morrison is currently employed as an information security consultant at Orange Parachute, a position he once would have found someone else to fill.

“In my position I’m on site with clients talking with them about information security. What I’ve learned in MSST allows me to be conversational with people at every level of an organization, whether that be a director, C-level or manager.”

Eventually, Morrison hopes to be in a management position or own his own IT security consulting company. He credits MSST for helping him achieve his original goal of simply finding a job in the security field.

“For anyone trying to get started in information or physical security, this program is a vehicle to give you the skill set.”

The security industry needs professionals with both the technical knowledge and skills to lead. Discover how the Technological Leadership Institute gives students this expertise in just 14 months by requesting information about the M.S. in Security Technologies degree program.

I was learning how specialized information security skill sets were, and I became more and more aware of how crucial these roles were to the organizations I was working with. That sparked my initial curiosity. I thought it was a very commendable field, securing people’s information, and it’s a booming industry.

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