‘MTSU On the Record’ looks at Midstate job market’...

‘MTSU On the Record’ looks at Midstate job market’s need for information security specialists

A report chronicling Middle Tennessee’s latest employment needs in the information security arena was the subject of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. Amy Harris, associate professor, Information Systems and Analytics

Dr. Amy Harris

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Amy Harris of MTSU’s Department of Information Systems and Analytics in the Jones College of Business first aired July 9 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and online at You can hear their conversation above.

Harris is the author of a new report assessing job postings in 17 counties in the Nashville and Clarksville TN-KY metropolitan statistical areas. The analysis found that “information security analyst” was the top occupation in the information security category, accounting for more than 25 percent of that category’s job postings.

“Information security analyst” also was the overall most in-demand job title in the regional MSAs, appearing in more than seven percent of Middle Tennessee job postings.

“The extent to which security terms are included in the language of the job postings … speaks to the growing importance of protecting the networks and protecting our networks and the data bases in them,” Harris said.

The report is the latest in a series of research projects by Middle Tennessee Tech, a research program developed in a partnership between the MTSU Department of Information Systems and Analytics and the Greater Nashville Technology Council. Kraft Technology Group LLC underwrote the report.

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