New York City's newest rock stars: the IT boys

Geeks who know how to keep hackers out of your business are stars of New York's frenzied economy.

Universities are attempting to fill the void by training students for entry-level jobs that typically pay $85,000, according to employers. New York University's Polytechnic School of Engineering annually produces about 100 graduates with expertise in cybersecurity, said Nasir Memon, head of the Department of Computer Sciences and Engineering.

He added that people skilled in application security and security analytics—that means protecting massive databases or assessing threats—are most in demand. When NYU last conducted a survey three years ago, graduates with cybersecurity degrees were leaving school with more than two job offers each, on average.

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