ZURICH -- For students of cybersecurity at Switzerland's 150-year-old ETH university in Zurich, hacking is a legitimate part of the curriculum.
Students learn to infiltrate Internet and mobile networks in classes on "wireless electronic warfare" and "modern malware" designed to prevent computer malfeasance. The number of students enrolled in ETH Zurich's information security master's program has more than tripled since 2009, the university said.
Demand for cyber specialists is rising as companies hire more experts to counter risks to their networks.
Cybersecurity is a $60 billion global business. Concern over hacking has been heightened by reports of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency and eavesdropping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.