Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation and an excellent choice if you're weighing undergraduate programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), online security and cyber security professional's positions, in general, are projected to grow an astounding 28% in the next ten years, which means that a cyber security degree will make you a coveted asset in any company concerned with their critical information and security management.
Due to the lack of educated employees in the cybersecurity field, you will most likely have a job waiting for you as soon as you graduate, whether you attend an online or traditional program. For the same reason, those who hold a bachelor's cybersecurity degree can expect to enjoy excellent salaries and timely advances regardless of the type of business they are employed in. Here's a closer look at this career field and whether prospective students should consider earning their bachelor's degrees in this field.
Online and on-campus undergraduate degree programs will include not only the general education courses you require to succeed in any career but also core courses in cyber security that will help students learn everything about security principles they need to succeed. For the largest impact, a cybersecurity program should be a Cyber Security Center of Excellence, approved by the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and National Security Agency, the largest employers of cyber security professionals. Your program may cover subjects such as the following:
- Computer Systems and Operating Systems
- Information Technology Security and Cyber Defense
- Network Security
- Intrusion Detection
- Ethical Hacking
- Risk Management
- Malware Analysis
- Vulnerability Analysis
- Cyber Threats
- Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills
- And More
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