Careers in Cybersecurity

Escalating concerns about the security of computer networks in the public and private sectors is contributing to job growth in the area of cybersecurity, an issue that was highlighted by President Obama's hiring of a White House Cybersecurity Coordinator in 2009. The field is seeing heightened demand for information technology specialists and computer and information research scientists to create methods of monitoring and defending networks and devices, as well as to integrate those applications into older systems.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts overall employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.* There is high demand for these workers as information security concerns are increasing for many businesses. Managers realize that their current security measures cannot effectively combat growing threats. More properly trained administrators are needed to reinforce network and system security.

According to a recent report from Burning Glass Technologies, the demand for professionals in cybersecurity is growing at a rate of 3.5 times faster than the demand for other IT jobs over the past five years and more than 12 times faster than the demand for all other non-IT jobs. **

Cybersecurity affects organizations in nearly every field, including management, research, detection, prevention, investigation, counter intelligence and evidence gathering. With the skills you’ll gain in this program, you may find career opportunities in:

  • ::  Federal law enforcement and national security agencies
  • ::  Local and state law enforcement agencies
  • ::  Corporations
  • ::  Banks and other financial institutions
  • ::  Insurance companies
  • ::  Hospitals and other health care facilities and organizations
  • ::  Private corporate security firms

The field classified as cybersecurity is broad, and job titles and descriptions vary widely. For example, cyber experts may work in the public sector defending homeland security, in the private sector protecting financial services, or even in the non-profit sector guarding domestic violence or cyberstalking victims from being pursued online. As varied as the opportunities are, the roles and responsibilities of a cybersecurity professional share common themes across industries and sectors. Here is an example of a typical job description for a Cybersecurity Analyst and list of other sample job titles one might encounter in his or her post-degree job search:

Cybersecurity Analyst

Median Average Annual Salary: $88,590
Best Paid 10% Average Annual Salary***: $138,790

Job Description:

  • ::  Has strong conceptual and hands-on practical understanding in areas of IT infrastructure designs, technologies, products and services. Includes knowledge of TCP/IP networking protocols, network/packet analysis, firewall functionality, host and network intrusion detection systems, operating systems, databases, encryption, load balancing, and other technologies
  • ::  Possesses strong knowledge of current security threats, techniques, and landscape, as well as a dedicated and self-driven desire to research current information security landscape
  • ::  Serves as the single point-of-contact and/or coordinates incident management efforts
  • ::  Demonstrates excellent communication skills, analytical ability, critical thinking, strong judgment, and the ability to work effectively with clients and IT management and staff
  • ::  Able to analyze large data sets and unstructured data for the purpose of identifying trends and anomalies indicative of malicious activity, as well as demonstrated capability to learn and develop new techniques
  • ::  Capable of forecasting the effectiveness of proposed countermeasures and evaluates their actual effectiveness after they are put into use
  • ::  Provides team with rotating 24x7 availability to ensure ad hoc triage-and-response to cyber threats, zero day exploits and security breaches

Sample Job Titles:

  • ::  Information Security Analyst
  • ::  Security Manager
  • ::  Audit Manager – IT/Cyber/Data
  • ::  Privacy Manager
  • ::  IT Risk Management
  • ::  Supplier Security Compliance Manager
  • ::  Cyber Operations Analyst
  • ::  Infrastructure and System Security Manager
  • ::  Senior Manager Global Cybersecurity
  • ::  Principal Consultant Cybersecurity

Learn more about the cybersecurity careers open to you with this Master's degree in CybersecurityRequest more information or call us at (866) 295-3106 to speak with a Program Manager today.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Information Security Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm

** http://www.sempersecure.org/news/research.html

*** http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/information-security-analyst/salary