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What is Cybersecurity?

Preparing you for a career safeguarding society's vital information

"There are many people of poor and evil motivation who are seeking to disrupt business and government and exploit any vulnerabilities in the digital universe."
- John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General, 2001

As society’s dependence on computers and the Internet continues to grow, so too does the prevalence and sophistication of cybercrime. Cybercriminals look to exploit vulnerabilities in digital currency systems, data infrastructures, and other online portals through which information can be stolen. The cost of these activities can be great, which is why public and private organizations alike demand highly-skilled IT professionals to secure data and prevent costly security breaches.

Serving to protect the confidential data stored within computer networks, the field of Cybersecurity has emerged as a modern career opportunity that extends beyond the realm of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) defines cybersecurity as, “The activity or process, ability or capability, or state whereby information and communications systems and the information contained therein are protected from and/or defended against damage, unauthorized use or modification, or exploitation.” In other words, cybersecurity is an essential element of any public or private sector that operates in today’s highly connected, digital world.

The ability to defend against cyberattacks comes after education and training in network security, cryptography, security protocols, information processing, and other issues that face those charged with securing information networks.

Students who complete the online BS in Cybersecurity program will enjoy immediate ROI as they apply the cutting-edge information security skills they learned in school to a high profile job in IT. In fact, information security analysts and similar cybersecurity positions are among the most highly sought after and highest paying careers in IT.

Guarding the private information of individuals, industry and government agencies, Cybersecurity professionals safeguard computer networks by identifying system weaknesses and defending against threats from hackers, viruses, and worms. In addition to shielding computer network systems from unauthorized access, Cybersecurity professionals are key to defending against cybercrime and cyber terrorism. 

Professional Responsibilities in Cybersecurity:

  • ::  Responding to sophisticated cyber attacks
  • ::  Gathering data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cybercrimes such as credit card fraud, auction fraud, intellectual property theft, pedophilia, terrorism, hacking, etc.
  • ::  Coordinating an organization’s information security preparedness
  • ::  Educating users on computer security
  • ::  Installing security software
  • ::  Monitoring the network for security breaches

Employed by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, Cybersecurity professionals are also called upon to engage in computer crime investigations—an emerging field also known as Cyber Forensics. As technology advances and changes on a daily basis, the rules governing the application of Cyber Forensics to auditing, Security and Law Enforcement must keep pace. Cybersecurity and Forensics professionals are also charged with developing new techniques and procedures to provide the information technology security field the tools needed to discover, collect, and present evidence of cybercrime.

Learn More about Cybersecurity

If you want to protect the cyber environment and defend against one of the biggest threats to national security, discover Utica College’s online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Request More Information or call us today 315.732.2640 or toll-free at 866.295.3106 to speak with a Program Manager.