Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity: Career Outlook
Earn up to $105,000 securing important information.
With your Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, you’ll be well prepared to find a position in this fast-developing field. As of 2022, there is a worldwide gap of 3.4 million cybersecurity workers, while the average cost of a data breach has hit a record of $4.35 million.1,2
- 5.9 BILLION ACCOUNTS COMPROMISED DURING DATA BREACHES IN 20213
- 3.4 MILLION UNFILLED CYBERSECURITY JOBS IN 20221
- $102,600 MEDIAN PAY FOR INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYSTS (ISA)4
- 35 PERCENT GROWTH IN ISA JOB POSTINGS BY 20314
- 700,000 CYBERSECURITY JOBS POSTED OCTOBER 2021-SEPTEMBER 2022 ALONE7
As data breaches and intrusions make daily appearances in the news, it’s becoming clear that organizations of every size in every sector need skilled cybersecurity experts. Their need is an opportunity for you.
This 100-percent-online program readies you for success in this critical field. You’ll graduate with not only fundamental skills and knowledge in cybersecurity and computer science. You’ll also stand out to future employers with more intensive knowledge in one of three specializations.
Prepare for your cybersecurity career with a bachelor’s degree from Utica University.
INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYST
As an Information Security Analyst, you’ll protect an organization’s computer networks and systems by planning and carrying out security measures. You’ll monitor security breaches, use protective software such as firewalls and data encryption, protect sensitive information, conduct penetration testing, and more. This position is one of the fastest-growing in cybersecurity, with 35 percent growth projected from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the national average.4
COMPUTER NETWORK SECURITY ADMINISTRATOR
As a Computer Network Security Administrator (also known as a computer security specialist, a network security analyst, or an internet security specialist), you’d perform many security-related tasks for your employer. That could include teaching colleagues about computer security, checking for violations and intrusions, installing protective software, and defending against cyberattacks.5
INFORMATION ASSURANCE ENGINEER
As an Information Assurance Engineer, you’d oversee your company’s processes to ensure data security — from storage to analysis. Whether you work directly for one company or consult with many, you will be able to step in and detect data security risks. You’ll work to find solutions, mitigate further risks, and prevent data breaches. You’ll also conduct periodic risk assessments to ensure the security measures you’ve put in place are working.6
Additional cybersecurity bachelor’s roles:
- Information Security Specialist8
- Information Technology Auditor8
- Computer, Networking, or IT Security Consultant8
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Specializations: Prepare for Career Excellence
As technology continues to increase in complexity, so too do cybercriminal tactics and the cybersecurity roles that combat them. By specializing in one of the following areas of cybersecurity, you’ll gain a comprehensive set of skills that will enable you to stand out as a top candidate for the specific career you want.
B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cyber Operations
The Cyber Operations specialization provides skills in defensive and offensive tactics, techniques, and procedures. Develop real-world skills using industry-recognized cyber operations tools. Gain advanced instruction on vulnerability assessments, malware analysis, and incident response.
B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation
Prepare to lead the fight against digital white-collar crimes such as fraud, money laundering, and corruption. Learn about modern payment systems from a global perspective while studying techniques to prevent, detect, and investigate fraud. Discover counter-efforts that include fraud prevention and fraud detection technologies that include digital forensics skills.
B.S. in Cybersecurity: Digital Forensics and Incident Response
Pursue your passion for collecting evidence and investigating computer crimes such as fraud, ransomware and data theft with courses that emphasize a comprehensive understanding of the forensic tools and techniques used to investigate and analyze network-related incidents and preserve digital evidence. Computer crime encompasses a wide range of illegal activities that cost corporations revenue and pose a threat to our national security and individuals alike. In this 100% online master’s program, you’ll gain the skills you need for cyber forensics certifications and make an impact in this rapidly growing field.
Key Skills Employers Need
- Show how ethical issues impact decision-making
- Demonstrate an understanding of cybersecurity principles, as well as critical thinking and information application
- Identify the main stages of the criminal justice process and the agencies responsible for administering justice
- Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and technical aspects of a cybercrime investigation
- Demonstrate an understanding of computer science principles when they’re applied to cybersecurity
- Design and discuss a research project based on the scientific method
- Apply statutory and case law to legal problems that occur in the field
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- (ISC)2. (2023). Cybersecurity Workforce Study. Retrieved February 17, 2023, from https://www.isc2.org/Research/Workforce-Study
- Sharma, S. (2022, August 1). Average cost of data breaches hits record high of $4.35 million: IBM. Retrieved February 17, 2023, from https://www.csoonline.com/article/3668655/average-cost-of-data-breaches-hits-record-high-of-435-million-ibm.html.
- Drapkin, A. (2022, January 17). Cybersecurity: 5.9 Billion Accounts Targeted in Data Breaches Last Year. Retrieved February 17, 2023 from https://tech.co/news/5-9-billion-data-breaches-2021
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022, September 8). Information Security Analysts. Retrieved on February 17, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm
- Payscale (2023). Security Administrator: Salary. Retrieved February 17, 2023, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Security_Administrator%2C_Computer_Network/Salary
- Payscale (2023). Information Assurance Engineer: Salary. Retrieved February 17, 2023, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Assurance_Engineer/Salary
- CyberSeek (n.d.). Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map. Retrieved November 9, 2022, from https://www.cyberseek.org/heatmap.html.
- U.S. News & World Report (n.d.). Online Cybersecurity Degree: An Overview. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/cyber-security-bachelors-degree