Why Get a Degree in Cyber Security?

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Cyber security professionals meet an increasingly critical need in today’s culture of connectivity. As an IT security specialist, you’ll identify cyber risks, implement proactive strategies to prevent those risks and take corrective action when attacks occur. You can get your start in this dynamic field by earning your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security. To take your education to the next level, consider advancing your knowledge with a Master of Science in Cyber Security.

Cyber security professionals are in high demand.

Often, students who are on the fence about choosing a career in IT wonder if the demand will still be there by the time they graduate. The answer is yes. Cyber security is a growing industry that shows no signs of slowing down. Cyber-attacks pose real threats to all companies. Even when a company itself isn’t directly affected by a data breach, it can be indirectly affected by breaches at the company’s bank or other financial partners or vendors. There is currently a major shortfall in qualified cyber security specialists, and the need for these experts is expected to continue to rise as data breaches become increasingly common and costly.

Cyber security experts are well-compensated.

Employment follows the same law of supply and demand that trade does. Cyber security is a field that requires a specialized skillset and educational credentials, and because there aren’t enough graduates with cyber security degrees, employers are willing to pay high salaries to fill these positions. As an entry level cyber security worker, you can reasonably expect to earn at least $60,000 to $70,000 (Payscale, 2018). There is plenty of room for promotions and raises, especially if you decide to earn your Master’s degree.

Cyber security employers are often willing to pay for degrees.

If you already have your Bachelor of Science degree and you’re an entry level cyber security employee, obtaining your Master’s might be easier than you think. Employers may be willing to offer tuition reimbursement for employees who go back to school to earn advanced degrees in their field. It’s worth it to employers to take on the cost because the education of their employees is an investment that pays off dividends in the long run. And with flexible online course scheduling options, it’s easier than ever to earn new credentials.

Cyber security professionals can make a positive difference.

Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in the world that improves the lives of others. If your passion lies in IT, then you may be able to use your skillset to protect other people’s sensitive information and save them from possible financial ruin. You could also choose to work for a government agency, in which case you would be serving the public interest.

Build a career you’ll love with a B.S. or graduate degree in cyber security from Grand Canyon University. Our College of Science, Engineering & Technology invites you to apply for admission to our Master of Science in Cyber Security degree program, which can be completed online or on our beautiful campus. Look for the Request More Information button at the top of this page to get started today.

References:

Entry Level Information Security Analyst Salary with Cyber Security Skills . (2018). Payscale.com. Retrieved 15 February 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Security_Analyst/Salary/f171838d/Entry-Level-Cyber-Security

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