Help the World Withstand Cyber Warfare
More and more, we rely on a wide array of cyber networks to run our daily lives. These networks house sensitive personal and commercial data causing a need for protection from attacks. This specialization is focused on just that – security of information. This is your chance to make an impact in the continuing transformation of our society through technology.
By focusing your Master’s degree in Information Assurance on the Cybersecurity Specialization, you will learn the fundamentals of securing networks with specific courses on database security, enterprise risk management and policy, and digital forensics. Classes can be taken online, on campus, or a combination of both.
Find out more about our Master of Science in Information Assurance with a specialization in Cybersecurity. Request more information or call us at 877-820-0581 to speak to an admissions counselor.
What is Cybersecurity?
Also known as computer security or IT security, cybersecurity is the protection of information belonging to and transferred between computing devices, like computers, smartphones, and tablets, as well as entire computer networks.
Why is Cybersecurity Important?
Cybersecurity is crucial to individuals and entire industries. For families, protection of their personal and financial information, such as Social Security numbers, bank accounts, and credit card numbers, ensures their information cannot be used maliciously. Cybercrime techniques include malware and phishing for access to private data to fraudulently open credit cards and steal from online accounts.
Information security of business and government data are vital to the stability of our world’s economies and societies. The battle for data can be truly described as cyber warfare, as companies, especially larger financial institutes and retailers, are attacked constantly for access to their customer data. In the past two years, a number of well-known U.S. retailers who were victims of cyber-attacks included Sally Beauty, Michaels, Neiman Marcus, and of course Target, in one of the largest security breaches in retail history. Other industries were hit with cyber-attacks as well, including White Lodging which manages bars and restaurants. Data breaches also affected hotel chains Marriott, Radisson, Sheraton, Westin, Renaissance, and Holiday Inn properties.
Businesses worldwide, along with governments and militaries, develop and employ countermeasure techniques to proactively mitigate cyber-attacks.
Greater access to each other has simultaneously opened us up to more criminals. Even the benefit of access that online learning has brought to education has a paradox with added vulnerabilities to students, teachers, and administrators through their online activities. The speed of technology’s evolution has also created the challenge for security to keep up with it, while the demand for cybersecurity is growing as fast our online communities.
Cyber Crime’s Financial Impact
A report published by The Center for Strategic and International Studies and McAfee, part of Intel Security, says, “…the likely annual cost to the global economy from cybercrime is more than $445 billion, including both the gains to criminals and the costs to companies for recovery and defense. A conservative estimate would be $375 billion in losses, while the maximum could be as much as $575 billion.”
Even the most conservative of these numbers is greater than the 2013 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 84% of the world’s nations.1
After the Target cyber-attacks, Consumer Bankers Association, a retail banking trade group, replaced 17.2 million consumer cards at the cost of $172 million. Consumer Bankers Association represents close to 60 of the largest card-issuing banks across the nation. According to data from the Consumer Bankers Association and the Credit Union National Association, the Target security breach had associated costs which topped $200 million across various financial institutions.
Start Your Career in Cyber Defense
With cyber-attacks, security breaches, and computer viruses becoming more and more commonplace, individuals with the knowledge and skills to succeed in data protection and information security jobs are in high demand. Qualified candidates are needed to fill information assurance positions nationwide in areas including strategic risk management, cyber-attack prevention, and crisis management.
After earning a cybersecurity degree, there are a wide range of jobs in information systems security you can pursue including:
- Information Security Analyst – Someone in this position is responsible for safeguarding classified digital data and enterprise security systems. Average annual salary: $91k.
- Security Systems Administrator – These fast-growing careers are responsible for protecting the day-to-day operations of information systems from cyber attack and security threats. Average annual salary: $72K.
- Senior IT Security Consultant – Someone in this position helps analyze risk, provide high-level threat control and defend against security breaches within their organization. Average annual salary: $101k.
- Chief Information Security Officer – This senior IT executive establishes and maintains the enterprise vision and crisis management strategy while ensuring technologies and information assets are protected. Average annual salary: $139k.
A Master’s Degree in Information Assurance from Regis University will provide you the necessary skills to help keep lives safe online and in the real world for today and the generations to come.