Address Technology Risks and Secure the Skills for a Lucrative Career
In both the private and public sector, there is a rapidly increasing need to keep computer systems safe from cyber attacks, hackers, and viruses. As government, military organizations and businesses continue to use increasingly complex networks and systems, they will need professionals who can skillfully plan and maintain secure systems while anticipating potential vulnerabilities. These are abilities that have a major impact on the safety of our world.
Employers often prefer candidates who have the advanced skills and knowledge in cybersecurity that come with a graduate degree. With a Master’s in Information Assurance from Regis University, you’ll have the right skill set to excel in a wide range of cybersecurity careers, and set yourself apart from many in the profession who only have industry certification.
The master’s level curriculum at Regis University provides you with the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to sit for industry certification exams, including:
- The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
- Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Security Systems Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
Upon graduating with your master’s degree, you will be ready, with some test prep, to take these industry certification exams.
Demonstrate Your Cyber Defense Skills for Real-World Preparation
As a student in our information assurance degree program, you can gain realistic cybersecurity experience by participating in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC). The competition centers on the operational side of managing and protecting an existing “commercial” network infrastructure.
As a competitor in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with other information assurance students and network with industry professionals who are looking for educated candidates to fill cybersecurity jobs.
Watch the video below to learn more about the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
Computer Security. Career Certainty.
In 2010, the number of Internet-connected devices surpassed the world’s population. By 2015, devices connected to the Internet will grow to 25 billion, which means three for every 7.8 billion people living on earth*. Data protection is, and will continue to be, paramount to individuals and organizations who rely on the secure transference of their private information. You can be a part of the vital effort to keep this information safe for governments, companies, communities and more — a major challenge and a responsibility you will shoulder with confidence.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand Information Security Analysts is expected to grow 37 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.** The demand growth is due to the increase in cyber-attacks and the need to develop ways to protect critical data and computer networks. The federal government is expected to hire more security analysts in an effort to protect the nation’s information technology systems. Demand is also expected in the healthcare industry as it is increasing its use of electronic medical records; safeguards are needed to protect patients’ privacy and personal data.
In fact, Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation at the US State Department, has advice for students choosing a college education:
“If any college student asked me what career would most assure 30 years of steady, well-paying employment,” Ross said, “I would respond, ‘cybersecurity.’”
Examples of job titles in the area of Information Assurance and cybersecurity include:
- Application Security Engineer
- Chief Information Security Officer
- Computer Support Specialist
- Database Administrator
- Data Security Strategist
- IT Security Consultant
- IT Security Lead
- IT Security Engineer
- Information Assurance Analyst
- Information Assurance Engineer
- Information Assurance Specialist
- Management Information Systems Director
- Network Administrator
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst
- Senior IT Security Consultant
- Security Systems Administrator
Request more information online or call us at 877-820-0581 to speak to an admission counselor to learn more about careers available with a Master's Degree in Information Assurance. Also be sure to visit our Resource Center for more details on the information assurance industry.
*Cisco. (2011). The Internet of Things: How the Next Evolution of the Internet is Changing Everything [White Paper]. Retrieved from http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac79/docs/innov/IoT_IBSG_0411FINAL.pdf
** Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2011-12 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm
*** Fitzpatrick, Alexander. “Cybersecurity experts needed to meet growing demand.” The Washington Post. 29 May 2012.