What You Should Know About This Degree
When considering a career in cybersecurity, it’s important to understand the subtle differences between a systems architect or administrator and an information security analyst. While there are similarities, each has a distinct professional track with varying skills.
An information security analyst solely focuses on intrusion prevention and response. In general, someone in this profession comes on board after most of the hardware setup is already completed for ongoing management. Systems architects are often brought in to design functional networks for larger organizations, and administrators may combine knowledge of computer science with business management.
For those with a master’s in cybersecurity, certifications may not be necessary specifically for security. However, some popular certifications such as CompTIA Security Plus or Certified Ethical Hacker are both commonly requested and may be helpful when seeking employment. Some master’s programs may include certifications as part of the package.
Here are some questions to ask when researching online master’s in cybersecurity programs:
- Am I eligible for this program? While many master’s programs accept a wide variety of bachelor’s degrees as a prerequisite for participation, an online cybersecurity program will likely require either a related degree (computer science or other technical science degree dealing with computers) or commensurate experience in the workforce.
- How long does it take to complete this online degree? While all of these online cybersecurity programs require between 28 and 59 credits, depending on the program, most are designed to be completed within 2-3 years. Some programs offer a more flexible approach.
When researching programs, keep track of application deadlines and what kind of application materials you’ll need to submit. We recommend that you research which scholarships and other financial aid options are available to you as well. This information can be found by reviewing the school’s website or contacting their admissions department.