What You Can Expect to Do with Your Cybersecurity Degree

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An article by contributor Eileen O’Shanassy.

The world of information technology and computer science is a broad field. However, within this realm, there are many sub-areas of expertise, such as cybersecurity. It seems that every year major companies with millions of sensitive user information are breached by unscrupulous criminals. Even the Department of Defense has had a major security breach, so it is apparent that there are problems with normal security protocols in most large institutions. Cybersecurity is a necessary skill to combat these breaches.

Cybersecurity teaches you to become an expert at monitoring, analyzing and dissecting security systems. Armed with a cybersecurity degree, you can look forward to working in many exciting careers in IT. While there are many possible positions. The following are some of the more common jobs available.

Penetration Tester

Being a Penetration Tester is on the dark side of cybersecurity. According to Cyber Security Education, Penetration Testers are essentially legitimate hackers who test a computer security system by attempting to break into the system. Ethical hacking is a necessary profession because it allows system administrators to receive valuable insight into the real vulnerabilities of their systems in ways not foreseen. Penetration testers will need to be highly proficient coders and able to write detailed reports. They will also need to stay current with new software and protocols.

Forensic Computer Analyst

This career is similar to being a cyber detective, according to the Learn How to Become website. A Forensic Computer Analyst will review and analyze data on computer devices and systems, usually following a security breach or a similar event. They will use specialized programs to analyze systems and to recover data from damaged or suspect devices and computer components.

Security Systems Administrator

A Security Systems Administrator is essentially a security systems expert who is in upper management. They are in charge of the management and administration for the daily operations of the company’s security systems. The Learn How to Become website describes the Security Systems Administrator position as being responsible for monitoring the systems, administering user accounts, running backups and developing and maintaining security procedures.

Security Auditor

This job is quite important because it is on the frontlines of security defense. As described by Cyber Security Education, a Security Auditor will assess the computer security systems of a company and analyze them in order to prevent possible security breaches by cybercriminals. Security auditors regularly monitor existing systems and make sure they are up-to-date with protections against existing threats and follow recommended protocols. They issue reports on the current state of security and for any suggested improvements.

 

Possessing a cybersecurity certification is a useful and marketable skill. Most of the higher-paying positions require at least a four-year degree in this field, but some jobs may only require a cybersecurity certification, especially if the certificate holder has a related degree. Cybersecurity is a growing profession and is sure to be a viable and interesting career path for years to come.

Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy


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