Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security
Build fundamental skills to combat cyber-crime and protect sensitive data across networks.
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Take your ambition to the next level with a cybersecurity scholars program that helps you build your network, boost your skills and pursue the career you want.
The coursework in our cyber security programs can help you develop many of the skills necessary to protect networks and data systems against cyberattacks.
For example, courses in our Cyber Security Programming Bachelor’s Degree Specialization cover areas such as web security, data privacy and security, advanced network security, networking, routing and switching, helping you develop an understanding of the issues and concepts associated with information security, including:
Protection of network and data systems.
Design of flexible and extensive security plans and the risk factor analyses that are associated with them.
Protection of web-based applications from external threats.
Protecting information on mobile devices.
Identifying network and wireless vulnerabilities, conducting risk assessments, responding to intrusions and providing business continuity through recovery efforts.
Certifications are credentials earned from professional organizations such as CompTIA, ISACA, ISC2 and others that substantiate our skills, often by taking an exam and, in some cases, requiring some additional training. By earning and maintaining industry-recognized certifications in penetration testing, digital forensics, cloud-based technologies and other areas of cyber defense, you can show employers that your skills have been verified. In some cases, employers require applicants to have specific certifications, thereby providing assurance of their skills. Coursework in our cyber security programs can help you pursue these important credentials. For more detailed information, explore our cyber security certifications page.
No matter what format you choose, our Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems, each with Specializations in Cyber Security, dive deep into a variety of disciplines, including Information Technology, server maintenance, ethical hacking and more.
Network Systems Administrator
Cyber Security Specialist
Cyber Security Technician
Computer User Support Specialist
Computer Network Support Specialist
Information Security Analyst
Information Technology Specialist
Computer Security Specialist
Cyber Security Specialist
Information Security Manager
Keep in mind that titles and hiring requirements are not standardized across industries, so this information is provided as a general guideline. Employers will specify their required skills and qualifications in each of their job postings.
Cyber security is the practice of protecting data systems and computer networks from digital attacks and minimizing the impact when they do occur. Also known as information technology (IT) security, the practice employs strategies, techniques and tools that are designed to combat or recover from threats to sensitive information contained in networked systems, typically from outside of an organization.
Cyberattacks in the form of data breaches affecting consumers’ personally identifiable information (PII) can be particularly devastating to brands, health systems, banks and other public and private-sector organizations. Cyber attacks can result in loss of revenue and consumer trust, possible legal action and imposition of regulatory fines and are a threat to homeland security. This is why cyber security has become an important concern in the board room as well as the IT department.
Some of the online cyber security programs available here at DeVry include our Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a Cyber Security Specialization which is focused on the general practice of cyber security, our Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems with a Cyber Security Programming Specialization which concentrates on more specialized programming knowledge and its applications in the cyber security field and our Associate Degree in Cybersecurity and Networking which teaches you how to keep networked devices, infrastructures and environments secure and running smoothly. In addition to our undergraduate cyber security degrees, our Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security helps you build a foundation to learn about safeguarding strategies, OS concepts and more.
If you’re interested in a graduate-level program that touches on cyber security concepts, you might also consider our Graduate Certificate in Information Security.
Cyber security may sound like it’s hard to learn, but as with any area of study, the degree of difficulty depends on the student. You may find certain cyber security courses to be more challenging than others, but if you dedicate yourself to learning, manage your time effectively and maintain your focus, you can effectively pursue your goal of earning a cyber security degree.
Many cyber security careers involve building safe networks that prevent cyber attacks from external forces, uncovering and patching vulnerabilities that malicious hackers could exploit and detecting malware and unauthorized access to sensitive data and operating systems while facilitating the free flow of information between networked devices. There are many types of cyber security professionals, each with their own competencies. For instance, an ethical hacker specializes in breaking into systems to identify security vulnerabilities, while a cyber security analyst would likely spend more time evaluating the system itself to recommend improvements.
Based on projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), career opportunities in cyber security should remain strong for the next several years. The BLS projects employment of information security analysts to grow 35% between 2021 and 2031, a rate that is much faster than the national average for all occupations, with about 19,500 job openings each year, on average, over this period.2 This growth is projected on a national level and local growth will vary by location. This projection is not specific to DeVry University graduates and may include earners at all stages of their careers.
The BLS attributes this demand to the rise of e-commerce, a shift to remote work and the growing frequency of cyberattacks, which are increasing the business sector’s focus on innovative solutions to protect networks and data systems from hackers. They further recognize strong growth in digital health services and telehealth, which may increase data security risks for healthcare systems.
The answer depends on which program you choose to enroll in. For example, our online Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security can be completed in as little as 1 year and 4 months, while our Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Cyber Security Programming can be completed in as little as 2 years and 8 months.3 You may have the potential to complete your program even more quickly if you have qualifying transfer credits.
1Program, course, and extended classroom availability vary by location. In site-based programs, students will be required to take a substantial amount of coursework online to complete their program.
3Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
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