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Cyber Security

Defend Data Against Cyberattacks


Cyber Security Programs

Channel Your Problem-Solving Skills into a Cyber Security Career

If you have a love of technology and all things cyberspace, a cyber security program may be the right move for you. Whether you’re looking to earn a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or undergraduate certificate, we can help.

At DeVry, our online cyber security programs boast a mix of security and information technology (IT) courses taught by experienced tech professionals. These skills-focused degree and certificate programs cover concepts such as risk management, forensics, malware, cryptography and more. Cyber security classes offer the opportunity to explore modern cyber security and information technology concepts and build your understanding of the real-world cyber security issues you're likely to find in today’s workplaces.

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Our Programs

Explore Our Hybrid and Online Cyber Security Programs

Our undergraduate cyber security degree and certificate programs can help you gain an understanding of real-world information security issues by exploring current cyber security and information technology concepts.

Accreditation Matters

DeVry University’s Cyber Security curriculum is acknowledged and verified as an approved provider by NICCS.

Scholar's Program

Future Cyber Defenders Scholars Program

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.

Cyber Security Courses: What You Will Learn

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.

Cyber Security Admissions Requirements

Here at DeVry University, prospective undergraduate students must interview with a DeVry Admissions Representative and complete an application. You will also need to provide documentation of high school graduation or the equivalent, and meet minimum grade point average and English-language-proficiency requirements. More detailed admissions information can be found in our Academic Catalog.

Program Degree

Cyber Security Certifications


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.

Learn about Our Hybrid and Online Cyber Security Programs

Our cyber security degree programs are developed with your goals and busy life in mind. That's why our information technology and cyber security courses are available in either a hybrid or 100% online format.

Here's how our hybrid and online cyber security programs work:

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses are a great option for students who want to combine the flexibility of online learning with the experience of in-person instruction.1 This allows for a flexible way to balance your daily schedule while taking some classes in person.

Online Courses

Online courses enable you to learn 100% remotely. Online students have access to all the same tools that in-person students do, including experienced faculty and career services support.

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.

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 degree programs dive deep into a variety of disciplines, including Information Technology, server maintenance, ethical hacking and more.

Cyber Security Career Options

At DeVry, our certificate, associate and bachelor’s programs can prepare you to pursue a broad variety of  cyber security-related roles in private-sector companies, public-sector organizations that maintain large data systems or contracted security agencies.

Undergraduate Certificate

For example, with our online Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security, you may be prepared to seek entry-level cyber security jobs that include:

  • Network Systems Administrator

  • Cyber Security Specialist

  • Cyber Security Technician

  • Computer User Support Specialist

Associate Degree

Graduates with our Cyber Security and Networking Associate Degree may consider intermediate roles such as:

  • Computer Network Support Specialist

  • Information Security Analyst

  • Information Technology Specialist

Bachelor's Degree

With our Bachelor’s Degree Cyber Security Programming Specialization, you may consider more advanced career roles that include:

  • Computer Programmer

  • Computer Security Specialist

  • Cyber Security Specialist

  • Information Security Manager

  • Software Developer

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.

FAQs: Cyber Security

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.

Learning Experience

Tech-Empowered Learning

At DeVry University, you will prepare to pursue a career in today’s cyber security field supported by our tech-empowered learning. Our classes help students become comfortable with the technology being used in today’s workplaces using a variety of methods including collaboration software, online homework tools and computerized accounting systems.

We also provide robust student support, including e-books, access to our e-library and more via our online student hub, DeVryYOU.

Download our mobile app so you can manage student life on the go! With tech-empowered learning, you will have the chance to grow your cyber security skills by using some of the field’s latest technology, and step closer to achieving your goals.

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.