Cyber Security Training

Training is essential for working in many industries and may help you become part of an experienced and knowledgeable workforce. Few industries rely on training more than cyber security. Relevant instruction and ample learning opportunities are key components in the development of information security professionals who can help make the internet a safer place.

While it may be a relatively young industry, there are many cyber security training programs designed to help students work toward becoming full-fledged digital defenders. Some schools have begun to offer bachelor's degrees in cyber security as part of their computer science and information technology programs.

If you have an interest in learning about the value of cyber security training, or are thinking about becoming an information security professional, DeVry University is here to help. In this article, you'll learn about various aspects of cyber security training and explore some of the courses and degree programs that can help prepare you for work in this exciting field.

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What Types of Training are Available for Cyber Security?

There are several training opportunities available for people who wish to become proficient in cyber security including degrees, certificates and post-graduate education.

Here's a quick breakdown of the benefits of each path:

  • Undergraduate certificate: An undergraduate certificate program in cyber security is a great way for you to learn the basics of the field and can even help you prepare for entry-level employment opportunities. One of the biggest benefits of pursuing an undergraduate certificate is the relatively short time it takes to complete. In general, a certificate program takes significantly less time to complete than a bachelor's degree. At DeVry, you can earn your Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security in as little as 1 year and 4 months1, or even faster with qualifying transfer credits. Earning your certificate at DeVry is a great option because the classes you take while pursuing an undergraduate certificate at DeVry may count toward certain bachelor's degrees should you choose to continue your education with us.2

  • Bachelor's degree: A bachelor's degree is a step up from an undergraduate certificate. This level of credential communicates to employers that you are knowledgeable within the area of cyber security and have the foundation to continue learning new skills in the workplace. In general, a bachelor's degree program takes longer to complete than an undergraduate certificate program. The average length of a bachelor's degree program is around four years, but dedicated students can complete DeVry's online Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology and Networking with a Specialization in Cyber Security in as little as 2 years and 8 months1. A degree of this level may also open the door to graduate education and higher-level degrees such as a master's.

  • Graduate education: People with a graduate degree or certificate have received a level of cyber security training that may help them stand out as a highly trained member of their industry. Education at the graduate level often means pursuing a master's degree, but can also include graduate certificate programs like DeVry's Online Graduate Certificate in Information Security. Graduate-level training is a great way to help increase your appeal to potential employers or to help you find ways to develop your career path within your current company.

What Will I Learn from Cyber Security Training?

Cyber security training aims to impart several vital skills that you'll need as you work to protect people's data including foundational technical skills, ways to improve efficacy and communication skills that you can put to use as you collaborate with coworkers and managers.

Here are some of the things you can expect to learn about in a cyber security program:

  • Programming: Also known as coding, programming is the basic controlling element of all software. In cyber security, a knowledge of programming is essential to setting up systems and software. It also helps you discover vulnerabilities in a system and gives you the tools to detect malicious code.
  • Security planning and auditing: This is the process of evaluating a network, server, database or system and then determining how it can be improved. It also involves learning how to set up compliance procedures for other non-IT employees that will help them protect company and customer data.

  • Digital devices: A knowledge of digital devices explores connectivity within the Internet of Things (IoT). This knowledge is essential for setting up networks and systems between interconnected devices.

  • Operating systems: Operating systems allow systems and devices to perform computer functions. Understanding these enables you to protect them from attacks that can hamper the ability of a device to function.

  • Ethical hacking: Ethical hacking involves learning the principles and techniques behind hacking attacks. In a cyber security setting, these skills are used to evaluate and improve the quality of defenses in a network or system.

What Careers are Available for People with Cyber Security Training?

Cyber security is a quickly growing field. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of information security analysts will grow, on a national level, by 40,900 (31%) between 2019 and 20293.

Graduates with cyber security training may consider such careers as:

  • Computer systems analyst: Computer systems analysts help programmers construct systems for computers. Security experts specifically evaluate the quality of the system from a defensive perspective and advise programs on how to improve their security.

  • Computer network support specialist: Computer network support specialists help employees and customers troubleshoot issues within their computers. A support specialist with a cyber security background can help people install defenses and recover from intrusions.

  • Ethical hacker: Ethical hackers help evaluate the defenses of a network or system by using hacking techniques to identify weaknesses. After attempting to break into the network they provide recommendations on how to improve security. They may also use hacking techniques to break into hacking hubs and identify cyber criminals.

  • Security analyst: Security analysts manage the software on the networks and systems within a company, overseeing any measures that might be needed to increase or maintain security.

  • Vulnerability assessor: Similar to ethical hackers, vulnerability assessors use their extensive knowledge of hacking techniques and system weaknesses to identify areas where a system could be improved.

Work toward a Career in Cyber Security with Training from DeVry

At DeVry, we help students take the first steps toward earning their degree or certificate in cyber security. Explore our bachelor's degree and cyber security certificate programs to decide which path works best for you.


1 Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
2 At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm (visited August 23, 2021). Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location.