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Careers in Cybersecurity
Careers in Cybersecurity


 Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace. Cybersecurity specialists protect computer and information systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes. People in these positions also use their expertise in criminal investigations involving computer and information systems, often obtaining further specialized credentials in forensic sciences, accounting, and other areas.


Career Opportunities

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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.

The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $95,510 in May 2017.

Careers in Cybersecurity

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Implementing effective cybersecurity requires practitioners to be innovative and stay abreast of changes and new developments in computer operating and information systems. For example, on May 16, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security released a strategy to provide the Department with a framework to execute our cybersecurity responsibilities during the next five years to keep pace with the evolving cyber risk landscape by reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience; countering malicious actors in cyberspace; responding to incidents; and making the cyber ecosystem more secure and resilient.

In the global digital age benefits from advanced cyber defense programs range from the individual level, such as identity theft and extortion, to critical infrastructure like power plants, hospitals, and financial service companies. Securing these and other organizations is essential to keeping our society functioning.

The Benedictine Benefit

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Benedictine University has a tradition of excellence in undergraduate science programs. The College of Science at Benedictine offers degrees that provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter rewarding careers. Our degree programs in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Data Science, and Mathematics are proven platforms for success. Many students find that combining one of these majors with a minor allows them to create a specialized academic opportunity that suits their passions and their aptitudes, and provides the background highly sought by employers.


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William R. Law, Ph.D
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