Keep today’s online world safe with cybersecurity

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Staying ahead of today’s continuing computer and cybersecurity threats has become a growing career. Learn the tricks of the trade with Jackson College’s cybersecurity degree program.

Large computer networks often they fall victim to security breaches that can put important information at risk. A degree in cyber security prepares students to become security analysts, who work to ensure that an organization’s computer networks, computer systems and digital information stay safe from cyber-attacks. They may plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Cybersecurity analysts ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure.

“This is closely related to the computer networking degree, but adding important studies in cyber security,” said Assistant Professor Larry Choate, Computer Information Services. Students may specialize in Microsoft or CISCO networks.

About the Program

Jackson College offers an associate degree in cybersecurity, with transfer options. An associate degree is necessary for a start, and students may transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Those in the field will need to be self-motivated and constantly teach themselves to stay up to date, as those who fight cyber-attacks must stay one step ahead of hackers and cyber criminals who seek new ways to gain access to sensitive information.

It is a growing field; the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for security analysts will increase 35 percent through the year 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Significant growth is predicted in both the federal government and in the health care field. Those going into the field can expect earnings starting at in the $57,000 per year range in Michigan, and earnings will increase with education and/or experience. Students may transfer on to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree for best career opportunities.