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7 Benefits of Getting a Cybersecurity Degree

by Tim Brunicardi on May 1, 2018

In today's world, we hear far too often about companies or businesses being hacked or falling victim to a data breach. As companies begin to do more and more business online, it's no wonder why cybersecurity is a booming field and a career students should consider getting into.

What Exactly Is A Cybersecurity Professional? 

The purpose of cybersecurity professionals is to utilize technologies and processes that help prevent cyber criminals from conducting unauthorized attacks on computer systems, networks and programs.

Where Can I Get The Training I Need To Enter This Profession?

Cyber Security

Beginning in Autumn 2018, those interested in getting into this field will have the opportunity to enroll in Hocking College’s new Cybersecurity and Network Systems program.

In only four semesters, students will be able to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity & Network Systems Technology. Afterwards they can expect to earn a median pay of $77,799 in a profession where 412,793 new network and computer administrator positions will be available by 2024.

What Skills Will I Learn In This Program?

Students who decide to pursue a cyber security degree at Hocking will learn:

  • Networking protocols
  • Security concepts
  • How to respond to cyberattacks
  • How to configure and implement a firewall                   
  • How to configure a Virtual Private Network
  • How to install a secure wireless network infrastructure

What Are The Benefits Of Getting A Degree In Cybersecurity?

There are several benefits to getting a degree in cybersecurity, which are listed below.

  • Qualified cybersecurity professionals are currently in extremely high demand.
  • This profession offers employees an unlimited potential for growth.
  • Employees can work on either a full-time or part-time consultant basis.
  • Cybersecurity professionals can secure a sizable income and excellent job benefits.
  • Employees will be able to choose from a variety of different job prospects all over the globe.
  • People in this field will be able to have a positive impact on the lives and careers of their clients.
  • Thanks to the daily advancements in technology, cybersecurity professionals will constantly be learning new skills and methods to help them outwit cyber criminals.

What Job Duties Will I Be Performing?

Students who graduate from the program will be able to provide the following services to business owners, private citizens and perhaps even government agencies:

  • Protection of both company and employee information
  • Prevention of websites from going down
  • Denying spyware access to company computers
  • Skills to combat potentially virus-filled ads courtesy of adware
  • Protection from ransomware
  • Providing customers with the features and support they need to guard themselves against cyber criminals
  • Knowledge and skills to beat hackers at their own game
  • Plan of action to help customers recover quickly in the event of a breach
  • Opportunities to help a business or agency improve their standing, credentials and professional reputation

For more information on Hocking College’s Cybersecurity & Network Systems Program, contact Cybersecurity and Network Systems Program Manager, Mark Riley at rileym24177@hocking.edu or by phone at (740)753-7209.

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