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Nurture Your Tech and Problem-Solving Skills by Earning a Cybersecurity Degree

If you have a love of technology and all things cyberspace, a cybersecurity degree program may be the right move for you. The coursework in a DeVry bachelor’s degree, associate degree or undergraduate certificate can help to awaken the information technology professional within you and help prepare you to play your part as a cyber defender.

At DeVry, our online cybersecurity degree 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. Cybersecurity classes offer the opportunity to explore modern cybersecurity and information technology concepts and build your understanding of the real-world cybersecurity issues you’re likely to find in today’s workplaces.

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Our Programs

Explore Our Hybrid and Online Cybersecurity Degree and Certificate Programs

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

Accreditation Matters

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

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Scholars 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 Programs Admission 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.

Cyber Security Certifications

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Certifications are credentials earned from professional organizations such as CompTIA, ISACA, ISC2 and others that substantiate your skills, often by taking an exam and, in some cases, requiring 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 computer skills in these areas 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 prepare to pursue these important credentials. For more detailed information, explore our  cyber security certifications page.

Learn about Our Hybrid and Online Cyber Security Programs1

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 format1.

Here’s how our 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. This allows for a flexible way to balance your daily schedule while taking some classes in person.1

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 deeply into a variety of disciplines, including Information Technology, server maintenance, ethical hacking and more.

Career

Cyber Security Career Options

At DeVry, our certificate, associate and bachelor’s programs can help 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 Degree Programs

What is 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. Cyberattacks 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 boardroom as well as the IT department.

What cyber security degree and certificate programs are available?

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 that is focused on the general practice of cyber security, our Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems with a Cyber Security Programming Specialization that concentrates on more specialized programming knowledge and its applications in the cyber security field and our Associate Degree in Cybersecurity and Networking that 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

Is cyber security hard to learn?

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.

What do you do in a cyber security career?

Many cyber security careers involve building safe networks that prevent cyberattacks 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 its own competency. 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.

What is the expected job growth for cyber security professionals?

Based on projections from the 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 32% between 2022 and 2032, a rate that is much faster than the national average for all occupations, with about 16,800 job openings each year, on average, over this period.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 growth 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.

How long does it take to earn your cyber security degree?

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 2 months on an accelerated schedule, 1 year and 6 months on a normal schedule.3 Our Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Cyber Security Programming can be completed in as little as 2 years and 8 months on an accelerated schedule, 4 years on a normal one.4

3Minimum schedule is per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 7 to 13 credit hours per semester and continuous, year-round enrollment with no breaks. Normal schedule is per 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and enrollment in 7 to 13 credit hours per semester.
4Minimum schedule is per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 13 to 19 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks. Normal schedule is 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and full-time enrollment in 13 to 19 credit hours per semester.

What types of skills are needed for a career in cyber security?

The cyber security field requires aspiring cyber defenders to develop a medley of technical and workplace skills. Technical skills like framework and operating systems knowledge, coding and scripting, and cloud security are crucial. Workplace skills like problem-solving, communication, adaptability and being detail-oriented are indispensable. This skill set helps cyber security pros stay ahead of new vulnerabilities to cybercrime, assess situations and propose solutions, collaborate with their peers and explain highly technical subjects to non-technical stakeholders.

Where do cyber security professionals work?

As organizations continue to rely heavily on the safety and security of their data systems and the job growth outlook continues to be strong in this area of computer science, as indicated by the BLS projections, cyber security careers can be found anywhere sensitive data is stored or managed. You may find career paths in the banking and finance, insurance or healthcare industries, or in the tech sector. Opportunities may also exist in law enforcement and government agencies.

Can I earn my cyber security degree or certificate 100% online?

Yes. Cyber security degree and certificate programs at DeVry are designed to be completed 100% online. If you prefer to add an on-campus experience to your educational journey, a hybrid option may allow you to take some classes in-person at a DeVry campus location.1

Learning Experience

Tech-Powered Learning

At DeVry University, you can prepare to pursue a career in today’s cyber security field supported by our  tech-powered 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.

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.
2Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location. BLS projections are not specific to DeVry University students or graduates and may include earners at all stages of their career and not just entry level. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm
3Minimum schedule is per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 7 to 13 credit hours per semester and continuous, year-round enrollment with no breaks. Normal schedule is per 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and enrollment in 7 to 13 credit hours per semester.
4Minimum schedule is per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 13 to 19 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks. Normal schedule is 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and full-time enrollment in 13 to 18 credit hours per semester.