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Enrolling in an online information security degree is a giant leap into one of the fastest-growing specialties in the IT world. Cybersecurity is a dynamic field and knowledgeable guardians are needed. In this program, you'll learn how to protect vast amounts of data and complex systems.

Software programs that protect individuals and organizations from digital attacks are not enough anymore, so more and more companies are turning to information security professionals who can collaborate with unique organizational structures to ensure the highest security possible.

Information security is a priority in almost every industry, so professionals work in a broad variety of settings, from nonprofits to big corporations. The educational and professional options are not limited for those who are interested in the field of information technology and information security.

THE CAREER PATH

A career in information security can be approached with any background in the computer sciences. For most employers, a bachelor’s degree in a field related to the computer sciences is sufficient when accompanied by a certificate in information security.

Typically, the information security profession is one that requires hands-on work experience in order to gain the trust of employers and continue to move up in the field. Most employers will prefer candidates with previous experience in an information technology (IT) department. Some information security professionals also work as network or database administrators.

Oftentimes the goal for these professionals, or for professionals with a degree in information security, is to work as information security analysts. Information security analysts are the individuals who establish and implement security measures within an organization’s networks and systems. You'll be responsible for developing disaster plans and knowing what compliance laws must be followed.

Information security analysts usually provide the following services to their organizations:
  • Researching IT security trends
  • Developing security standards for an organization’s IT department
  • Monitoring an organization’s networks for security and investigating breaches
  • Preparing security and damage reports
  • Installing software to protect sensitive materials 

According to the United States Department of Labor, Information Security Analysts make an average salary of $92,120 and opportunities for employment are expected to increase much faster than other occupations over the next few years.

Alternatively, for those who obtain an information security degree in order to work in a different area of the computer sciences, most professionals make between $70,000 and $100,000. In addition, careers in the computer sciences are incredibly stable across the spectrum—almost all computer science professions are expecting steady growth that is on par with, or slightly above, the national rate in the near future.

WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE?

Information security analysis is for the types of individuals who don’t miss a single detail. Professionals in this line of work must be carefully analytical, observant, and ingenuitive when responding to new security techniques or threats.

If you are interested in staying one step ahead of cyber-attacks by researching and implementing new techniques, or if you’re interested in working behind the scenes to develop security strategies for organizations, then this is a good career for you.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR?

Since a plethora of backgrounds can lead to a profession in information security, competitive candidates tend to have a well-rounded education in the computer sciences, with a focus in information security.

Information security education is offered at many different levels, from a certificate to doctoral degree. With a certificate, you'll receive training in a specific information security topic. Options include e-security, programming and network protection. If you already have a computer science degree, a certificate may help you transition and find work in information security. 

A bachelor's degree is usually necessary for many entry level positions. If you're a professional currently working in the computer industry, earning a master's degree may help you advance. Some master's programs offer more management and human resources training while others give advanced technological training. Choose the track that fits your goals. Doctoral programs are geared for educators and academics who want to research specific topics in information security.

Online bachelor's programs in information security will cover:

  • IT Fundamentals
  • Cyber Security
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Interconnecting Network Devices
  • Designing Customized Security 

There are a number of such programs available, from broad information security certificates to specialized certificates in subjects such as systems auditing. Some certificates may be required by certain employers, others give professionals additional credibility and merit when applying for positions.

This major is also sometimes called information assurance by computer science departments. Information assurance specialists are the watchdogs of the computer world. Accordingly, an online information security degree is also sometimes known as a computer security degree or a cyber security degree.

Finally, a number of colleges may provide opportunities to pursue a certificate in tandem with a degree, and some programs provide the opportunity to embellish your resume with internships or work experience through the university. It would be wise to consider these types of options when entering a field that involves the type of hands-on experience required by information security careers.

COST

GetEducated's Best Buy rankings reveal that an online bachelor’s degree in information security costs just under $50,000, on average, but the most affordable programs cost under $20,000. If information security interests you, it is especially important to research the various programs and what they have to offer, as higher cost does not always equal higher quality or prestige.


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List of Accredited Online Degrees

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BS - Information Assurance and Security (ABET-accredited)

Information systems play an important role in the infrastructure that supports commerce, banking, telecommunications, health care, and national security, driving the need for qualified information...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    180
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

MS - Network Defense

Capella University’s Master’s in Network Defense program prepares information security professionals to assess, develop, and implement solutions to safeguard the information assets and...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

MS - Health Care Security

The health care industry is under constant threat from accidental and intentional data breaches and malicious attacks. Cybersecurity professionals who can protect personal health care data are vit...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

DIT - Information Assurance and Security

With ever-increasing threats to information assets, skilled information security professionals are in high demand. Capella University’s online Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) degree w...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter

PhD - Information Assurance and Security

Capella University's online PhD in Information Assurance program is designed to advance your information-security expertise in a way that fits your career. This program provides opportunities ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    11
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology / Security

The B.S. in IT—Security degree program is designed for IT security managers and experienced IT professionals who seek a bachelor’s degree and certifications to solidify a career in inf...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    8
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

Master of Science in Cybersecurity & Information Assurance

With the ever-present risk of cyber-threats, there’s never been a more complex and exciting time to work in information systems security. Arm yourself with the knowledge and skills to take a...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems / Information Assurance

Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Systems – Information Assurance online program equips you to be a technology professional in the field of business. Through this...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Information Systems / Information Assurance

Liberty University’s Master of Science in Information Systems provides students with a broad perspective on information-related issues in the areas of strategy, security, ethics, design and ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Information Assurance / IA Policy Management

By focusing your degree with the IA Policy Management Specialization, you will learn high-level threat control and data privacy. Our techniques help tomorrow’s data protectors plan for physi...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Information Assurance

Regis University’s Master of Science in Information Assurance program gives students the skills to protect the confidentiality, security, integrity and availability of valuable data whether ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Information Assurance / Cybersecurity

Regis University’s Master of Science in Information Assurance / Cybersecurity program teaches students the fundamentals of securing networks with specific courses on database security, enter...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology / Information Security and Assurance

Consider the information security and assurance concentration if your desired position requires you to investigate system vulnerabilities and implement solutions that provide protection against se...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    180
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Master of Science in Information Technology / Information Security & Assurance

In today's world, protection of data is serious business. Explore everything from fundamentals, such as viruses, worms, and other malicious software, to higher-level aspects of IT security lik...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Information Security

Complete the Information Security certificate program and boost your knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you advance in the IT profession. Explore: Network operating s...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    21
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Graduate Certificate in Information Security

Complete the Information Security certificate program and boost your knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you advance in the IT profession. Explore: Network operating s...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    16
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance

The online graduate certificate in Information Assurance teaches the theory and technical skills needed to detect threats and to secure vital, sensitive information assets across enterprise networ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security

The online graduate certificate in Information Systems Security teaches secure network design, development of security policies and programs, cryptography, business continuity planning, and other ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Security

The online Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Security combines educational theory with the technical skills required to meet information security needs across the enterprise. This online ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    122
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Undergraduate Certificate in Cloud Computing

The online undergraduate certificate in Cloud Computing provides you with basic knowledge of virtualization and network installation and security in a cloud environment. You will focus on data sec...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Undergraduate Certificate in Information Security Planning

The online undergraduate certificate in Information Security Planning examines the principles of information systems attack and defense, and applies that knowledge to protect the information asset...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Undergraduate Certificate in Information Systems Security Essentials

The online undergraduate certificate in Information Systems Security Essentials focuses on protecting information assets by ensuring availability, confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and non...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Undergraduate Certificate in IT Infrastructure Security

The undergraduate certificate in IT Infrastructure Security covers the design of secure networks, and teaches how to develop risk mitigation plans and perform intrusion detection in IT network env...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Doctor of Business Administration / Computer & Information Security

The Computer and Information Security specialization responds to the demand for computer security professionals trained in cyber-terrorism, computer forensics, and computer security. Improve your ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Doctor of Philosophy Business Administration / Computer & Information Security

The Computer and Information Security specialization responds to the demand for computer security professionals trained in cyber-terrorism, computer forensics, and computer security. Improve your ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    20
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

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