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Overview of Schools and IT vs Cyber Security
Information technology and cyber security do share some characteristics. However, the aim of each type of degree program is different. In IT, you create information systems to help an organization store and send data. With cyber security, you create software and tools that help you to protect the data stored on your organization’s servers, computers, or in the cloud.
An IT specialist is responsible for ensuring that data can be efficiently stored, shared, or made accessible to another party or company. This specialist also possesses analytical and critical thinking skills to determine a solution should a systems disruption stop the flow. A cyber security professional keeps company information and data secure from hacking or theft.
Is it Worth Getting a Degree in this Field?
Is earning a cyber security degree worth the effort? Definitely. Looking at it from a numbers perspective, consider that, in 2021, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cyber security positions. Another 380,000 reasons why this is a highly attractive field to enter: at the high end of the salary scale, a Chief Information Security Officer may potentially earn $380,000—this is more than a quarter of a million dollars!
By 2021, hackers will try to steal information 6 trillion times. Yes, that is a “t.” Hackers are trying to access government agencies, such as the FBI. They are also trying to access customer information from well-known companies like Target and Equifax.
Earning an advanced (master’s or doctoral) degree in cyber security widens your employment options. A good cyber security master’s program shows you how an organization is managed, and you’ll learn how executives make their decisions.
A few reasons to commit to a master’s degree in cyber security:
You’ll have job security.
Your salary will be about 9% higher than basic IT professionals.
The cyber security field is growing much faster than other job sectors.
Your career will more than pay for the costs of your education.
In a cyber security master’s program, you’ll learn about management and leadership.
Cyber security degree programs across the country strive for flexibility.
You can benefit from financial incentives, even as a student.
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