Online Cyber Security Schools

You may want to consider enrolling in an online program in cyber security, more commonly referred to as network and information security. Read on to learn more about possible courses and programs in this field. See what you'll study and what your career prospects are. Schools offering Computer Forensics degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Online network security programs are available at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels. If you've already earned a bachelor's degree in a related field, like information science, you could also pursue a graduate certificate in network security online. Some institutions offer standalone online courses in network security as well.

Degrees Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in network security
Online Certificate and full degree programs are available online
Courses Cryptography, cyber law and terrorism, computer forensics, loss prevention, network infrastructure, cloud computing
Schools Look for programs that offer certification preparation; students should also make sure an online program is open to residents in their respective states

What Will I Study?

Online programs in this field teach you to configure and manage the security hardware and software of information technology systems. Courses and programs may address network security design and typical network threats. Data authentification and disaster recovery are also covered. Cyber security may also be offered as a concentration within broader online criminal justice degree programs.

Topics often covered in online courses for network and information security include:

  • Computer forensics
  • Cyber law
  • Cryptography
  • Network infrastructure
  • Cyber terrorism
  • Data mining
  • Cloud computing
  • Mobile networks

How Do I Choose a School?

Some online programs may not be available to residents in your state, so you'll need to check out any requirements or restrictions before considering enrollment at a particular school. You might consider attending a program that prepares you for certification through organizations like Microsoft, Cisco or CompTIA; according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers in this industry may prefer applicants who are certified (www.bls.gov).

Some schools that offer online programs in cybersecurity include:

  • Penn State
  • ECPI University
  • University of the Potomac
  • Western Governors University
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Louisville

What Jobs Will I Qualify For?

In most cases, earning an associate's or bachelor's degree is a qualification for entry-level positions, although BLS says the latter is generally preferred for network administrators and security specialists. An associate's program in network security may lead to work as a help desk or systems security technician. A bachelor's program in network security may prepare you for work as a network administrator or network security analyst. Earning a master's degree in this field could prepare you for a computer security management position.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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