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Pursuing online courses in cyber security is a wise move and many colleges and universities can help facilitate your learning in an online program. No matter how you earn your degree, when you have completed your training and have a new credential to add to your resume, you may find work in the public and private sectors alike as those with solid computer security skills are in very high demand these days.

Since our vital information is increasingly held in computer databases, hackers and thieves have turned into computer geniuses seeking ways around firewall encrypted databases. They are sometimes stationed at remote locations, even other countries, so federal agencies must get involved to enforce cyber security and privacy laws. Cyber attacks are also malicious and even of a military nature. Imagine if an enemy were able to hack the databases military aircraft rely upon to navigate the globe. That could have dire consequences for the world.


If you are a technical-minded person who loves working with things like computer code, you may be a perfect candidate for cyber security training. Those who pursue this field are highly analytical, love computers, and have a passion for solving puzzles and problems. To repel or investigate cyber attacks, you will need a mind for extreme detail, high level math ability, and some aptitude or experience with one or more coding languages. Keep in mind that you will be looking for needles in haystacks that are often nothing but numbers.

To gain the training you need in cyber security, you can pursue an online course at a local or far-away college or university. You can even find some free introductory courses if you search around online. The free courses should be enough give you a good idea whether or not this is the field for you, or if the online format works in your circumstances.


When you research an online degree program there are many things to keep in mind. First, you will want to learn whether or not the course structure is workable with your schedule and lifestyle. Then, you will need to dig deeper into the curriculum to make sure that you will receive the best instruction possible. After all, you will be on the front lines of crimes that might possibly terrorism, so you'll need to be the best-qualified professional possible.

Many students choose online courses because they can easily schedule their work to fit in with their studies. They want to attend college while also working a regular job and possibly caring for the needs of their family. However, not every program is as flexible as you'd like. Some courses may require that you be present at particular times of the day or night for online chat room discussions or to attend an online lecture/seminar. While these may be easy to schedule with your boss, it is important to discuss these things prior to enrolling. If you are already working in IT and are trying to advance your training and knowledge, your boss may actually encourage your study of cyber security (or offer employer tuition assistance) and allow for your online coursework.


Once you've explored the overall issues of classroom procedure, dig deeper into the course offerings and faculty. One key term used in assessing cyber security training programs is interdisciplinary. Look for programs that combine computer science, engineering, and management. You might also check to see whether they train you to protect a network and anticipate criminal activities, or if you will be trained more as an investigator who will need to employ forensic means to amass and assess evidence for prosecution.

Some courses you might find in a cyber security program include, but are not limited to:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Network Architecture
  • Intro to Programming
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Cyber Security Policy
  • Database Design
  • Cryptology
  • SQL Database Coding

Interestingly, you might find that in order to study cyber security that you need to enroll in a business program. This goes to show how technology and business are now permanently entwined. You might also find training through the military or a program that trains Homeland Security professionals.


When you are fully trained, you might find yourself applying for jobs such as the following:

  • Cyber Security Officer
  • Cyber Security Operations Engineer
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Threat Analyst
  • Junior Security Analyst

Some of these jobs are with public agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency and others are with defense contractors, still others are with private companies such as GM Financial. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the market for cyber security professionals will be expanding much faster than the average growth for all other careers over at least the next decade. In fact, the BLS says job growth for information security analysts will grow 34.7% through 2031, which is much faster than the job growth average for all other careers combined.

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