Information Security

What is Information Security?  Information security careers often excite people’s imaginations and hold a Hollywood-esque glamor.  This type of career requires protecting one of the most valuable assets of an organization – its information.  Individuals in information security are responsible for detecting flaws or vulnerabilities in an organization’s electronic information system and developing appropriate solutions and countermeasures.  Some specialties require identifying who is responsible for breaching a system, or recovering deleted or encrypted data from a hard drive.  Information security specialists spend most of their time working at a computer in a field that encompasses a variety of industries and organizations.

Job Opportunities

Risks to an organization’s sensitive information are countless, from unhappy employees and hackers to natural disasters and malware.  Because of the technical skills needed to address these never-ending threats, as well as increasingly stricter regulations, information security careers are likely to have a large increase in job growth and security.  The technical knowledge gained from a Certificate or Associate Degree in Information Systems Security will assist you in gaining an entry-level position in this field.  A Bachelor Degree is the minimum requirement for many information security positions in larger organizations.  Earning various professional certifications in information security is also recommended to give yourself more technical skills and make yourself more marketable to employers.

Necessary Skills

Because IT is constantly changing, as a successful information security professional  you must be proactive, both in learning new skills and in developing defenses and countermeasures to threats.  You must also be able to communicate effectively to people who are not familiar with technical terms.  This means you need to ask the right questions to understand their business needs, and you need to be able to explain how your recommendations will meet those business needs.   Many organizations will require that you have hands-on experience.  One way to get this experience is to work in a related IT field (such as network administration) before continuing on to become an information security professional.  The ability to market yourself is also beneficial, particularly if you are interested in starting a security consulting business.

Pathways to Completion

Check out the degree and certificate options below. Get an idea of what major-related courses you'd need to take each semester to graduate in two years. Meet with a counselor or chat with your professor to find out what the best option is for you.

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