The field of information security is growing, and employers are in need of professionals with applicable skills and knowledge. In fact, the number of information security professionals is projected to grow more than 11 percent annually between 2013 and 2018.*
Demonstrating our commitment to providing high-quality education in professionally relevant fields, Walden University has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense through the year 2019.
This designation means that our programs meet the NSA and the DHS standards of quality and relevance in the information assurance (IA) and cyber defense (CD) disciplines. Our programs’ stringent academic criteria reaffirm our commitment to excellence in the fields of IA and CD education.
As a student in one of our information security programs, you will:
- Attend a university that is nationally recognized as being committed to academic excellence in cyber security education.
- Prepare for careers in IA and CD in government, education, and private sectors.
- Acquire eligibility to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. These may cover your full tuition in one of our programs.
- Gain skills to become a cyber expert, reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure, and help to protect national security information systems, commercial networks, and critical information.
- Be eligible to participate in the NSA DAY OF CYBER, which is an interactive, self-guided and fully automated cybersecurity career experience and is free for all students for one year. Students can learn more about careers and roles of cyber security professionals, see what “a day in the life” is like for six NSA Cyber leaders, create a cyber-security resume, and apply for internships and careers.
Our fully online information assurance and security programs are available at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels:
*International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, 2013 Global Information Security Workforce Study, on the Internet at https://www.isc2cares.org/uploadedFiles/wwwisc2caresorg/Content/2013-ISC2-Global-Information-Security-Workforce-Study.pdf (viewed online May 5, 2015).