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MS in Cybersecurity: Entry-, Mid-, and Advanced-Level Jobs in Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing fields today, expected to expand by 35% between 2021 and 2031.1
One of the many industries brought into the limelight during the COVID-19 pandemic was cybersecurity. As businesses and educational institutions frantically converted to an online environment, cybersecurity became even more vital. However, talent gaps still exist in the field, creating a high demand for trained cybersecurity professionals.2
If you’re interested in computer science and information security, you might be the perfect candidate for a cybersecurity career. Here’s a look at some of the roles available for entry-level, mid-career, or advanced practitioners:
This entry-level position requires skills related to information assurance, network security, Linux, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework. As a cybersecurity specialist, you might operate and maintain customer service and technical support channels, manage data and network services, and lead vulnerability assessments on the network to help guard against attacks. The average salary for a cybersecurity specialist is $106,810.3
Also an entry-level position that typically requires a bachelor’s degree, the cybercrime analyst’s role centers around the investigation of cybercrimes—a discipline also referred to as digital forensics. As a cybercrime analyst, you’ll spend time sifting through data evidence surrounding cyberattacks to extract insights about network vulnerabilities and to track perpetrators. Top skills requested for this role include Linux, information security training, and familiarity with consumer electronics and hard drives. The average salary for a cybercrime analyst is $100,000.3
Penetration and Vulnerability Tester
Penetration and vulnerability testers pose as hackers to test the strength of a network’s security. They analyze any vulnerabilities they find, create threat analysis reports for company leaders, and brainstorm solutions that can enhance cybersecurity. This role is considered mid-level, with 23% of advertised positions requiring a graduate degree.3 As a penetration and vulnerability tester, you might need additional skill with computing languages and software, such as familiarity with Python and Java. The average salary for this role is $101,662.3
An advanced role, the cybersecurity architect works to securely provision the network, designing system architecture that maximizes security and minimizes potential attack surfaces. As a cybersecurity architect, you’ll act as the network manager, overseeing projects around software development, testing and evaluation, technology research and development, and risk management. Cybersecurity architects typically need a well-rounded collection of computer science skills, including cryptography, authentication, and knowledge of NIST cybersecurity framework. The average salary for this role is $163,121.3
Interested in a Cybersecurity Career?
There’s never been a better time to pursue a career in the field of cybersecurity. While some roles are available to applicants with bachelor’s degrees, earning a specialized MS in Cybersecurity degree can give you a competitive edge—or help you advance more quickly if you’ve already started your career. As a student in a master’s program, you’ll focus on cybersecurity technology and its practical application in the context of business information and real-world problems. Walden University’s online MS in Cybersecurity program offers the flexibility to take courses while you continue to work in the field. You will learn from practiced professionals and encounter authentic cyberthreat simulations that will not only develop and test your skills, but provide you with knowledge that can be immediately applied in your current cybersecurity job.
Walden University offers an online MS in Cybersecurity degree. Expand your career options and earn your degree using a convenient, flexible learning platform that fits your busy life.
Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.
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