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Cybersecurity and Operations

Offered: On campus

Consider a cybersecurity and operation profession
Our cybersecurity and operation major is intended to equip you with the knowledge and skills to defend computer operating systems, networks, and data from cyberattacks. You will be taught by faculty and experts using both theoretical and hands-on approaches to prepare you for high demand jobs.

Why is this an important major in today’s world?
Cybersecurity is important because it encompasses everything that pertains to protecting our sensitive data, personally identifiable information, protected health information, intellectual property, and governmental and industry information systems from theft and damage attempted by criminals and adversaries.

Cybersecurity risk is increasing, driven by global connectivity and usage of cloud services to store sensitive data and personal information. Improperly configured cloud services and devices paired with increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals means the risk that organizations suffer from cyberattack or data breach is on the rise.

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Jobs in cybersecurity and operations
As a professional in the field, you will have a multitude of choices in specialization and career options. Small and large companies require qualified candidates in key security areas like architecture, testing, and development. Some of the cybersecurity positions available on the job market include:

  • Security architect
  • Penetration tester (or ethical hacker)
  • Cryptography
  • Security engineer
  • Security auditor (or forensic expert)
  • Incident responder
  • Vulnerability assessor
  • Security software developer
  • Security code auditor
  • and many more

Learn with us
Exciting topics you will learn as your pursue your degree in cybersecurity and operations include:

  • Malware analysis
  • Ethical hacking
  • Defensive network security
  • Vulnerability analysis
  • Mobile and wireless security
  • Applied cryptography
Employment outlook
Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021, up from 1 million in 2014. The cybersecurity unemployment rate dropped to zero percent in 2016 and has remained there ever since. The average starting salary for cybersecurity positions is $75,000.
 

Program options (Catalog Links)

  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Operations *coming soon to the 2020-2021 catalog
  • Cybersecurity and Operations Minor *coming soon to the 2020-2021 catalog

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Accreditation
Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.