Security Software Developer
Median salary: $110,140
Cyber attacks are intense, and the automated threat response may have only milliseconds to respond. Ensuring that systems are capable of fending off attacks is why security software developers are increasingly in demand. They are primarily responsible for designing security protections against viruses, malware and other threats. This involves incorporating threat-detecting protocols directly into the code of software applications.
This growing sector of the IT industry relies heavily on individuals who can strategically analyze threats in advance. They must also possess the knowledge to design the appropriate countermeasures that can be deployed during an attack.
Duties and responsibilities required for this position include:
- Analyze software to identify and resolve potential security issues
- Understand the threats posed to connected devices
- Anticipate threats to connected devices prior to release of software
- Perform testing and assessment to ensure results are as anticipated
- Integrate security protocols into existing software and applications
Median salary: $126,830
- Data visualization
- Intellectual curiosity
E-commerce. Social media. News and entertainment. No matter the online experience, it always leaves a digital footprint behind. Data scientists turn that treasure trove of information into actionable data that can be used for business strategy.
Their primary job is to analyze large sets of unstructured data to look for trends, create statistical models, find patterns and uncover key insights based on that information. This information is later used to create algorithms and data modeling to forecast human behavior.
The information gained can be used for:
- Predictive technology and AI
- Automated processes and decision-making (such as credit worthiness)
- Fraud detection and prevention
- Sales forecasts
Median salary: $103,590
- Code scripting
- Strategic thinking
A penetration tester proves that the best defense is a good offense. In this role, their primary function is to engage in simulated cyber attacks to test for security weaknesses and vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.
This position requires you to “think like a hacker,” with forensic and investigative skills that are critical toward deconstructing code and developing techniques that can bypass firewalls and other infrastructure.
Writing reports and communicating their findings in everyday language — often to C-suite members who are not familiar with technical language — is another aspect of the position.
As a penetration tester, you can apply your expertise to a variety of settings that include:
- In-house for a company or other organization
- Security firm
Information Systems Manager
Median salary: $151,150
A team of cyber security analysts and other IT professionals manage the integrity of system networks and important infrastructure. But running a team of talented individuals is often the responsibility of an information systems manager.
In this leadership position, their primary role is to design and establish a series of safeguards and protocols that monitor information systems, protect them from outside intrusion and ensure their maintenance through frequent upgrades.
These individuals most often work for larger organizations, where a data breach could lead to catastrophic losses — and thus have a higher need for information systems managers. Potential employers include:
- Government and military
- Financial institutions
- Hospitals and health care
- Not-for-profit organizations
Our program fits any career path.
Whether you’re ready for a career shift or a step up, you can take your skills to any industry when you specialize in cyber security.
“If any college student asked me what career would most assure 30 years of steady, well-paying employment, I would respond, ‘cyber security.’ ”
— Alec Ross, Author of The Industries of the Future
The United States has a shortage of qualified cyber security experts. But for professionals like you who are already in the industry, this is your opportunity to specialize your expertise and prepare to advance in your career.
Whether you’ve been in the cyber security industry for one year or a decade, you know the landscape is always evolving. The pressure is high for firms to hire quality talent who are prepared to lead the fight against cybercrime. That talent is you.
Transitioning from one career to another is a big decision, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be a tough one. Consider our online Master of Science in Cyber Security program and join a field with opportunities in every industry — from retail and finance to manufacturing and health care.
You don’t need to be an expert in technology, math or science. You don’t even need a background in cyber security. All you really need is the desire to impact your community and the degree to help you do it.