Data is gold.

Both to your company and to criminals. So, how can companies protect their information from cyberattacks that exploit their weaknesses and overload the system? Cybersecurity professionals are key to keeping businesses’ information and data secure. Wherever you find classified or private data, cybersecurity professionals can find opportunity to apply their expertise, whether it’s in government, financial services, media, tech companies, or health care.

Today, hackers and nation-states are able to expose encrypted data. What we once thought of as secure communication is vulnerable to cyberattacks. Information security has become a top priority of the National Security Agency (NSA).

Our government needs cybersecurity professionals for defense against cyber threats. The NSA recruits top talent to protect U.S. government information systems. Cyber professionals at the NSA do everything from designing special-purpose computers to creating pattern-recognition technologies.

The NSA has also partnered with universities across the U.S. to include cyber operations in core curriculum. Capella University has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense since 2007. Cybersecurity is a key component of the graduate certificates (which can be applied toward a degree), doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in information assurance and cybersecurity programs.

Students learn how to:

  • Explore investigation methods
  • Identify and prevent malware
  • Apply forensic methods
  • Understand data storing
  • Use reverse engineering tactics
  • Discover mobile forensic methods

Some careers for information security professionals in the private and government sector:

  • Security architect
  • Information security analyst
  • Network or systems engineer
  • Adjunct or part-time information security faculty

The field of information security is an opportunity waiting for you.

If you’re ready to expand your career options, read more about a Capella Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity to help you get on the right path.