Your Future in Cybersecurity Starts Here

Discover your path to career success in one of IT's fastest-growing fields.
$120B
Industry
(Cybersecurity Ventures)
37%
Yearly Job Growth
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012-2022)
$100k
Average Salary
(2018 IT Skills and Salary Report, North America)
#2
Best Technology Job
(U.S. News & World Report 2018)

Cybersecurity Skills Are in Critical Demand

The demand for cybersecurity expertise is far outpacing supply. According to CyberSeek, there are over 350,000 open cybersecurity positions in the U.S. alone. The talent shortage is good news for job seekers and security-savvy professionals alike. With the right training, you can fill these critical roles that command the highest salaries and growth potential of any IT sector.

By 2022, there will be an estimated 1.8 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally.*

Top Industries for Cybersecurity Professionals

Curious as to where you can start or advance your cybersecurity career? Most recently, industries managing consumer data like finance, healthcare, and retail have had the greatest demand. But with a sharp rise in cyberattacks and widening skills gap, a cross-sector crisis is at hand. From government agencies to global banking institutions to small hospitals, nearly every industry needs cybersecurity experts who can keep crucial data and information safe.

The 2018 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study found that 48% of organizations plan to increase their cybersecurity staffing over the next 12 months.

Cybersecurity Jobs In-Demand for 2019

Cybersecurity Analyst

Cybersecurity analysts are the frontline of defense for digital assets and infrastructure. They monitor networks, analyze threats, and make recommendations that help create the framework for an organization's information security protocol.

Network Architect

Architects, often called engineers, are the minds behind the systems and procedures that protect digital information assets. They utilize a specialized skill set that includes knowledge of risk assessment, operating systems, and DDoS protection to design complex network-wide firewalls and security structures.

Cybersecurity Manager/Administrator

The point person for cybersecurity systems, administrators oversee the strategy for improving and maintaining security. This senior role sets the standard for policies companywide, spearheads investigation in the event of a breach, and leads the team that analyzes, audits, and creates security infrastructure.

Penetration tester

Penetration testers locate vulnerabilities in computer systems, networks, and applications and exploit them in the same manner of a hacker. More narrowly focused than ethical hackers, they simulate cyberattacks to identify weaknesses and make suggestions for improving security infrastructure.

IT Auditor

This specialized role evaluates an organization's information systems, security structures, and technologies operations. They identify points of weaknesses, prepare reports on their findings, and make recommendations for implementing effective cybersecurity strategies.

Cybersecurity Career Paths and Skills Needed

In a young and rapidly-evolving discipline like cybersecurity, there are few formal career paths. Cybersecurity experts come from a wide range of backgrounds and no two stories are the same. An (ISC)2 survey found that 87% of cybersecurity professionals didn't start out in cybersecurity.** Depending on your experience and interests, there are numerous routes to take to build a successful and rewarding career. Below are some common roles and frequently required certifications for each career level. Understanding jobs and relevant qualifications will help you build your career roadmap.

Cybersecurity Career Levels and Certifications
 

Validate Your Skills with Certifications

In the world of InfoSec, certifications matter. They verify your credibility and prove to hiring managers that you have the knowledge and skills to do the job. Many IT security roles, especially in the public sector, require a certification to apply. If you're already working in cybersecurity, getting certified keeps your skill set relevant and demonstrates your commitment to the field. In a 2018 survey of cybersecurity professionals, 86% of respondents said they are currently pursuing certifications or plan to in the future.*** Whether you're starting or elevating your cybersecurity career, certifications are building blocks to better job prospects and higher earning potential.

Why Get Certified?

83% of cybersecurity job postings in 2017 required at least one certification.
(Source: ISACA)

9 out of 10 employers agree that certifications are a critical factor in hiring decisions.
(Source: CompTIA)

Certified IT staff earn 22% more than their non-certified peers.
(Source: 2018 IT Skills and Salary Report)

Online Certification Training

Tomorrow's cyberspace defenders are training today.

Preparing for certification in an online exam prep course is the first step to some of today's most sought-after credentials from CompTIA, EC-Council, (ISC)², ISACA, Cisco, and more. Delivered in partnership with leading universities, our courses map to the certification exam objectives and align with the information assurance workforce standards set by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Why train with us?

  • Flexible online courses perfect for busy professionals
  • Certification training for every career level
  • Curriculum created by subject matter experts
  • Hands-on experience through virtualized lab environments
  • Personalized support from your instructor and student advisor

How Do I Get Started?

1. Choose a University
We partner with top-tier universities located in the nation's largest cybersecurity hubs to deliver in-demand online courses.
2. Enroll in Your Course
Prepare for certification at your own pace, on your own schedule with expert-developed curriculum.
3. Pass Your Certification Exam
Wherever you are in your career, our courses will help you gain the credentials needed for your next step.

Learn More About Our Partners

George Mason University
3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 2G2
Arlington, VA 22201 US
University of Georgia
1197 So. Lumpkin St., Suite 192
Athens, GA 30602-3603

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Expert Insights

Stay up to date on the latest cybersecurity news, industry trends and career insights from leaders in the field.

Expert Spotlight: Rob Arnold

Where is the cybersecurity job market heading? Rob Arnold, founder and CEO of Threat Sketch, weighs in on the skills and certifications needed for starting or pivoting your career to cybersecurity risk management.

Podcasts Every Cybersecurity Professional Should Listen To

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I start a course?
To enroll in our online certification prep courses, first select one of our university partners to enroll through and then choose the course that best fits your career path. If you do not see the certification you wish to prepare for, our enrollment representatives are available to help. Simply fill out the contact form, call us at (833) 283-4913, or start a live chat for immediate assistance.
Can international students register?
Yes, our courses are completely online. However, not all certifying bodies or certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations and industry-specific requirements prior to enrolling in one of our courses.
When can I start this course?
Our courses are open enrollment, so you can register and begin at your convenience. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete a course?
Depending on the course, you will have 6-12 months to complete after you register. The time allotted for completion is calculated based on several factors, including course hours, content, and objectives.
What if I do not complete a course within the time frame provided?
If you are unable to complete the course, we can help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer your questions and to provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts.
What happens when I complete a course?
Upon successfully passing the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school that you registered through. In some cases, you will receive a prepaid voucher to take the certification exam you prepared for.
Can I get financial assistance?
Our courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. To determine your financing options, please contact us by phone at (833) 283-4913, or start a live chat for immediate assistance.
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