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Ways a Cybersecurity Degree Helps Keep America Safe

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the cybersecurity sector are projected to grow by 31% between 2019 and 2029. With job growth on the rise, now is a better time than ever to earn a Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Minor or Graduate Certificate in Information Technology or Emergency & Security Studies from Tulane SoPA.

The Importance of a Cybersecurity Degree

Hackers and cyberterrorists are the new pirates of the digital age. They use their skills to steal from and exploit governments, multimillion-dollar companies, and individuals. Cybersecurity experts are the last line of defense against these cyber terrorists. That is why it is so essential for companies to hire well-trained and versatile information technology and emergency & security experts to defend against cyber attacks and security breaches. The programs at Tulane SoPA help to train today the cybersecurity experts that will protect us tomorrow.

Studying Cybersecurity

At Tulane SoPA, you can expect to learn about a range of subjects while you study information technology or emergency & security studies.

Information technology courses

If you decide to study information technology at Tulane SoPA, you can expect courses on everything from database fundamentals to the key issues associated with protecting information assets. Tulane SoPA's information technology program aims to create well-rounded professionals by balancing our curriculum with problem-solving techniques and business acumen with practical solutions for IT problems. Some other information technology courses students can expect to take include:

  • Technology ethics
  • Automation & bot development
  • Cloud foundations
  • IT project management

Emergency & security studies courses

Tulane SoPA's Emergency & Security Studies Programs teaches students how to be cybersecurity professionals through various courses. Some courses students can expect to take include:

  • Health and medical issues in emergency management
  • Domestic and international terrorism
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Intelligence analysis

Tulane SoPA's flexible programs led by cybersecurity experts allow students to gain valuable knowledge at their own pace.

A Cybersecurity Degree's Role In Keeping American Safety

Some of the responsibilities cybersecurity professionals must take on to keep America safe include:

  • System vulnerability assessment
  • Development of threat prevention strategies
  • Respond to security threats and attacks
  • Protect information system assets

Through coursework and experience, Tulane SoPA prepares students to take on real-world cybersecurity issues that threaten our nation's security. SoPA offers master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, graduate certificates, and minors that are helping to prepare our country's next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Use Digital Forensics to Solve Crime

Cybersecurity professionals can use their skills in many ways to protect our country and solve crimes. A few of the ways cybersecurity experts use digital forensics to solve crimes include:

  • Analyzing computer storage devices
  • Attribute evidence to specific suspects
  • Confirm or deny statements
  • Authenticate documents
  • Analyzing digital copies of storage media

Keeps Computer Networks Safe

One of the reasons cyber defense professionals are in such high demand is their ability to protect computer networks. Information security analysts can use their specific range of skills to protect computer networks for businesses, individuals, and governments. They do this by installing protective software and watching for and responding to any potential attacks.

Protects Confidential Digital Data

Cyberwarfare has become a common tactic amongst the world's nations in the digital age. And as the number of cyber terrorists continues to grow, some individuals and businesses also feel they need someone to help protect their confidential data. Cybersecurity professionals use their varied skills to install firewalls and data encryption programs to protect their client's sensitive information.

Protects Against Hackers

To protect their clients against hackers, cybersecurity professionals create, test, and analyze systems, like firewalls and encryption programs that keep information out of the reach of hackers. They gain this knowledge through valuable coursework, like some of the coursework offered at Tulane SoPA. Cybersecurity experts make the world a safer place by keeping hackers at bay and not allowing them to access unauthorized systems, networks, and technologies.

Design Cybersecurity Systems

According to the National Cyber Security Centre in the United Kingdom, five principles are needed to construct a strong cybersecurity system. Those principles are:

  • Establishing the context before designing a system: To create a strong cybersecurity system, you must first identify any shortcomings in your original system.
  • Make compromise difficult: Cybersecurity professionals must create systems using techniques that make it difficult for cyber terrorists to infiltrate systems and comprise data.
  • Make disruption difficult: When someone hires a cybersecurity professional, they expect the technology they create to always be available and working. When someone relies on technology to protect valuable information, they expect the "downtime" percentage to be zero.
  • Make compromise detection easier: Being well-positioned to detect compromises is essential because even if you're taking every caution imaginable, there is still a chance your system could be breached. As an added layer of security, expert-level cybersecurity professionals take extra steps to make sure they can detect compromised systems.
  • Reduce the impact of compromise: When designing your cybersecurity system, you should create it in a way that naturally minimizes the severity of any breach.

All of these skills and more can be learned through programs at Tulane SoPA.


Is SoPA's cybersecurity program accredited?

Yes, Tulane SoPA's Emergency & Security Studies program is a member and participant in InfraGard, the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), the National Guards Homeland Security Institute, FEMA's Emergency Management Institute, and the Agency Partner Program (UAPP).

Who should consider a cybersecurity degree?

If you are interested in technology and homeland security, pursuing a cybersecurity degree could be the right choice for you. And even if you aren't interested in national security, every industry needs cybersecurity professionals, and the number of jobs in this field continues to grow each year.

Contact Tulane SoPA for More Info About Careers in Cybersecurity

No matter if you're interested in Tulane SoPA's Information Technology Programs or our Emergency & Security Studies Programs, we offer coursework in both that can prepare you for a career in cybersecurity. No matter your chosen career path in cybersecurity, the programs at Tulane SoPA will prepare you for a long and fruitful career in emergency management and cyber defense. Request info today to learn more about all the programs we offer.

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