Prepare for a Degree in Cyber Security

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Are you starting a cyber security degree program, but worried you don’t have enough knowledge about computers and networking? Even if you’re a novice at computers, there is no required preparation for a degree in cyber and network security. You’ll learn all the necessary skills in your program for a cyber security career.

However, if you want to get a jump start, there are ways you can prepare for your degree.

1. Build a Foundation of Computer Skills 

Imagine trying to speak a new language without a proper grasp of vocabulary or grammar. The same is true for information technology, which has its own special language and framework. 

While you’ll learn everything you need to know in your program, having a foundation of computer terms and skills will make the experience smoother. Simply knowing the names of different operating systems or some basic coding language can make all the difference. It’s also a good idea to brush up on your typing skills and practice your WPM speed. 

2. Learn the Basics

Give yourself a primer on common cyber security terms by studying common vocabulary used in the field, such as:

  • Firewall
  • Malware
  • Ransomware
  • Trojan horse
  • Spyware
  • Rootkit
  • Phishing
  • Exploit
  • White hat vs black hat

You can also study the differences between international certifications, such as the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (ISC2 SSCP) exam, the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exam, and the CompTIA A+ exam. 

3. Study Different Industries

Almost every industry needs cyber and network security professionals. That means the door is wide open for career opportunities—you just need to explore and decide which industry appeals to you the most. Take some time to review industries, the projected job growth and the average salary for each. 

Some industries that need cyber security are:

  • Healthcare
  • Financial services and banking
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail and small businesses
  • Government and military
  • Education
  • Energy and utilities
  • Marketing and media

4. Decide Your Goals

Take some time to reflect on your professional goals before starting your cyber security program. What are your career advancement aspirations? What salary range are you hoping to achieve? Do you have a specific location or industry you want to work in, or are you open to remote work in any industry?

Setting tentative objectives will inform your certification decisions and help you decide the level of credentials you wish to achieve. It will also give direction to your meetings with the program’s career services.

Learn About Online Cyber and Network Security Programs at Cambridge

Streamline your path toward a cyber security career with Cambridge. Our online programs include job placement and preparation for certification exams. Our helpful advisors will guide you toward the best program based on your individual needs. Call us today at 877-206-4279 or send us a message.

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