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Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Analytics

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Fall 2024 Semester Starts, August 26.

Application Deadline Date: July 20, 2024

Transcript Deadline Date: July 28, 2024

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SEE YOURSELF IN CYBERSECURITY?

Join us for a virtual Zoom information session to learn more about our Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Analytics (MSCA) online program at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB). Our faculty and admissions team will provide an overview of the program, its curriculum, and unique features. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the program virtually.

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For additional admission information, contact the MSCA student advisor: 
Jessica Peraza

Overview

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Analytics (MSCA) is designed for real-world applied experience that combines cybersecurity and data analytics skills. The MSCA Program is structured in 9 courses to be completed in 18 months. This program is designed for graduate students seeking to strategically manage risk through identification, assessment, and mitigation; identify security issues on all levels of organizations and the globe, along with law and compliance; use data analytics to understand threats, situational awareness, and strategic cybersecurity environments; employ data analytics techniques to detect anomalies, to predict and screen cyber threats, and to take corrective actions; and learn penetration testing, incident handling, and data and network protection.

Why Apply?

We work in a digital society where most data is stored electronically. This reality leads to an increase in accessible data and an increase in cyber threats. With this shift, cybersecurity has become one of the fastest-growing industries within the information technology space for government agencies. The Office of the Chief Information Officer is at the forefront of cybersecurity solutions for the U.S. Department of Labor and is constantly seeking the brightest talent to protect the data of America’s workers.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Analytics program is innovative in that it recognizes the real-world reality of the need for experts in both cybersecurity and analytics. Across the nation, employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fill the significant gaps in the cybersecurity workforce. In California alone, there are more than 72,000 job openings. The national figures are even bleaker, with over 500,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions. The number is significantly increasing.

Upon completing this program, graduates will be job-ready and prepared to create value for their organization after taking analytical and cybersecurity courses and a practicum/capstone course designed to reinforce learning and practice skills.

A rapidly growing industry

The cybersecurity field is booming. As of August 2022, there were over 700,000 open cybersecurity roles in the United States, and, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, jobs for information security analysts are expected to grow 32% from 2022 to 2032. Cyber talent is in demand.

Setting yourself apart

If you intend to join the cybersecurity industry of the future, there are a few ways you can set yourself apart.

Any candidate looking to stand out can invest in new skill sets. Penetration testing, also known as pen testing or ethical hacking, and application development security are both in high demand. Additionally, candidates searching for a career in cybersecurity should prioritize training and certification programs. Training and certifications like CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) can help candidates validate and develop cybersecurity skills to align their skills with positions.

Cybersecurity is undoubtedly one of the fastest-growing industries. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career path where you are protecting your community, people you care about, and the American public, this is the industry for you. Now is a great time to see yourself in cyber and find an opportunity to make an impact.

Need help with your Cal State Apply application? Have questions about the program?

Come to a virtual application workshop, where we'll walk through CSU Apply and answer program questions along the way. Join the workshop to get tips on the application process and to ask your specific questions in an informative group format. 

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Is Cybersecurity a GOOD Career?

The overall cost of cybercrime is expected to reach more than $10 trillion over the next two years, according to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures. That’s why the future of cybersecurity is looking bright for job seekers in the tech industry. In fact, cybersecurity job growth is expected to increase by 35% over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In fact, there’s a major shortage of cybersecurity professionals around the world, with more than 700,000 unfilled positions in the United States alone. In addition to job security, careers in cybersecurity offer excellent pay and the flexibility to work remotely.

Additional benefits of working in cybersecurity careers include:

Plenty of opportunities for advancement.

  • The ability to work anywhere in the world.
  • The opportunity to work with constantly evolving technology.
  • Excellent work-life balance.
  • The option to become self-employed.

What are the most common Cybersecurity career paths?

What Are the Most Common Cybersecurity Career Paths?
ENTRY-LEVEL MID-LEVEL SENIOR-LEVEL
Security Specialist Security Auditor Security Manager
Security Administrator Security Engineer Security Director
Vulnerability Assessor Information Security Analyst Chief Information Security Officer (CISO
Incident Reporter Penetration Tester Deputy CISO
Security Consultant Incident Responder  
Security Analyst Information Assurance Engineer  
Ethical Hacker Cybersecurity Forensic Investigator  
Cryptographer    

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing throughout the state, the nation, and the globe.

U.S. News and World Report stated that the information security profession is growing at a rate of 36.5% through 2022 (link). The U.S. Department of Labor projected information security profession would be one of the top ten fastest-growing occupations, with a growth rate of 35.5%, from 2018-2028 (link). Across the globe (based on industry consensus) there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, according to Cyber Security Ventures (link), and employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fill the major gaps in the cybersecurity workforce.

The U.S. has a total employed cybersecurity workforce consisting of nearly 1 million people, and there are currently almost 500,000 unfilled positions. In California alone, there are more than 72,000 job openings, with almost 1,600 openings in San Bernardino County (figures from CyberSeek’s Cybersecurity Supply And Demand Heat Map). Percentages of filled (relative to unfilled) cybersecurity positions show the huge gaps that exist as employers search for qualified cyber talent. The cybersecurity unemployment rate was at zero percent in 2019, where it has been since 2011.

Opportunities

Salary and growth projections regarding a few of the jobs in Cybersecurity and Analytics
Job Title Average Salary (2024) Top Skill Requested Total Job Openings (2024)
Cybersecurity Analyst $112,163 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 26,958
IT Auditor $98,058 Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) 8,369
Cybersecurity Manager/Administrator $160,294 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 20,649
Penetration and Vulnerability Tester $126,920 GIAC Certifications, Offensive Security Certified Professional 4,806

Source: Cyberseek’s Career Pathway Map (link)