Which Online Unitveristy for Cyber should I choose ?
I have decided to get a bachelor's into Cybersecuirty, but I've been confusing with three (3) online universities which one of them has strong curriculum for Cyber, so I listed links of the three universities hereunder and I am looking for expertise or for anyone who has IT background to do quick review and advise me which one shall I choose
** If anyone has a suggestion or advice for other university better than my list, enlighten me plz""
1- Champlain College
2- Kennesaw state University
3- Southern New Hampshire University
Thanks for asking this question. I would actually recommend getting a computer science degree as you don't pidgin hole your self down the road. For example lets say 3 years after you graduate you may want to go into development or be a database analyst with that degree you have the option of doing different things as you have the foundation skills that you learned during college.
If during your junior year if you still would want to get in to cyber security I would look at either getting a cyber security certificate from SANS (sans.org) or consider getting your masters from one of the following graduate institutions.
- Boston University - https://www.bu.edu/met/programs/graduate/computer-information-systems/
- Northeastern - https://www.khoury.northeastern.edu/program/cybersecurity-ms/
- Johns Hopkins - https://ep.jhu.edu/programs-and-courses/programs/cybersecurity
An advantage to doing it this way is that you could work full time and then be a part time student. Most companies, not all, have a tuition reimbursement program.
Hope this helps.
Brendan recommends the following next steps:
I'll use my own experience as an example - I got a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then graduated and got started in cyber, because I thought it was super cool to learn how to hack, break, and rebuild systems. When I got started I realized I needed a deep knowledge of IT (things like windows machines, linux boxes, scripting, tooling, open source, etc etc) in order to really understand how to break the thing, you have to know how the thing works.
It lead me into a field that I honestly wasn't expecting within cybersecurity - Product management - My engineering degree serves me well and taught me critical thinking, solving problems nobody has seen before in novel ways, and thinking pragmatically at different deep vs high levels about a problem before diving in researching options, solutions, and expertise folks need.
From the folks I work with day-in and day-out that are in this field - It's great to get a CS degree or a business IT degree - take certs that are applicable to what you like and what you want to do, and then navigate as your career develops into what you like.
Dennis recommends the following next steps:
I am going to Western Governors University online since the certifications are included with tuition. You can also complete a class as fast or take your time with it so you are in control of your graduation date also. Tuition is affordable also. Worth checking into.