What are the downfalls of majoring in Computer Science/Computer Technology if you ultimately want to work in the cyber security field?
I am interested in pursuing a career in cyber security, but some schools I am interested in do not offer cyber security as a major. #computer-science #information-technology #cyber-security
The issues I would focus on would be getting too specific in your training in CS/CT (e.g. specific programming language) or the timeframe of a specific topic isn't as broad as what you would be exposed to in the private sector, cyber security world. For example, you only get exposure to Unix or Windows or Mac, but no exposure to Mainframes. Cyber Security has a very broad set of domains and technology elements and you should research which ones you are most passionate about. Make sure your CS/CT classes cover a wide variety of technology and eras.
I don't foresee any downfalls pursuing a CS degree. You would still be able to transition into the cyber security field. The CS degree may be a bit developer heavy so that is something to note. Unless your scripting we don't use programming languages often. A CISSP certification would be beneficial after 2 years of experience to establish a foundational knowledge base.
I agree with Jesse
A computer science degree provides a nice foundation. Within the degree, there are probably electives or even a 'track path' that will lead you to cyber security.
It's a win-win.
There is non it's a step in the right direction to your goal.