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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

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Jim’s Answer

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.

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Miguel’s Answer

Hi Tatyanna,

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.
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Jim’s Answer

A computer science degree develops the knowledge and skills to design, develop and test computers. This is a great foundation to start if you want to be in the cyber security field. There are any number of jobs you could get from this degree to include an information security analyst.

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Chitra’s Answer

There is downfalls of majoring in Computer Science/Computer Technology if you want to end in a cyber security career. It actually in my opinion is the best track. You need to understand basics of technology and computers to be good at cyber security. Also application programming knowledge goes a long way in security, as it helps in ease of analysis, automation is in great demand.
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Joanne’s Answer

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.

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Jesse’s Answer

There is non it's a step in the right direction to your goal.

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Andrew’s Answer

Security is a subset/specialization of Computer Science and a CS degree with give you a foundational understanding of concepts needed to be a good security professional. There is no downside, in fact in the long run it might make you a better security professional by majoring in CS.
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Felipe’s Answer

If you want to be a good cybersecurity professional you must have your major, it will give you all the basics and also teach you what you need to be a professional in the industry, then you can start study CS certifications such as Isaca CSX and others that will give you the specific knowledge you require to work on CS field, I’m currently a peofessional in that field so I have walked that path and for sure will lead you to success, please let me know if you need any further info.
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