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What kind of jobs can one pursue with a degree in cybersecurity, and would a computer science degree open more doors?

My main goal in college is to achieve a master's degree in cybersecurity, however, I'm not sure if computer science would have a broader spectrum of career paths. #computer-science #computer #cyber-security #computer-security #cyber-defense

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Joanne’s Answer

A computer science degree is a nice background for cybersecurity.


At some point while pursuing the compsci major, you could probably fill your electives with cybersecurity.


There are also a lot of cybersecurity professional certifications that should be considered. If you can find a college that can provide courses and still prep you for those exams, that's a win-win.


Here's a real nice read about cybersecurity, job forecasts, and certifiications


https://www.sans.org/reading-room/whitepapers/analyst/cybersecurity-professional-trends-survey-34615

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Adam’s Answer

Ryan,

Starting with a Computer Science degree will allow you to add cybersecurity training and certifications on top. It is a strong foundation on which to build a technical career. There are so many ways you can go with your specialization and career path when you start with a CS degree.

You don't mention what your Bachelor's degree is in. If you already have a Bachelor's in CS, and you are interested in entering the Cybersecurity field, then a Masters in Cybersecurity is a perfect mix. On the other hand a Bachelor's and a Master's in Computer Science is taking you down the path of a developer, programmer, or DBA in my opinion.
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Brian’s Answer

there are a wide range of job opportunities for an individual with a C.S. degree in the area of cyber security. I would categorize those opportunities in the following manner.
1) organizations which consume security products and services
2) organizations which create security products and services
are you asking for specific job roles within the respective organizations ?

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Daniel’s Answer

Yup a general cs degree is going to have more opportunities. Additionally, it'll tend to be a more respected degree, simply because there are not a lot of established degrees specifically for cyber security.


What you are likely really gunning for is CS with an emphasis in taking as many security and crypto courses as possible.

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Cami’s Answer

A computer science degree would not necessarily open more doors, but different doors. A CS degree would allow you to pursue jobs in software engineering, potentially for security products but if you really want a true cyber position I recommend a degree in information assurance, cyber security, security engineering, cybersecurity management.

As far as the types of jobs in the cyber industry, I recommend googling this. There are many jobs, you can read descriptions.
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