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Career Corner: Fast Facts About a Career in Cybersecurity

Considering a career in cybersecurity? Here’s what you should know about this lucrative and exciting field.

When you picture a “cybersecurity expert,” you may envision the Hollywood version: a person typing away in a white van or surrounded by computers in a control room. 

In reality, cybersecurity is not a career path that exists solely on the big screen. As more of our professional world becomes digitized, cybersecurity experts are the key to ensuring that the data businesses, organizations, and governments share stays private and uncompromised. 

Cybersecurity is a career path growing in both need and popularity. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were over 700,000 open roles in cybersecurity as of August 2022. Jobs for information analysts are expected to jump 32 percent from 2022 to 2032, a clear indication the field is on the rise. According to staffing agency Mondo, the average salary for a cybersecurity analyst in the U.S. can be anywhere from $102,000 to $208,000.

What can you do with a degree in cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is a diverse field with a wide range of roles. Virtually every organization– from hospitals to universities– has data they need to protect, which means the need for cybersecurity analysts exists in every sector. Below are just a few examples of what a role in cybersecurity can look like for you:

  • Computer forensic analysts evaluate technology to recover data. They often aid in gathering information that police can use during criminal investigations, mainly focused on cybercrime.
  • Security consultants are professionals who inform businesses on how they can upgrade their security protocols. They develop strategies for making businesses keep their data more secure.  
  • Security specialists are those in charge of monitoring a company’s potential breaches. They address cyberattacks in real time and edit security measures to prevent attacks in the future.

Beyond these roles, cybersecurity can also venture into related fields such as:

  • Information Security
  • Network Setup
  • Core Database, Coding and Scripting
  • Auditing
  • Network Protocols
  • Systems Administration
  • Health Care 
  • Finance and Accounting

Is Cybersecurity right for you?

Being a cybersecurity professional may be the right field for you if you’re passionate about technology, but are more interested in the privacy side, and don’t see yourself studying in a program such as software engineering or computer science. 

For those with an interest in compliance, national security, or data protection, cybersecurity is a career path that can provide both personal and professional fulfillment. A career in cybersecurity means that you’ll play a vital role in whatever business or organization you become a part of, and can rest assured in knowing that you’re keeping your coworkers’ work safe and secure. 

At Syracuse University, our Bachelor of Professional Studies program in Cybersecurity Administration provides essential skills for managing the people and technologies that protect information, information systems, and infrastructures. The 120-credit program gives students an understanding of network setup, database coding, and systems administration. It’s also 100 percent online, has six start dates, and is accommodating to part-time students.

A B.P.S. degree is different from a normal degree in that it’s more career-oriented, meaning the program is hyper focused on providing you with the necessary skills for your intended profession. If a full degree isn’t the right choice for you at this time, Syracuse University also offers a 15-credit Cybersecurity Certificate. 

Ready to learn how you can start your journey in this exciting field? Read more about our programs here, and see how you can get started in cybersecurity today.

By Isabel Bekele 

Syracuse University Ranks No. 1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs of Private Universities

Syracuse University continues to rank as one of the top private universities in the nation for online undergraduate education, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2024 Best Online Programs rankings.

Syracuse University’s AACSB-accredited business management degree, a partnership between the College of Professional Studies and the Whitman School of Management, ranked No. 1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs of private universities, while Syracuse University additionally ranked No. 3 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans of private universities and No. 5 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs of private universities.

“This recognition as a top 5 private university for online undergraduate education is not achieved without an unwavering commitment to exceedingly high-quality course designs, rigorous curricula and learning, and a differentiated level of superior student support,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “This recognition is also notable as this is only our fourth year participating in the rankings, illustrating our excellence among our peer institutions and our distinction among private universities.”

The College of Professional Studies currently offers 12 Syracuse University online undergraduate degrees, eight online undergraduate credit certificates, as well as a master of professional studies and a certificate of advanced study in project management.

With high-touch admissions, advising, and financial aid counseling, the College of Professional Studies continuously prioritizes student success. The holistic treatment of the online student experience expands the definition of what it means to be an online learner, and the thoughtful design of the online programs provides access to a Syracuse University credential for those who otherwise could not earn one on campus.

The University’s No. 3 ranking as the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans of private universities is a recognition of Syracuse University’s commitment to being the best school for veterans, active military, and military-connected students. Syracuse is the only R1 private university in the Northeast that offers online and residential part-time undergraduate study to active-duty military, National Guard, and reservists at their respective tuition assistance (TA) rates beyond the member’s annual benefit. Active-duty and reserve students pay no more than the current DoD TA rate after they expend their annual TA allotment.

“Ranking No. 3 in the Best Veterans programs of private universities is a demonstration of our dedication to the superior support we have established for veterans and military-connected students,” Frasciello says.  

To learn more about continuing online education, visit professionalstudies.syracuse.edu.


About the College of Professional Studies

The College of Professional Studies is a global, inclusive and future-facing college, providing access to diverse students and learners seeking a Syracuse University degree, credential, certificate, or education experience.

Austin Zwick Co-authors Article Examining the Smart City Generational Model

Austin Zwick, assistant teaching professor and program director of the B.P.S. in Policy Studies program at the College of Professional Studies at Syracuse University, co-authored the paper “Examining the Smart City Generational Model: Conceptualizations, Implementations, and Infrastructure Canada’s Smart City Challenge” with Zachary Spicer, an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University. The article was published in the Urban Affairs Review.

Abstract:

Cohen’s Smart City Generational model has been the basis of understanding for the evolution of the Smart Cities movement. However, how does this model align with practitioners’ conceptualization of the term? Our research focuses on Infrastructure Canada’s Smart City Challenge (SCC). Through 14 primary interviews and 20 finalist applications, this research reveals that practitioners overwhelmingly understand Smart City building as a government-driven, data-centric endeavor (Smart City 2.0), as opposed to being about vendor transactions (Smart City 1.0), resident engagement (Smart City 3.0), or community co-creation (Smart City 4.0), where the specific technology is of secondary importance to project objectives. We conclude that, rather than moving through distinct generations, the smart cities movement should be understood as a gradual process of municipal public administration modernization as local governments are becoming increasingly savvy and experienced about contracting with technology firms to address urban problems.

How the Center for Online and Digital Learning is Redefining Online Education

The Center for Online and Digital Learning at Syracuse University celebrated a new chapter of innovative online education at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 9.

Founded in 2017 as a signature One University initiative within the College of Professional Studies, the Center for Online and Digital Learning is the unit that develops Syracuse University’s world-class online programs and meets “the needs of students seeking a Syracuse University education from anywhere in the world.” The Center for Online and Digital Learning has moved up the hill to 100 Sims Drive from its previous location at the College of Professional Studies at 700 University Ave. The newly renovated and expanded space positions the Center for Online and Digital Learning for success as Syracuse University’s portfolio of online programs rapidly grows.

 

“Quality, scalability, and innovation have always been at the core of our mission,” says Dr. Judy Teng, executive director of the Center for Online and Digital Learning. “Our new facility allows us to reimagine the online learning experience, while our cutting-edge technology and methodologies allow us to enhance teaching and learning.”  

The University has positioned itself to offer more engaging online learning possibilities for graduate and undergraduate students as the Center for Online and Digital Learning grows substantially, says Jim Gaffey, executive director of administration and strategy at the College of Professional Studies.

“This new facility signifies the University’s investment in the Center for Online and Digital Learning and also recognizes the growth of online programs,” Gaffey says. “We want students to have the most up-to-date information available, and these new resources will allow us to refresh courses at a faster rate to better serve our students.”

 

 

Ranked at No. 21 among national universities and ranked No. 5 for private schools in the U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Online Programs rankings, Syracuse University has proven its commitment to online education.

“The Center for Online and Digital Learning is in the vanguard of Syracuse University’s efforts to face head-on the many disruptions to higher education—to produce and align differentiated academic offerings for a rapidly changing marketplace. Through the talent, creativity, innovation, experimentation, and excellence located at the Center, Syracuse University will achieve its online and digital innovation goals over the next 20 years,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of the College of Professional Studies.


About the Center for Online and Digital Learning

The Center for Online and Digital Learning provides evaluation, development, and delivery of world-class online programs at Syracuse University.

About the College of Professional Studies

The College of Professional Studies is a global, inclusive and future-facing college, providing access to diverse students and learners seeking a Syracuse University degree, credential, certificate, or education experience.

College of Professional Studies at Syracuse University Announces Municipal Government and Community College Employees Tuition Incentive Program

The College of Professional Studies at Syracuse University announces the Municipal Government and Community College Employees Tuition Incentive Program.  

The tuition incentive program for municipal government and community college employees is open to any employee of a county, town, village, city, district, or authority (as demonstrated by a recent pay stub). Participants matriculating into any online, part-time undergraduate degree or credit certificate from the College of Professional Studies are eligible for a 50 percent discount off Syracuse University’s part-time rate and must not exceed 11 credits per semester.

“This new tuition incentive is one small part of Syracuse University’s larger commitment to the region,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “As the largest private employer in Central New York, we have an obligation to providing access to transformational education for individuals who serve and support the communities in which we live.”

As the College of Professional Studies continues to expand its program offerings, the Municipal Government and Community College Employees Tuition Incentive Program acknowledges those in our communities who are dedicated to public service and provides an accessible path for them to a Syracuse University education.

To learn more about the tuition incentive program, visit https://go.syr.edu/uc/onondaga-county.


About the College of Professional Studies

The College of Professional Studies is a global, inclusive and future-facing college, providing access to diverse students and learners seeking a Syracuse University degree, credential, certificate or education experience.