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Internet Security Degrees

Internet security also “information security,” is one of the fastest growing career fields in the nation. This career field is expected to show a 20% increase in job growth for the 2008-2018 decade. In addition to job growth, Internet security graduates can higher salaries than the average. Internet security professionals currently earn around $65,260 per year while top earner’s make between $79,160-$97,080 per year.

Internet security professionals are responsible for more than just Internet security risks in any given organization. In most companies, these professionals help develop, manage, and maintain systems that minimize risks and threats to computer systems. These individuals must have 3-5 years experience along with advanced knowledge of a number of technologies such as: UNIX, AIX, Linux, Cisco Network IDS, Cisco Host-based IDS, eTrust Access Control, ESM, and IDS. DES encryption, Digital Certificates, SSL, VPN, IPSec, TCP/IP, DNS and Web Security Architecture, mySQL, subversion, SpamAssassin, Nmap, Nikto, Nessus, Paros

Based on the nature of these positions and the technology needed to perform the tasks required, you will need to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science, applied mathematics, information science, or physical science. You can earn your degree from an accredited traditional college, technical school, or university or you may earn your degree online. Before settling on an online degree program, you spend some time comparing the online curriculum to the traditional curriculum (this is the standard), researching admissions practices, and investigating accreditation status.  

Schools to consider:

Online Internet Security Degree Curriculum

While the programs listed above will prepare you for a career in Internet security, most professionals choose the Bachelor of Science in information technology with a concentration in information systems security. You may also choose a Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in information systems. The curriculum for the BS in information technology consists of a combination of design, programming, and information systems courses.

The list of course requirements is extensive, but just a few standard course requirements include management information systems, web design, fundamentals of business systems development, business systems, database concepts, SQL for business, project planning and implementation, Java programming, windows server networking, introduction to UNIX, introduction to information systems security, information systems risk management, enterprise security, and application implementation.

Traditional Internet Security Degree Curriculum

Traditional programs require a combination of general education courses such as algebra and rhetoric and major courses such as introduction to computer theory, web design, hardware and architecture, computer and network security, and operating systems. Traditional programs also require server side scripting, introduction to Java programming, software systems analysis and design, database systems, and management information systems.   

Finding Online Internet Security Degree Programs

To locate top accredited online Internet security degree programs, check with traditional universities to see what they have to offer. The online division for each accredited school will list offerings. You may also search through comprehensive online directories such as Top Online Colleges, or use reliable search engines such as Ask, Bing or Google. Each online degree program will offer information on accreditation status. Please visit the U.S. Department of Education website to make sure the agency listed is recognized by the Department of Education. 

Tip: Nearly 25% of all Internet security professionals work in computer systems design. However, in the coming years most job opportunities will be in healthcare, as this industry increases its use of information technology.