Cybersecurity Engineer

With society’s ever increasing reliance on connected devices and information systems, the need to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of these technology systems has never been greater.

What You'll Learn

Oregon Tech’s Cybersecurity degree is designed to create business-savvy IT security professionals who not only protect organizations and their information systems, but also serve as key business partners. Graduates will be ready to transition seamlessly from classroom to the workforce.

As “industry’s university,” and one of the top polytechnic universities in the Pacific Northwest, the standalone Cybersecurity degree aligns with Oregon Tech’s mission to provide applicable, hands-on experience for students in the changing workforce environment. Cybersecurity experts, Professors Dan Carrere and Tracey Coon, along with Information Technology Professors, Jeff Dickson and Lindy Stewart, specifically developed the degree to meet industry’s needs.

Cybersecurity has emerged as a unique profession specializing in the technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. Many careers in cybersecurity combine knowledge and skills from other disciplines such as computer science, information technology, and business, along with expertise in specialized topics that are unique to cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Degree

The Cybersecurity degree program at Oregon Tech provides students with the fundamental understanding of how computer and information systems operate, and the methods and techniques used to protect them. This degree will prepare graduates to enter the Cybersecurity profession with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain entry to mid-level positions in a variety of industries.

Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science

Jobs and Careers in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Degree

By holding an accredited cybersecurity degree, students will have abundant job opportunities in a variety of positions such as security analysts, security engineers, cryptographers, security architects, security administrators, cryptanalysts, security software developers, and security consultants. Security professionals are needed in all industries including public and private businesses, as well as across a multitude of government agencies. The Global Information Security Workforce Study finds that the cybersecurity workforce gap is on pace to hit 1.8 million by 2022 – a 20% increase since 2015.

Further, Michael Brown, CEO of Symantec, the world’s largest security software supplier noted that, “The demand for the (cybersecurity) workforce is expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million.” The Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report warns that the worldwide shortage of IT security professionals is at 1 million openings already.

Career Paths:

Security Analyst
Security Engineer
Cryptographer
Security Architect
Security Consultant
Cryptanalyst
Security Software Developer
Security Software Developer
Information Architect
Computer Forensics Investigator