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There are two types of people in this world: those who know they've been hacked and those who don't know it yet. In all seriousness, the field of cybersecurity is exploding because every organization needs it. If this field interests you, keep reading!

Why Study Cybersecurity at Northwest

If you've ever considered studying cybersecurity, now's the perfect time. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, information security jobs will grow 35 percent in the next decade. That's huge! You probably can guess why, though. With everything becoming digital, cybersecurity is critical.

By definition, cybersecurity is the protection of infrastructure, systems, devices, networks, information and applications from attacks, damage, loss or unauthorized access. Any organization is susceptible to cyberattack, no matter the industry or size. Throughout this program, you'll gain a strong understanding of computer systems, including hardware, networks, operating systems, information assurance and programming. You'll also learn how to analyze computing problems and identify solutions to ensure a secure and safe network for your company. Our program has been validated by the National CAE-CD (Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense).

You may be wondering what makes our program better than other schools. For starters, we believe in learning by doing. We have recently built a cybersecurity lab with modern servers, computers, and network devices where students can conduct many cybersecurity activities. Furthermore, projects and assignments are designed to give students a taste of what their future jobs could look like. For example, you'll get into teams and apply legal and ethical principles to make smart judgments in a computing context. By the end of this program, you'll be an expert in security and will be able to help protect your future company from any risks or threats.

Pick your path

Cybersecurity B.S.

A Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity is available at Northwest. View the 4-year plan or catalog for courses and more information.

cybersecurity 4-YEAR PLAN (B.S.)

Minor Program

A minor in cybersecurity is also available! To learn more about the courses you'll take, check out the academic catalog. 

Career Ready

“At Northwest, I’ve really gained a family away from home, even in organizations and with the faculty. Everyone has shown that they cared about me, about my journey and what I want to do.” — Jack Hill

Career Opportunities

Job titles

  • Information security analyst
  • Information analyst
  • Network administrator
  • System administrator
  • Network architect

Examples of employers

  • Oracle Cerner
  • Coalfire
  • American Century
  • Principal

What Can I Do With a Major in Cybersecurity?

Center for Cybersecurity

The Center for Cybersecurity functions as a central hub for the Cybersecurity major and related programs offering student support, state-of-the-art equipment and a home for students studying in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Center for Cybersecurity

Center for Cybersecurity

CSIS Professional Advisory Team

The School of Computer Science and Information Systems annually hosts a professional advisory team that includes more than 40 professionals from various industries to review Northwest’s computer science curriculum. Professionals are updated about new technology and ensure the curriculum at Northwest is current with trends.

CSIS Professional Advisory Team


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