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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 thought about studying cybersecurity, now's the perfect time. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, information security jobs are projected to grow 35% in the next decade. That's huge! You probably can guess why, though. With everything becoming digital, cybersecurity is extremely important.

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.

You may be wondering what makes our program better than other schools. For starters, we believe in learning by doing. 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 prevent your future company from any risks or threats.

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?

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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