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Cybersecurity Careers

Those looking to pursue a career in cybersecurity leadership are filling a high-demand role in a rapidly changing industry. These are some of the fastest-growing positions in the world. The market for careers in cybersecurity is projected to expand to $170 billion by 2020—an increase of more than 200%.

Data protection should be a top priority for government agencies, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations alike. Defending the security of a company’s systems and servers puts cybersecurity professionals in a prime position: they must be able to think like a hacker, identifying the signs that indicate a possible breach in the system. Their propensity for pinpointing a system’s weaknesses comes from a unique blend of technical and critical thinking skills that allows them to develop solutions to problems within their organization.

Many cybersecurity professionals earn a six-figure salary. There are a variety of job titles one can assume in the field, one of them being an information security analyst. The median pay for this role in particular is $98,350 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Students who complete the Master of Engineering in cybersecurity policy and compliance at GW can pursue a variety of positions in the field, depending on their work experience:

  • Computer Forensic Investigator
  • Computer Network Defense Engineer
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Cyber Operations Planner
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst
  • Cybercrime Technology Director
  • Cybersecurity or Information Security Manager
  • Government Manager
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Security Governance/ Risk Manager
  • Information Security Officer
  • Information Systems Security Analyst
  • IT Director or Supervisor
  • IT Security Consultant
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Network or Data Center Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Secure Software Assurance Engineer
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Manager
  • Security Operations Manager
  • Threat Intelligence Analyst

A career in cybersecurity is a great choice for those already in a technical field with the desire to work for a greater good: the safeguarding of private information. If your calling is in the cybersecurity field, see our list of valuable industry resources.

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Industry Resources

Homeland Security Careers
The official website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, listing careers, news, and more.

National Institute of Standards and Technology
A national physical science laboratory that is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

IT Examination Handbook Infobase (FFIEC)
The official website of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council contains legal documentation and useful cybersecurity resources.

InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
The mission of the NCUA is to provide, through regulation and supervision, a safe and sound credit union system, which promotes confidence in the national system of cooperative credit.

The Cybersecurity Canon
A comprehensive booklist for cybersecurity professionals and enthusiasts.

Zero Day Blog
A digital publication dedicated to industry news and insights.

Financial Services-Information Sharing and Analysis Center
The only industry forum for collaboration on critical security threats facing the global financial services sector.

Dark Reading
Dark Reading covers information security news and trends.

The Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu
WSC is the leading non-profit organization helping women in cybersecurity achieve their career goals.