The field of cyber security is still evolving right along with technology, generating jobs at a much faster pace than the national average. In fact, information security jobs are projected to grow by 40 percent or more over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Lorain County Community College has unveiled an exciting new associate of applied science degree in cyber and information security.

The degree is offered by the division of engineering, business and information technologies and prepares students for employment in a variety of careers in cyber security with roles such as network security specialist, information security technician and cyber security specialist.

“Cyber security is a booming industry right here in Northeast Ohio,” program coordinator Lawrence Atkinson said. “Fraud, identity theft, and trafficking in child pornography have all been identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as serious crimes, and trained experts are needed to track down perpetrators and prevent illegal activities.”

In addition to basic computer and networking skills, this degree provides a solid foundation in information assurance, cybercrime investigation, ethical hacking, digital forensics, network forensics, cyber operations, Internet of Things, data collection, software exploitation, analysis of malicious code, reverse engineering, data integrity, risk assessment and mitigation techniques. Lab work and assignments will present real world cyber security scenarios encountered in the work place. Industry standard software will be used for digital forensics studies.

Because technology spans all industries, being skilled in computer forensics and data analysis opens up dozens of career doors beyond the criminal justice or government-related fields one might associate with cyber security. The pay is way ahead of the national average, too; cyber security agents earn a median wage of nearly $90,000 a year.

This degree program combines well with other IT programs, such as computer networking, network systems and other programs.

Short-term and one-year certificates are also available in computer security. Lorain County Community College has articulation agreements with colleges and universities including programs offered by Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership.

For more information, contact Lawrence Atkinson at (440) 366-7050 or latkinso@lorainccc.edu or visit www.lorainccc.edu/cyber.