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Cybersecurity Major

Grand View’s online Cybersecurity program will prepare students to enter the workforce in network and information security related roles, including completing initial network certification exams while still working on their undergraduate studies.

The program is offered entirely online in conjunction with a consortium, where leading cybersecurity experts developed the program and experts in the field continually refine the content and ensure that the curriculum aligns with industry standards for multiple career tracks.

Students will learn hacking prevention, hacking response, forensics, cybersecurity crime, network security, programming and more. As part of the program, students will create a polished portfolio, demonstrating their skills.

While this program can be completed entirely online, students can take some in-person, daytime computer sciences classes if they choose.

Why Grand View?

  • To keep up with changes in technology and workplace needs, courses are updated every year.
  • Students learn with other students from across the country, creating diversity in thought and discussion.
  • Students have access to faculty experts eager to work with them on their educational journey.
  • The program requires a practicum and portfolio where students document their learning to showcase for future employers. 
  • Students gain hands-on skills early in the program building as they work through the program.
  • Students are positioned to take the A+, Network+ exams and have content knowledge for future security exams.

According to Cyberseek, the supply to demand ratio for cybersecurity workers in Iowa is 71%, which is about the same as the national ratio, 72%. The website also emphasizes the certifications sought by organizations for workers in cybersecurity, and as mentioned, students graduating from the cybersecurity program will be prepared to take the initial CompTIA+ certifications as part of their courses.

Framework Category*

Openings (national)

Operate and Maintain

378,207

Securely Provision

328,362

Oversee and Govern

253,592

Collect and Operate

181,387

Protect and Defend

177,223

Analyze

103,664

Investigate

18,712

*Not mutually exclusive – one job could perform multiple roles in the framework; as of 12/7/2023


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IN-DEMAND JOBS

Fortune.com reports that while there has been a decline in technology jobs in some areas, cybersecurity is expected to grow continually, and there will be a need to assist marginalized populations to enter into cybersecurity in order to meet workforce demand (The 3 cybersecurity hiring trends experts predict for 2023 | Fortune). Notable among Fortune.com’s predictions is that “upskilling will be important to employers and employees.” McAllister (2023) also reiterates the growing need for cybersecurity individuals outside traditional technology firms (What Cyber Security Attack Trends Should You Watch Out for in 2023? | LinkedIn) and Kamping-Carder & Hand (2020) highlight the role cybersecurity has in every organization and the increasing number of threats to information systems within organizations (Wall Street Journal, “Hackers Eye Their Next Targets, From Schools to Cars” (Hackers Eye Their Next Targets | ProQuest).

CyberSeek.org documents the number of openings per state within the country and classifies openings per the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Category (Cybersecurity Supply And Demand Heat Map | Cyberseek).