Accelerated Cybersecurity Degrees: What You Should Know

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By Matt Rowley
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Criminals target companies and individuals with many kinds of cyberattacks. The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t helped, as a growing number of cybercriminals are using the coronavirus to take advantage of their targets’ fears and uncertainties. For example, security firm Barracuda observed a 667% increase in email phishing attacks in early 2020, including scamming, brand impersonation and email compromise attempts.

Cybersecurity professionals are in demand, and potential employers include government agencies, corporations, cybersecurity services agencies, small businesses, nonprofits and more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of information security analysts to grow by 33% from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than the 8% growth projected for many occupations.

If you’re hoping to get a job in cybersecurity, meeting a position’s education requirements can make a difference. In this article, we provide an overview of accelerated cybersecurity degree programs and how they can get you faster and further into the field.

What is an Accelerated Cybersecurity Degree?

An accelerated degree program in cybersecurity allows students to earn their degree in a shorter amount of time. These innovative programs – often delivered online – give students more control over their coursework deadlines, enabling them to move ahead earlier than traditional degree programs. It’s also important to note that accelerated degree programs typically include the same courses as a standard degree program; the major difference is in the ability for students to move through their courses at a faster pace.

Students who have already completed some college coursework but haven’t finished a degree are typically a good fit for accelerated degree programs, as they may require students to have completed a certain number of college credit hours to be eligible.

How Long Does it Take to Get an Accelerated Cybersecurity Degree?

Each university that offers an accelerated cybersecurity degree program has its own requirements. Here at Columbia Southern University, the minimum amount of time needed to complete the Accelerated Path option for our Bachelor of Science in information systems and cyber security is one year. Students who have already completed at least 72 credit hours at the undergraduate level may be eligible for the Accelerated Path.

By using a series of assessments throughout the program, you’ll ensure you’ve reached the right levels of competency throughout your degree, while giving you the freedom to work at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Getting Started

When you enroll in an accelerated degree program, you’re taking control of your career trajectory. The sooner you get your foot in the door, the sooner you can take strides toward your cybersecurity career.

If you’re interested in earning an accelerated cybersecurity degree online – or exploring CSU’s other degree options in information systems and cybersecurity – visit our website.

Columbia Southern University does not guarantee that students or those who pursue these careers will earn the specific salaries listed.

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