Cyber Security Jobs
Cyber security, simply put, is computer security. More specifically, cyber security concerns the protection of computers and their programs, data and networks from unintended, unauthorized and unwanted access. With the growing number and sophistication of cyber threats, there is a corresponding growth in the cyber security job market.
Demand for cyber security workers is high with positions throughout the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Government positions for cyber security professionals can be found at virtually every level of federal and state government. Cyber theft rings, hackers, and data breaches are just a few of the real-time internet threats that, if left unchecked, could derail our way of life and compromise national security.
Careers are available in:
- Cyber Incident Response
- Cyber Risk and Strategic Analysis
- Vulnerability Detection and Assessment
- Intelligence and Investigation
- Networks and Systems Engineering
- Digital Forensics
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) has developed a workforce framework to help define specific requirements for jobs in cyber security.
The seven categories for cyber security jobs include:
Securely ProvisionThese jobs are concerned with conceptualizing, designing and building secure IT systems along with some aspects of systems development. Specialty areas include information assurance compliance, systems development, systems requirements planning and technology research and development.
Operate and MaintainWork in this area provides support, administration and maintenance for effective and efficient IT system performance and security. Specialty areas include customer service and technical support, data administration, and network services.
Protect and DefendSectors of cyber security work focused on the identification, analysis and mitigation of threats to internal IT systems or networks. Specialty areas include computer network defense analysis and incident response.
InvestigateJobs that investigate cyber events and crimes against IT systems, networks and digital evidence. Areas include digital forensics and investigation.
Collect and OperateWork in this area is concerned with denial and deception operations, and the collection of cyber security information for use in intelligence. Specialty areas include collection operations and cyber operations planning.
AnalyzeReview and analysis of incoming cyber security information to determine its usefulness for intelligence. Specialty areas include all source intelligence and threat analysis.
Oversight and DevelopmentLeadership, management and oversight of the cyber security organization. Specialty areas include legal advice and advocacy, and strategic planning and program development.
Examples of Careers in Computer Security
- Cybersecurity Threat Analyst
- Computer Engineer
- Information Security Analyst
- Network Security Consultant
- Computer Information Systems Specialist
- Professor in Cybersecurity
- Cyber Network Defense Architect
- Telecommunications Specialist
- IT Policy Advisor
- Cyber Intel Analyst
Graduate Entry-Level Programs in Cyber Security
Below are just a few of our training and development offerings within the Secretary’s Honors Program for Cybersecurity.
In addition to these programs, DHS also offers a variety of training and development courses including a master’s degree and graduate certificate in cyber security.
Information Security Analyst
With the highest concentration in Virginia, Texas, California, New York, and Maryland, more than 72,670 people worked as information security analysts in 2010. These professionals are responsible for protecting organizations from cyber attacks and earn a median annual wage of $89,290. By 2020, the field is expected to grow by 22%, a rate higher than the average for all occupations.