Program Summary

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Prepare to meet the growing demand for skilled cybersecurity analysts 

Cybersecurity is a broad and growing discipline that intersects with almost every industry. As digital information exchange increasingly becomes the norm, it is critically important to protect systems, networks, programs, and data from attacks and unauthorized access. As a graduate of Penn State’s interdisciplinary online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations program, you can enter the workforce prepared to join the rapidly growing cybersecurity industry, which spans organizations of almost every size and mission.

This online program, offered by the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in partnership with Penn State World Campus, equips students with the tools needed to become skilled cybersecurity professionals who can recognize, analyze, manage, and eliminate risks related to a wide range of threats. As a student in the program, you can learn to anticipate and identify threats, clearly articulate potential impacts to stakeholders, and ensure the safety of digital information.

Why Study Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations at Penn State?

This online cybersecurity program has a strong foundation in programming and mathematics. It teaches the essential concepts of cyber defense and analytics to create a holistic understanding of adversarial strategies and effective countermeasures. The program focuses on helping students develop the knowledge and skills needed to critically assess and respond to security threats including system hacking, data breaches, theft of personal information, and cyberattacks by terrorist groups or other aggressors. 

Who Should Apply?

Penn State’s online cybersecurity and analytics program is ideal for people who:

  • enjoy working with computers and their operating systems and applications
  • have an interest in business and organizational security
  • are motivated to protect digital information, data stores, and computer networks from threats
  • are driven to learn the best strategies to anticipate, recognize, and defend against cyberattacks
  • are passionate about how to keep sensitive information out of the hands of hackers, cybercriminals, and terrorist organizations
  • enjoy working on a team to resolve technical problems 
  • are interested in computer programming and mathematics

Cybersecurity Analytics Career Opportunities

Cybersecurity professionals protect the data of organizations, companies, health care institutions, and government agencies. As the demand for educated cybersecurity professionals continues to grow, so does the gap in knowledge and skills required to fill these positions in business and industry, government and intelligence, and military and defense. With the knowledge acquired in this program, you can prepare for rewarding positions such as cybersecurity analyst, security engineer, cyber threat adviser, vulnerability assessor, information security director, and penetration tester.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

Note: This program is under review for GI Bill® eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.

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