Network security is a fast-growing career for those interested in information technology and online protection.
Network security is a good career for those interested in information technology and online protection. Network security is designed to protect the usability and integrity of an organization’s network and data, which helps businesses maintain a safe online presence.
There are several benefits to a career in network security, including a good employment outlook and an attractive salary range. The demand for information technology workers is expected to grow as new and faster technology is implemented especially with technology's evolving role in healthcare. The field is expected to create about 18,000 new jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and also reports that the median annual wage for individuals in the field was $82,050 in May 2018.
Jobs in Network Security
Network security is comprised of three phases – protection, detection and reaction. There are jobs available in each of those phases. The duties of each position will vary depending on which phase of network security an individual is responsible for. Regardless of position, however, working in network security requires strong analytical and problem-solving skills as well as the ability to multitask. Here are a few common job positions within network security:
Network Security Analysts: They are responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining computer and information security systems and must watch for any suspicious activity in those systems.
Software Developers/Engineers: This job requires employees to create innovative computer software that will solve security problems for consumers. They must also monitor that software for any improvements that may need to be made to avoid any potential security breaches.
Network Security Engineers: Responsibilities include deploying, configuring and administering network and security-related hardware.
Network Security Specialists: Specialists are responsible for monitoring computer networks for security threats or unauthorized users.
Network Security Administrators: They are responsible for keeping an organization’s network safe, up-to-date and running smoothly.
The future of network security employment is promising for students who are interested in pursuing this career path. This is due to an abundance of new, more serious threats to cybersecurity. Each time new technology or software is released, there is potential for critical security threats.
Starting Your Career in Network Security
The potential for new jobs has led to more schools offering degree programs in technology and cybersecurity than ever before. Since network security is such an expansive field, there are a variety of programs available, including security and risk analysis, computing and security technology and cybersecurity.
To work in this industry, many employers require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Herzing University’s cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program allows students to gain fundamental knowledge of networks. They also gain specialized skills in ethical hacking, network security, computer forensics and applied cryptography. Students can also take part in Herzing’s 36-month online data analytics bachelor’s degree program which provides a strong foundation in networking and database management.
Additional certifications and mentoring programs are available to those who wish to advance their career in network security to a managerial level. Earning certificates such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), CompTIA Security+ or Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) can be key to career growth and helping you land advanced positions.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.