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Forecasts in the job market for positions in cybersecurity suggest there will be a big demand for Information Security Analysts well into the foreseeable future.

  • Cybersecurity talent gaps exist across the country. On average, cybersecurity roles take 21% longer to fill than other IT jobs. (
  • Employment is projected to grow 31 percent between 2021 and 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations (
  • Median annual salary for cybersecurity analysts was $102,600 in 2021 (

The scope of cybersecurity is vast and job roles and titles can be quite diverse. The study of cybersecurity gives you the opportunity to pursue many different areas of specialization. Some widely recognized job titles include:

Cybersecurity Analyst
Cyber Crime Analyst
IT Auditor
Vulnerability Assessor


Cyber Forensics Investigator
Incident and Intrusion Analyst
Penetration Tester
Cybersecurity Architect

The coursework on cybersecurity at USI is in a constant state of expansion. As industry needs, national initiatives, and governmental policy/law inform us, we are adding areas to the program to be sure you have the talent and skills you need to be successful.

  • CIS367 - Data Communications
  • CIS345 - Information Security and Risk Management
  • CIS346 - Cyber Security Assessment and Network Defense
  • Elective - Explore topics like Computer Forensics, Ethical Hacking, Cryptography, and more.

Cyber Security Operations Center

The Romain College of Business houses a fully functional Cyber Security Operations Center (SOC). Analysts in the lab monitor systems and identify and isolate threats. As a student pursuing the certificate, you are eligible to work as an analyst in the SOC. You make money while gaining real-world experience, all the while helping to protect the USI campus.