It seems that hardly a day goes by without issues related to cybersecurity being in the news or impacting people's lives. From political events, to companies whose client data may have been compromised, to securing your own personal data, issues that have cybersecurity implications are far-reaching, and growing at a rapid pace. Yet keeping up with this ever-changing field is a challenge — a recent study by Tripwire found that 93 percent of security professionals are concerned about the cybersecurity skills gap, with 81 percent stating that in just over the past two years, the skills needed to be a security professional have changed.
Unlike more traditional programs that focus on just the technical aspect, Le Moyne's BA in cybersecurity is interdisciplinary, drawing from computer science, political science, anthropology, criminology, and sociology. The program emphasizes skills that are the hallmark of a liberal arts education — such as critical thinking and communications — so that students graduate with the skills necessary to understand and work on concepts that touch on the social, political and technical elements of cybersecurity.
Why an Interdisciplinary Program?
Combining social sciences and information & system security technology topics into a program is unique. This raises the question - is there a need for cybersecurity professionals to have a firm grounding in the social sciences? A workshop on social science, computer science, and cybersecurity held in 2013 had as its goal to develop communities of researchers from social science and technology fields that cooperate in the development of new and improved cybersecurity systems.
In a summary report on the workshop, Chris Kanich, from the University of Chicago's Computer Science Department, wrote: "The fact that humans from several different walks of life are interacting with these systems on a daily basis has prompted a paradigm shift: rather than designing secure systems with arbitrarily defined use models, we must design secure systems with use models informed by how people interact with each other, computers, and information. This security paradigm necessitates a close collaboration between technical and social scientists so that the design of secure systems incorporates an understanding of the needs and capabilities of the billions of people that will rely on them."
What Can I Do with a BA in Cybersecurity?
The possibilities are endless — from finance, to health care, to government to retail. And the ever-changing nature of cybersecurity will continue to evolve — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2014 to 2024, employment in information security analysts is predicted to grow by 18 percent.
Among the numerous jobs — across a variety of fields — where a BA in cybersecurity can be applied are:
- Forensic Investigator
- Computer Crime Investigator
- Chief Security Officer
- Ethical Hacker
- Security Engineer
- Risk Manager
- System and Network Administrator
- Cybersecurity Analyst (compliance and governance)
- Cybersecurity Attorney
Cybersecurity Courses and Requirements
If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements and opportunities for the Cybersecurity major, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.