Every organization, however large or small, is at risk of a cyberattack. Cybercriminals and nation states continuously work to steal data that is collected about customers and business partners and dismantle data infrastructures within organizations. When these data breaches occur, they are expensive to repair and cost companies the relationships they have built with their employees, partners, and clients who trust these organizations to keep their information private and secure. On a larger scale, cyber insecurity threatens our national security.
The continued risk of cyberattacks has led to a high demand for cybersecurity professionals who can bridge the gap between cybersecurity and business management. The Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech offers the following undergraduate and graduate programs designed to prepare students for careers in multiple cybersecurity roles.
Cybersecurity Management and Analytics (BIT-Cyber) Major
The BIT-Cyber major focuses on the use of business analytics and metrics to protect organizations from cyberthreats. We teach students how to make secure and ethical decisions about data use, keeping IT systems secure, and protecting businesses and their customers from cyber harm.
Integrated Security: Securing Cyber Minor
An interdisciplinary minor that can be earned by any undergraduate student at Virginia Tech. Students will develop skills related to emerging security threats by using real world simulations. Students will learn to make decisions under stressful and fast-moving situations and evaluate their decisions and strategies as applied to a wide range of security challenges.
Virginia Tech Master of Information Technology Online (VT-MIT)
Ranked the #3 Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology in the nation and as the #1 Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report. MIT students may earn a concentration in Cybersecurity Management or Cybersecurity Policy.
Two cybersecurity graduate certificates are available to students who want to enhance their understanding of cybersecurity without enrolling in the VT-MIT graduate degree program. These graduate certificates can be counted toward the full degree later (please see VT-MIT Graduate Certificate Academic Policies for more information).
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Management
Teaches students to develop, assess, and manage cybersecurity operations for businesses and organizations by teaching the fundamentals of cybersecurity governance and risk management.
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Policy
Educates students in privacy laws and standards to minimize cyberthreats within an organization.
Click here for more information about both cybersecurity graduate certificates.