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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a set of practices and measures to protect computers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, data and other infrastructure from hackers and cyberattacks. It involves a variety of techniques that include anti-virus software, firewalls, secure passwords and multi-factor authentication.

There is one cyberattack every 11 seconds – and it’s expected to double by 2022. That makes cybersecurity a top priority for businesses, government agencies and individuals.

Security specialists help companies safeguard sensitive information from hacking, data loss and other cybersecurity threats that are growing in frequency and sophistication. That includes ensuring that systems are safe for employees to use, which requires both technical and people-oriented skills. Breaches don’t just happen on the server level — they can take the form of customer lists sent through unencrypted email, a password written on a sticky note in an employee cubicle or a company laptop stolen from a car.

Cyberattacks can be used to steal sensitive data, disrupt business activity or hurt a competitor’s reputation. They can also have a profound impact on the economy, national security and citizens’ confidence in their governments.

The University of Tulsa offers an online Master of Science in Cybersecurity that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Information Security (ACES) and the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NCL). Students can earn their master’s degree in as little as one additional year of study after earning their bachelor’s degree. Learn more about the program or apply today.