Is Computer Science essential for a career in Cyber Security?

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    I have an offer to study Information Technology Management for Business currently and I am becoming increasingly interested in a career in Cyber Security. Most Cyber Security Masters degrees state Computer Science as an entry requirement though often state that similar courses are sometimes accepted and I was wondering if the above course would be accepted as there are programming elements to the course although obviously not as in depth as Compu-Sci. I am also wondering about alternate routes into Cyber Security.

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    I doubt you will be accepted to do masters in cybersec as "Information Technology Managment for Business" doesn't sound very compsci related, unless i'm wrong
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    (Original post by DBR247)
    I have an offer to study Information Technology Management for Business currently and I am becoming increasingly interested in a career in Cyber Security. Most Cyber Security Masters degrees state Computer Science as an entry requirement though often state that similar courses are sometimes accepted and I was wondering if the above course would be accepted as there are programming elements to the course although obviously not as in depth as Compu-Sci. I am also wondering about alternate routes into Cyber Security.

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    Most jobs in cyber security do not require a comp sci degree or a masters in cyber security (whilst others require you to have a degree that is related to comp sci in a way), in fact most just want you to have experience and know some essential programming language (with experience). Check this website to see what most current jobs in cyber security requires.
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    (Original post by iHammmy)
    I doubt you will be accepted to do masters in cybersec as "Information Technology Managment for Business" doesn't sound very compsci related, unless i'm wrong
    Thank you for your reply. The degree isn't Comp Sci but I have always been leaning more towards IT than CS if you see what I mean. Tks once again
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    (Original post by kkboyk)
    Most jobs in cyber security do not require a comp sci degree or a masters in cyber security (whilst others require you to have a degree that is related to comp sci in a way), in fact most just want you to have experience and know some essential programming language (with experience). Check this website to see what most current jobs in cyber security requires.
    Some do indeed seem to want to relevant experience and are not so specific, I am always leaning more towards combining the business and technical elements (Cyber Consultant) as opposed to the sole technical elements (Ethical Hacker). Thank you very much for your help and for the useful link also!
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    (Original post by iHammmy)
    I doubt you will be accepted to do masters in cybersec as "Information Technology Managment for Business" doesn't sound very compsci related, unless i'm wrong
    Not sure about management for business but a degree in information technology will lead the same path with a computer science degree for the OP since he/she will have to do honours to specialise in cyber security

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    If you want a real career in Cyber security, I.e. developing techniques, as opposed to troubleshooting and technical support , then you need Mathematics and/or Computer Science, even Physics/Electronic engineering
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    Cyber Security professions don't exclusively look for a CS degree. Providing you've done a relevant IT/Computing related degree you'd be alright. If anything experience is far more important. I don't feel like an IT management for business course would quite be sufficient but some places may accept it. There's also no direct requirement that you do a Masters to get into the industry.

    Personally I'm looking to go a similar route (go into Cyber Security) but don't know quite which area yet. I'll be studying a BSc in Forensic Computing at Portsmouth in September and know people who have done the same course and gone straight into a security related job. I've had plenty of people tell me I'm doing the wrong thing by not taking CS and also know they're wrong. There's no correct way into the industry and it's a pretty young industry right now anyway.

    But realistically speaking, a relevant security qualification and experience will hold far more weight than a degree. Look at qualifications such as CISSP. That's the sort of stuff you'd be aiming for eventually.
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    (Original post by nerdling_CompSci)
    Not sure about management for business but a degree in information technology will lead the same path with a computer science degree for the OP since he/she will have to do honours to specialise in cyber security

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    The degree is a combination of business and IT but programming and various elements of IT are a part of a course. I think a Masters in Cyber Security still sounds like a good idea.

    Many thanks and all the best
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    (Original post by donutellme)
    If you want a real career in Cyber security, I.e. developing techniques, as opposed to troubleshooting and technical support , then you need Mathematics and/or Computer Science, even Physics/Electronic engineering
    I'm more interested in Cybersecurity Management as opposed to cryptography or the more mathematical and scientific elements of Cyber.

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    (Original post by Acsel)
    Cyber Security professions don't exclusively look for a CS degree. Providing you've done a relevant IT/Computing related degree you'd be alright. If anything experience is far more important. I don't feel like an IT management for business course would quite be sufficient but some places may accept it. There's also no direct requirement that you do a Masters to get into the industry.

    Personally I'm looking to go a similar route (go into Cyber Security) but don't know quite which area yet. I'll be studying a BSc in Forensic Computing at Portsmouth in September and know people who have done the same course and gone straight into a security related job. I've had plenty of people tell me I'm doing the wrong thing by not taking CS and also know they're wrong. There's no correct way into the industry and it's a pretty young industry right now anyway.

    But realistically speaking, a relevant security qualification and experience will hold far more weight than a degree. Look at qualifications such as CISSP. That's the sort of stuff you'd be aiming for eventually.
    That's very interesting to hear you will be studying a cyber degree, there seems to be few Unis offering them but I am sure more will offer them in the coming years. I completely agree with you that cyber is a relatively new industry but is seeing exponential growth with it.

    Many Thanks and best of luck
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    (Original post by DBR247)
    I'm more interested in Cybersecurity Management as opposed to cryptography or the more mathematical and scientific elements of Cyber.

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    In that case following your current degree path then specialising would be sufficient
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    (Original post by DBR247)
    That's very interesting to hear you will be studying a cyber degree, there seems to be few Unis offering them but I am sure more will offer them in the coming years. I completely agree with you that cyber is a relatively new industry but is seeing exponential growth with it.

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    Liverpool John Moores & Newcastle Uni (one of the top in the country) offer Cyber Security degrees
 
 
 
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