NEW ONLINE PROGRAM ALERT - New Cybersecurity Degree at Kent State University First in Ohio to go Fully Online

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The need for technology support and secure environments is strong.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects information security analysts positions to increase by 31% through 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations, and significantly higher than other computer occupations at only an 11% increase.1

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services lists information security analysts as one of Ohio’s fastest-growing occupations, with a projected 25.8% increase from 2016 to 2026, and 292 annual openings.2

According to Cyber Crime Magazine3, the cybersecurity unemployment rate is zero and the number of job openings will more than triple over the next five years.

Why Kent State University?

“The need for security professionals is at an all-time high and is the main reason for the creation of the degree,” said Shelley Marshall, an associate lecturer in information technology at Kent State Ashtabula.

The Online Associate of Applied Business degree in Cybersecurity will offer students another option for an entry-level program that responds to a national need for more graduates trained to provide a secure infrastructure. The program is designed to articulate into the Online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.S.I.T.) degree with a concentration in computer security and forensics.

Full-time, new students will be able to complete the program in only two years!

NEW PROGRAM! Enroll today in the Associate of Applied Business in Cybersecurity at Kent State University

The Online Associate of Applied Business degree in Cybersecurity will provide students with an applied approach to information security concepts. With an ever-growing threat to sensitive and critical data in the field of information technology, understanding the impact of security issues on businesses and individuals is critical.

Students will learn networking, hardware and operating systems, Cisco networking technologies, cyber defense methods, cyber ethics, incident management, and the process of developing and implementing security policies.

Graduates of the program will have the tools they need to address current security issues, including risk identification, security testing and monitoring and enterprise risk management.

Students with advanced computer experience but no college-level credit will be able to be placed into higher-level major courses, with faculty approval, to earn college credit for lower-level major coursework (through Kent State’s retroactive credit policy). The goals of the program are to accommodate varied educational backgrounds; offer courses in schedules attractive to both traditional and time- and place-bound students, and develop competencies needed for success in the IT field.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Associate of Applied Business in Cybersecurity, visit

1 Retrieved on June 22, 2021, from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2019). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Information Security Analysts. U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved from

2 Retrieved on June 22, 2021, from Office of Workforce Development (October 2018). 2026 Ohio job outlook employment projections. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Retrieved from

3 Retrieved on June 22, 2021, from Morgan, S. (21 December 2018). Top 5 cybersecurity jobs that will pay $200,000 to $500,000 in 2019. Cybercrime Magazine. Retrieved from

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