Career Preparation

Get the preparation you need for your career as a cyberprofessional

Every day we hear about more cybercrime. Whether it’s identity theft, phishing, or entire cities being hacked, it’s increasingly clear that we need cybersecurity professionals with the skills to keep companies, governments, and organizations safe.

With your M.S. in Cybersecurity Risk Management, you’ll be well prepared to take on the challenge of securing information systems and protecting data—whether you’re in the program to enhance your current career path or you want to transition to a new career. As a student in our program, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to:

  • Connect with mentors
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Participate in service-learning for a real-world cybersecurity client
  • Work with a career services office at IU

Get ready to become a CISSP

The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) exam is the gold standard for ensuring you have the cybersecurity skills that employers seek. We offer a 13-week CISSP primer in Canvas that gives you a structured way to study and prepare for the exam. Instead of spending your time searching for the best resources, you’ll be able to take advantage of what we’ve collected for you.

This certification prep course is voluntary, and you won’t receive course credit for it. You can expect to work between 6 and 10 hours per week, depending on your prior experience with the material. You’ll work through the material as your schedule allows, and a facilitator will be available to keep you accountable and to answer your questions. Review sessions and virtual office hours will help you stay on track.

I’ve even had to turn down job offers with exceptional compensation ($100,000 per year from major consulting firms!) . . . since I simply could not start soon enough.

Ken Kimbel, first M.S. in Cybersecurity Risk Management program graduate

Meet your mentor

The IU Cybersecurity Council comprises more than 30 thought leaders in cybersecurity fields representing an array of industries and sectors. The council meets quarterly, helping us to keep our program closely aligned with what employers are looking for.

More than 75 percent of council members volunteer to serve as mentors for current M.S. in Cybersecurity Risk Management students. We work with you and with the mentors to find the best match for you and for your desired career. You’ll get an on-the-ground perspective from your mentor as you develop professionally.

100%of our graduates are working full time or are serving in the U.S. military

90%of our graduates employed full time are in a position associated with their degree

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