Keeping Data Protected: The Role Of Cybersecurity

The field of cybersecurity includes many different branches, including network, application, information, and operational security. Cybersecurity professionals defend data, servers, electronic systems, mobile devices, and networks from malicious attacks, damage, or unauthorized access.  Cybersecurity, often referred to as information technology security, is a growing job market, so if you’re looking for a secure career path, you’re in the right place.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), between 2020 and 2030, the field of information security is going to grow at a rate of 33%; that’s much faster than average job growth. A career in cybersecurity can provide stability for a long time in the future.

Median Pay

The median pay for cybersecurity/information security work is $103,590 per year, according to the BLS. Although that average is for professionals with a bachelor’s or master’s degree, there are plenty of opportunities for individuals who have graduated with more intensive certificate programs like the Cybersecurity Certificate offered through Washington Technical Institute, especially if they already have expertise in another area of information technology. The rapid growth in this field of IT has caused companies to take a new look at ways to get graduates into the job openings more quickly, so they are hiring individuals with certificates at a much higher rate than in the past.

Level of Education

What this means is that intensive programs like those offered through WTI have become an accepted pathway to a career in computer science instead of the traditional route of earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology. Because of courses like those offered through WTI, the field of information technology security has become much more accessible for working adults who need a flexible program to pursue this type of career.

The certificate covers twelve credits of professional work, and teaches students how to identify and address security concerns as well as how to build proactive security plans that use personnel management and ethical hacking to solidify security processes. Curriculum content includes introductions to information security and network defense. Students also learn about information security management and advanced cybersecurity in order to analyze and interpret data, identify weaknesses, and put into place preventative measures for an organization’s security.


Washington Technical Institute’s self-paced Cybersecurity Certificate can be completed in 8 months or fewer, with daily start dates.  Such flexible start dates makes this program unique and much more accessible for our students. An additional benefit of WTI’s programs is that we offer affordable pricing and monthly payments to help our students leave school without debt. 

Although our goal is to help our students graduate their programs with little to no debt, we also recognize that some students might need to utilize a loan for their educational investment. We are excited to announce our partnership with Climb Credit, a student lending company focused on financing career-building programs. 

If you’re ready to enroll and start your training to become a software developer, you can register for your program online through our website. Still have questions about our programs? Feel free to call us at 800-371-5581 or text us at 952-465-3702. Our admissions specialists will be happy answer whatever questions you have.

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Advance your education with an accredited certificate program from Washington Technical Institute (WTI). WTI is Regionally accredited by the Middle States Association CESS, and licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as an institution of higher learning.


Washington Technical Institute is Regionally accredited by the Middle States Association CESS, and licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as an institution of higher learning.