The Seminole State College of Florida online Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology (BSIST) program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for its Cyber Security Specialization by Best Degree Programs.
The ranking by consulting the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator database, evaluates schools that offer online bachelor’s in information systems, cyber security, or related degree programs. Seminole State College of Florida was ranked first.
“According to the United States Department of Labor, there is an expected growth rate through 2024 of 18 percent with an average annual salary of $90,120 for Information Security Analysts,” says Professor Craig Tidwell, program manager of the Seminole State cyber security program. “This is an exciting field, with lots of growth and great need at all levels.”
In response to the high demand for professionals trained in cyber security, Seminole State added the security specialization within its Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Information Systems Technology. The three-course track prepares students to detect and address computer security threats, including those related to mobile devices and cloud-based computing.
“Seminole State's Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology has been very successful, with approximately 450 students currently in the major,” says Tidwell. “The majority of our students are pursuing the cyber security track, and I have seen success with students obtaining jobs in the IT field. A number of our students have taken positions in the cyber security field and as the field continues to grow, I expect that our program will continue to expand and prepare more students to meet this need.”
An undergraduate degree in cyber security is needed for certain jobs in the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Information Systems Technology program provides students with the critical skills and knowledge necessary to direct and control computerized information resources within diverse organizational settings. Seminole State provides offers an industry-driven curriculum. The courses were developed with input from the regional business community and economic development agencies and are focused on new and emerging technologies, such as information security, cyber security and mobile handheld devices. Seminole State has significantly lower tuition costs than Florida's universities plus offers high-tech facilities, hands-on instruction and real-life projects. Seminole State is the only public institution in Central Florida to offer this degree.
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