Cybersecurity has become the most in-demand career option, in a time when cybercrime has become the biggest threat to industries and economies across the globe. Students are taking up this profession to excel in their careers. However, the question of whether they should get an online cybersecurity degree or get certified always arises. Meanwhile, EC-Council University has a solution that will help students earn certifications along with their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.
The university now offers up to seven industry certifications with its BSCS program and up to four with its MSCS program.
Certifications included in the BSCS program
ECCU now offers seven industry certifications with its Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security (BSCS) program. The university earlier provided only three industry-ready certifications with its degree. For instance – Certified Network Defender (C|ND), Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), and Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI). In conclusion, the four new certifications included in the program at no extra cost are:
CIS 304 – Certified SOC Analyst (CSA) (Bachelor Course – Auditing IT Infrastructures for Compliance)
Becoming a Certified SOC Analyst helps students understand the basic concept of SOC processes, procedures, technologies, and workflows. Candidates can get this certificate along with the online cybersecurity degree, BSCS. Moreover, it helps them gain a basic understanding and in-depth knowledge of security threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, attacker’s behaviors, cyber killchain, etc. In addition, with this certification, they understand the architecture, implementation, and fine-tuning of SIEM (Security Incident and Event Management) solutions and learn to use cases that are widely used across the SIEM deployment.
According to Salary.com, the salary range of a SOC analyst – $74,062-$104,989
CIS 402 – TestOut Linux Pro Certification (Bachelor Course – Security Strategy in Linux Platform and Applications)
The TestOut Linux Pro Certification helps students gather valuable experience in command-line interface, installation and localization, disk and system file management, security, group and user management, and boot loaders. Most importantly, with the help of this certification, students can solve real-world problems, including managing networks, managing users and file systems, and setting up a new system. Moreover, TestOut’s Linux Pro is CompTIA covers the objectives for the CompTIA Linux+ Certification Exam (XK0-004) certification exam.
Career option and salary range –
- Linux Administrator – $46,000-$99,000 (Source: PayScale)
- Network Technician – $51,000-110,000 (Source: Glassdoor)
- System Administrator – $44,000-$87,000 (Source: PayScale)
CIS 303 – TestOut Security Pro Certification (Bachelor Course – Security Policies and Implementation)
The CIS 303:- With a certification in TestOut Security Pro, firstly, students learn how to secure a corporate network using a layered security model. Secondly, they learn how to secure a small business network using layered security framework concepts. Moreover, TestOut’s Security Pro is CompTIA Approved Quality Content and verified to cover 100 percent of the objectives for the CompTIA’s Security+ (SY0-501) certification exam. Candidates can get this certificate along with the online cybersecurity degree, BSCS.
Career option and salary range –
- IT System Administrator – $44,000-$87,000 (Source: PayScale)
- Security Specialist – $49,000-$114,000 (Source: PayScale)
CIS 302 – Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst (CTIA) (Bachelor Course – Managing Risk in Information Systems)
With a CIS 302 certification, students can learn the various fundamental concepts about cyber threat intelligence. For instance, they learn about its lifestyle, types, capabilities, strategy, framework, maturity level and more. In addition to this, it helps them understand various stages of an attack. Further, they understand the deep dive scenario to build appropriate mitigation and defensive mechanisms to protect the organization from known and unknown threats.
- According to PayScale, the national average salary of a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst is $76,000.
More about EC-Council University
EC-Council University is dedicated to creating superior educational programs in the discipline of cybersecurity. The programs will equip graduates with the knowledge to assess the latest IT security risks and expert skills to handle them successfully. The university offers bachelor’s and master’s programs. The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (BSCS) gives required exposure, builds cybersecurity skills, and develops leadership abilities that help any candidate to grow as a cybersecurity professional. Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCS) makes you an expert in desired skills and helps you in gaining domain knowledge to stand ahead of the competition.
ECCU is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is a recognized accrediting agency by the US Department of Education and is also an acknowledged member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
ECCU has industry practitioners as faculty members who also serve as mentors for the students when they aspire to get into cybersecurity. The iLabs facility from the university helps in gaining hands-on practice for students.
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