How do I pick the best cybersecurity graduate program for me?: Part 1

Advancing you’re career, or switching from one career to another, is a smart reason to pursue a higher education certificate or degree. Achieving a cybersecurity graduate certificate or degree lets you move directly into cyber management positions upon graduation, jump-starting a career with higher pay and greater career advancement opportunities.

The last five years have seen a marked increase in the number of cybersecurity graduate programs offered at educational institutions across the U.S. However, a CloudPassage study of university cybersecurity programs reports that employers are frustrated that graduates are not cyber job-ready. These grads lack the skills, project experience and certifications that would make them valuable in the workplace.
To begin the process toward pursuing a cybersecurity career, you must first determine the following:

• Your cybersecurity career objectives
• The education, background and experience combination that employers want you to have
• How you’re background stacks up
Once you have identified these factors, move on to these tasks:
• Determine the credentials you need to achieve you’re objectives
• Identify the best education plan for achieving you’re career objectives

At this point you’ll be ready to research graduate programs that prepare you to be job-ready. Part 2 of this blog post will cover seven characteristics of the ideal cybersecurity graduate program.