Advancing Your Career with a Master’s Degree and/or Certificate in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

EKU Online > Advancing Your Career with a Master’s Degree and/or Certificate in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

In today’s computerized world, almost all companies and organizations rely on network computing technology for their business. They process, transmit, and store their sensitive and valuable business data on various computing systems. This makes their business activities more convenient, efficient, and profitable.

However, since everything is online and accessible through the Internet, this also makes companies and organizations the targets of ever-increasing cybercrime due to the huge economic benefit. Cybersecurity Venture predicts that cybercrime will cost the world $7 trillion USD this year and will reach $10.7 trillion USD annually by 2025.

Rise in Security Attacks

With the constantly growing threat of cybercrime, are companies and organizations prepared to safeguard against it? According to an article published on Alarming Cyber Statistics for Mid-Year 2022 That You Need To Know,

  • cybercriminals can penetrate 93 percent of company networks,
  • businesses suffered 50% more cyberattack attempts per week in 2021,
  • only 50% Of small businesses have a cybersecurity plan in place,
  • and many security executives say they’re unprepared for the threats that lie ahead.

Facing endless cybersecurity attacks and their unpreparedness for them, companies and organizations worldwide are ramping up their investment in cybersecurity. This has been creating a huge demand for cybersecurity professionals and an on-going shortage of talent.

Continuous Job Growth

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs grew by 350 percent worldwide, from one million positions in 2013 to 3.5 million in 2021 and the predicted job openings will keep the same 3.5 million through 2025. In the USA, Cyberseek reports that from May 2021 through April 2022, there were more than 38,000 open cybersecurity positions in public-sector and more than 675,000 available jobs for professionals in the private sector.

To take advantage of the job market and launch or advance your cybersecurity career, gaining advanced skills and credentials is key. Eastern Kentucky University’s Computer Science and Information Technology Department offers a 100% online M.S. degree in computer science with a certificate in cybersecurity and digital forensics. This program will prepare you to become the highly needed professionals to fight cybercriminals and help organizations and companies in both public and private sectors avoid the devastating financial and reputation losses caused by data and information breaches.

Interested in advancing your career?

Earn your master’s degree from a university that has been an online education leader for over 15 years. EKU’s computer science programs are ideal for individuals seeking to expand their skills in computer science.

Complete the learn more form for more information about how our Computer Science Program can help advance your career.


Morgan, Steve. “Boardroom Cybersecurity 2022 Report.” Cybercrime Magazine, 10 Aug. 2022,

Brooks, Chuck. “Alarming Cyber Statistics For Mid-Year 2022 That You Need To Know.” Forbes, 3 June 2022

Cybersecurity Ventures. “Cybersecurity Jobs Report: 3.5 Million Openings Through 2025.”, 11 Nov. 2021,

Cyber Seek, Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map

Learn More