Master's in Cyber Security

Shaping the Cybersecurity Leaders of Tomorrow: Insights from Maryville Online Students

The Maryville Online Master’s in Cybersecurity can equip students with the most sought-after technical skills, business acumen, and valuable certifications such as CISSP, ECSA, ECES, CISA, CCSP, and Splunk Core Certified Power User. Enrolled students can gain expertise in auditing, troubleshooting, risk analysis, governance, pen testing, and credentials required for management and C-suite positions in the cybersecurity field. Three Maryville Online students – Brandy Gordon, Tina Lampe, and Ayesha Akhtar – share their graduate cybersecurity program experiences. Why did you choose to obtain your degree online instead of on campus? What made you choose Maryville Online over other online colleges to pursue […]

How to Find Legit Work-from-Home Jobs

Table of Contents Explore Top Industries for Remote Employees Review Remote Job Boards Detect Phishing Scams Harness AI Protection Analyze Job Postings and Interview Effectively Protect Your Privacy as a Remote Worker   Recent statistics show the rise and popularity of remote work in recent years — and the need to protect against false job advertisements to find legitimate work-from-home jobs. Seventy-seven percent of employees valued remote work in some form at their companies, and 21% reported it was absolutely essential when determining whether to take a new job, according to CareerBuilder. The high demand for remote jobs is partially […]

Environmental Impact of Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency has grown from a niche curiosity to a subject that everyone seems to be talking about. Its meteoric rise has drawn bigger attention to cryptocurrency mining, a process used to enter more crypto into circulation. Crypto mining requires a lot of energy due to the time and computer processing power involved, prompting serious environmental concerns that are being addressed through the creation of more energy-efficient methods. To learn more about the environmental impact of cryptocurrency, check out the infographic below, created by Maryville University’s online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program. Add This Infographic to Your Site <p style="clear:both;margin-bottom:20px;"><a […]

Supply Chain Attack: Preventing Ransomware Attacks on the Supply Chain

Tables of Contents What Is a Supply Chain Attack?Risks of Supply Chain CyberattacksSupply Chain Attack ExamplesSupply Chain Attack Prevention for OrganizationsThe Worldwide Battle Against Cybercriminals In 2021, a turning point was reached in the battle against cybercriminals who target global supply chains with their ransomware attacks: Ransomware supply chain attacks became more ruthless: They attempted to cripple food networks, water supplies, and fuel distribution networks as well as hospitals and city governments, as the 2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report explains.The year saw an increase in the number of ransomware attacks and their severity: 623 million ransomware attacks were recorded worldwide […]

Types of Security Breaches: Physical and Digital

In fall 2021, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the second-largest television station operator in the U.S., reeled from a destabilizing ransomware attack. Ransomware attacks prevent users from accessing systems until they pay a hefty fee. The incident disrupted the company’s broadcasts to local stations, caused critical data loss, and affected Sinclair’s ability to transmit advertisements. A cybersecurity breach is just one of the handful of security breach types that organizations around the globe must prepare for with increasing urgency. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 2021 was a record-breaking year of data compromises, with the rate of incidents already 17% above […]

Preventing Healthcare Cyber Attacks

The data held by healthcare organizations is incredibly valuable, enough so that it may be sold for 10 times more than stolen credit card numbers, according to the American Hospital Association. Healthcare records include highly sensitive information that can leave people vulnerable to financial or identity theft. While medical facilities rely on these records to deliver quality care to patients, using information to make sound medical decisions, they may make healthcare providers vulnerable to cyber attacks or ransomware. Cybersecurity professionals build strategies that protect patients and organizations from would-be cyber criminals. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

Safeguard Your Next Contactless Card Payment and Mobile Purchase

Despite recent advancements in credit card safety protocols, such as temporary card verification value (CVV) numbers, chip cards, and contactless payments (which encrypt information for every transaction), consumers must continue to be diligent in safeguarding their information. Why? Because identity theft and credit card fraud are more prevalent than ever. According to Define Financial, in 2020, the Federal Trade Commission received approximately 4.8 million reports of ID theft and credit card fraud, a 45% increase from 2019. In addition, “card not present” fraud (transactions conducted when the consumer isn’t physically present) is on the rise. A June 2021 Merchant Fraud […]

Diversity in STEM: An Evolving Industry

Professionals working in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and math — fuel our nation’s economic growth and drive innovation. In fact, STEM jobs are directly responsible for 39% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the U.S., according to the STEM and the American Workforce report from FTI Consulting. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects STEM jobs to grow twice as fast as all occupations combined between 2019 and 2029 (8% vs. 4%). As a result, those trained in sought-after STEM skills serve vital roles across these flourishing fields. However, maintaining this growth trajectory isn’t possible without thoughtful […]

Types of Hackers: The Hats They Wear and What They Do

Tables of Contents Types of hackersWhat Is white hat hacking?Who uses black hat hacking?Grey hat hacking: A blend of both worldsChoosing a career in ethical hackingThe future of hacking The technology that we rely on to navigate our everyday lives can make us an appealing target for skilled computer experts, also known as hackers, with malicious intent. Novel ways to take advantage of flaws in networks and computer systems are discovered every day. According to a report from the cybersecurity firm Forescout Technologies, in December 2020, millions of household and business smart devices — including devices that power critical infrastructure […]

Careers in Cybersecurity: Cryptography vs. Encryption

Businesses are increasingly taking advantage of modern technology to make their operations more organized and efficient. One example is the transmission of data online — for instance, customer identification and payment details. While convenient for businesses and consumers alike, such online data is subject to threats. Cybersecurity is the discipline focused on keeping such information secure. The repercussions of a security breach have major implications for everyday people as well as companies. Consider the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax, which in 2017 suffered a major breach that compromised the personal data of 148 million people. Many were left vulnerable to […]