Do I Need To Have Prior Knowledge in Cybersecurity to Enroll in WVJC Online’s Cybersecurity Program?

Did you know that you can pursue the career of your dreams without any prerequisite training at a pace that fits your specific needs? At WVJC Online, we are committed to helping students cross the divide between career desire and its fulfillment. Read on to discover how a degree in Cybersecurity might be for you!

WHAT IS CYBERSECURITY? 

Professionally referred to as “information technology security,” IBM defines cybersecurity as the practice of protecting critical systems and sensitive information from digital attacks. Cybersecurity measures are designed to combat threats against networked systems and applications, whether those threats originate from inside or outside an organization. Simply put, cybersecurity technicians ensure the regular optimization of all electronic systems and data from foreign threats. 

HOW LONG IS THE CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM AT WVJC ONLINE? 

Students enrolling in WVJC Online’s Cybersecurity program should have a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution. Because you will be earning an associate degree, we require a minimum of 18 months (or 90 credits) to satisfy the program’s credit requirements. This includes field experience through an externship opportunity towards the end of the program. 

Our goal at WVJC is for students to develop marketable skills that are career-focused and time-efficient without compromising precious classroom time learning subject matter unrelated to their professional desires. As a result, our Cybersecurity program is designed for students to graduate and enter the workforce. 

DO I NEED ANY PRIOR TRAINING OR KNOWLEDGE?

“Where do I start?” is a common sentiment among incoming students. Whether for the first time or changing careers, the prospect of obtaining a degree can sometimes appear nearly impossible. However, at WVJC Online, incoming students are not expected to be amassed any specialized training before enrollment. You don’t need any prior knowledge of cybersecurity before starting class on the first day! We accept students at every level of knowledge and further hone their skills for the cybersecurity job front. 

As the need for computerized security against increasing cyber threats and criminality heightens throughout the modern world, there is an ever-increasing need for cybersecurity employees. That’s where we come in! WVJC Online will take the time to help you gain the essential skills and training necessary to pursue a fruitful career in cybersecurity and other similar professions. 

WHERE DO I BEGIN?

If you’ve used a computer before, you’re more than halfway there. Basic computer skills are to cybersecurity as what “yes” and “no” are to learning English. While some familiarization with cybersecurity terminology could be helpful, it is not a requirement. Instead, our cybersecurity instructors will teach you what it looks like to pursue a career in cybersecurity from the ground up. 

Starting a career in cybersecurity isn’t as complicated as it may appear from the outside. A career in this wide-ranging field is reasonably achievable. With the right amount of effort, educators, and environment, one can achieve a career in this exciting and growing field. 

Don’t let the fear of something new keep you from your next steps with WVJC Online. You have the desire, and we have the resources to help bridge the gap from dream to reality. 

READY TO BEGIN YOUR CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY? CONTACT WVJC ONLINE TODAY!

The Cybersecurity program at WVJC Online prepares students to enter the vastly expanding world of cybersecurity. The immersive program offers simulations and a preoperational externship at the end of the program. Our instructors are uniquely committed to the success of their students and have shown a willingness to schedule online and in-person meetings when necessary. 

 Choosing a career in cybersecurity can be an excellent move for you and your future. The exciting field of cybersecurity is growing, and employers are hiring trained candidates to fill these positions. In our program, you will learn to succeed without prior cybersecurity knowledge, making it beginner-friendly.

If you would like to learn more about our Cybersecurity program, give us a call at 877-25ONLINE. You can also download our FREE Ebook to begin learning about what it takes to get your degree in Cybersecurity!

Why Does Cybersecurity Matter?

Why Does Cybersecurity Matter?

In the age of software reliance and computerized productivity, a sense of online security is increasingly sought after. WVJC Online is doing its part to equip business leaders and companies with the next group of online professionals by providing the training, skills, and experience needed to start a career in the wide-ranging field of cybersecurity. Read on to learn more about why cybersecurity matters. 

CYBERCRIME EXPOSES PRIVACY

A career in cybersecurity is a profession in online privacy, and the importance of cybersecurity cannot be understated. Simply put, cybersecurity is essential because it protects the public’s welfare from loss, theft, and damage to sensitive data and private information. 

Living online has added a level of security risk and exposure that was otherwise absent a few decades ago. People put everything on their smart devices — from bank accounts and credit cards to online passwords and high school graduation dates. As a result, nearly anything there is to know about someone can be discovered on the Internet. 

Without cybersecurity, private individuals and public organizations increase their risk of attempted cyber attacks, fraud, hacking, and data corruption. In addition, online hackers are always on the lookout for backdoor entries to personal information and data. The acquisition of this data could prove disastrous to the quality of life of the affected person(s).

The online community consists primarily of consumers, so awareness of cybersecurity is only now beginning to rise. As our communities become more dependent upon computerized and software products, the need for an expansive and qualified cybersecurity field will grow too. 

CYBERCRIME IS INCREASING

Cybercrime is on the rise, and while international and state governments have begun to crack down on most present and potential threats, these crimes aren’t going away anytime soon. 

UpGuard reports four of the top reasons for the recent uptick in cybercrime. They include: 

  • The distributed nature of the Internet
  • The ability for cybercriminals to attack targets outside their jurisdiction making policing extremely difficult
  • Increasing profitability and ease of commerce on the dark web
  • The proliferation of mobile devices and the Internet of Things

As information breaches continue to occur, they will cost people money, resources, and time. But, unfortunately, cybercriminals are every bit as qualified as the professionals hired to protect the public from theft. They are highly sophisticated, trained, evolving, and elusive to the public eye  — and with the inclusion of bot activity in cybercrime, the task of keeping criminals out of your stuff has only grown more challenging.  Continue reading “Why Does Cybersecurity Matter?”

Anna Butcher – Staff Highlight

“I wanted to work in this position because I enjoy working with people and helping them with the goal of creating the life they want. One of the goals I have set for myself is to be available to West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online students and to guide them throughout their careers while strengthening my presence in the community to allow for new partnerships that can be beneficial to all parties involved. This position allows me to teach and offer assistance to a wide variety of people and make a positive impact on their lives.”- Anna Butcher.

As the Career Management Director at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown/Online, Anna Butcher assists students and alumni with preparation for their future careers and employment. Anna teaches a Career Preparation course that prepares students to create documents needed to obtain employment, such as; cover letters, resumes, thank you letters, and references. In this course, students also complete a mock interview to assist them in proper interview techniques.

Anna says, “My main motivation is being part of the positive change happening in students’ and alumni’s lives. I enjoy being there to assist them and make the employment process a bit easier. I also enjoy helping employers find quality employees in our students and being a career matchmaker! It’s a wonderful feeling knowing your students were able to find their dream career.”

Previously, Anna worked as a case manager and counselor at a local non-profit. She offered therapy, life skills, goal setting, and utilized behavioral therapy techniques, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), to help her clients better deal with their trauma. After budget cuts due to Covid-19, Anna found her way to WVJC, where she wanted to remain in a position of helping others create a better life for themselves and their families. Anna previously was a Graduate Assistant at a university and loved the idea of combining her two passions of teaching and helping others. Anna has experience with community outreach and enjoys partnering with local businesses to offer employment opportunities to students and alumni. She feels strongly this is where she was meant to be and is happy to have the opportunity to be in a fulfilling career doing what she loves!

If you wish to learn more about career services for students and graduates at WVJC, please request information here!