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Companies in today’s digital economy understand that they can no longer ignore the importance of cybersecurity and the implementation of advanced technological systems; organizations need people to manage critical information, protect priceless data, and be prepared for the unpredictable. During the next decade, cybersecurity and information technology budgets are projected to balloon into the hundreds of billions, and the job market is expected to swell to meet demand.

Whether you are interested in working hands-on developing strategies to deter cyber threats and crime or you are more interested in developing computer programming options to serve an organization’s overall technological needs, Athens State University has a program to help you find your future.


  • Gain a strong foundation in programming, problem analysis and solving, and software engineering and learn the skills to solve problems related to computer programming, computer networking, and information security
  • Information Security concentration available to provide students knowledge of technologies and methods to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information
  • Gain a foundation in business and information systems to complement the problem solving and programming skills needed to serve as a member of an information systems development team in a business setting
  • Computer Networking concentration available that builds on IT skills by focusing on the technical aspects of computer networking in a business environment
  • Tackle complex cybersecurity issues through risk management, security framework integration, incident response, disaster recovery, and information security governance strategies
  • Best program for careers in enterprise architecture, risk management, security audit, and compliance, or information assurance system architecture and engineering
*Computer Science degree program (excluding the Information Security concentration) is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Data derived for Information Security Analyst from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; national 10-year job growth from 2016 to 2026; national median annual salary is for 2018

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Athens State University was founded in 1822, making it the oldest continuously-operated institute of higher learning in the state of Alabama. Offering over 50 undergraduate majors and degree options, in addition to graduate programs, Athens State focuses on providing affordable, flexible, and high-quality options for all learners.

Athens State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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Classes Begin:
May 18, 2020

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May 26, 2020