April 28, 2021

Considering Masters in Cybersecurity

I have been a cybersecurity consultant for a little over 6 years now, at present I am a Senior Consultant for a multinational consulting firm. Started off with Network assessments, configuration assessments, vulnerability management and dabbled in web applications testing but did not find the work I was doing interesting. Also witnessed the advent of technical assessments moving towards automation and decided to switch to Audits and compliance for the last 4 years. I am also ISO 27k1 certified.
Over the past few months, I’ve been feeling that if I want to grow into a cyber security operations management position, I need to reconnect with the technology side of things, at least when it comes to forensics, Incident response, encryption, and upcoming security technology. I havent worked hands on for so long that I’ve forgotten what a linux terminal looked like. It is thus that I am considering going back to school.
So in summary: 6+ years of experience. Strong network and system concepts. Strong knowledge of cyber security best practices and standards Elementary programming skills (shell, python)

Are there any programs out there that would be compatible with someone with my background, especially my lack of technical exposure over the last few years? I am not keen on MS in CS with a cyber security track but what about programs like JHUs MSSI?



With all that experience, I’m not sure that a master’s degree would make much of a difference for getting hired, and I didn’t feel that my master’s degree helped at all in advancing my technical skills.

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