Cybercrime, stolen identities, lost electronic files, information theft ... so many things can go wrong in our dependence on computer and Internet information. Cyber security — protecting electronic files — affects every aspect of our lives, from home and workplace to homeland security.

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security is the science of gathering, preserving and analyzing the data found in digital devices. The term is often used in relation to solving cybercrime and describes a chain-of-evidence process to gather electronic data in a way that can be used in a court of law.

Are you a problem-solver with a mind for details? A professional who wants to improve your computer skills and career possibilities? Consider the Digital Forensics program — it’s a fast track to a high-paying and urgently needed career path.

Cyber Security At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Cyber Security jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher.
Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Career Opportunities

Computer forensics is used by attorneys, private investigators, businesses, government agencies, law enforcement agencies and a variety of other businesses. Possible career paths include:

  • Computer forensics analyst
  • Counterintelligence studies and policies analyst
  • Data restoration specialist
  • Digital forensics security consultant
  • E-discovery and data restoration specialist
  • Forensics analyst, consultant or service technician
  • Information systems security analyst
  • Network and data security manager
  • Systems administrator
  • Technology risk management professional

Digital Forensics Program Nationally Recognized

In December 2014, Richland College was designated as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence, by the Defense Cyber Crime Center, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Why is This a Good Career Bet? 

Information security analysts are a targeted occupation in Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ top local job projections. An estimated 1,450 job openings are expected this year at an average wage of $44.60 an hour. There are 4,720 projected positions for computer and information systems managers at an average wage of $67.76 per hour.  

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects an increase of 31 percent in positions for information security analysts through 2024, with 32 percent increase for computer systems analysts and 21 percent for network administrators.

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Degrees or Certificates in Cyber Security

Richland College
Cyber Security is a program unique to Richland College among the colleges of DCCCD.

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HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit