Delaware has a small but solid cyber security scene. If you’re in the market for a degree from the First State, check out our list of programs. Or you can continue reading to see what’s available online, discover scholarships, and get hints on forging your career path in Dover or Wilmington.
Studying Cyber Security in Delaware
Two big universities in Delaware offer degree programs in cyber security: University of Delaware and Wilmington University. And Delaware Technical Community College supplies each with transfer students from its associate program in Information Security. Here are some highlights of the state’s academic and research agenda on cyber security:
- University of Delaware launched the Cybersecurity Initiative (CSI) in 2014 and within two years was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Beyond academics and awards, CSI keeps busy by maintaining a cyber range for student use, undertaking federally funded studies at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s research and development center, and distributing $30,000 research grants to professors throughout the university.
- Delaware takes pride in repeatedly hosting one of four Cyber Camps as part of the U.S. Cyber Challenge. The annual event draws students from the high school to graduate levels who perform well at an online competition. Invitees will be able to cheaply attend workshops on pertinent topics taught by expert trainers and faculty.
Online Cyber Security Programs in Delaware
The same two universities that maintain on-campus cyber security degrees also place their programs online. Wilmington University sticks to the undergraduate offerings, with a bachelor’s degree and two certificates. Meanwhile, the state’s biggest postsecondary institution, University of Delaware, takes care of grad students.
Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Cyber Security
Wilmington University’s BS in Computer and Network Security is available online and worth considering — it’s the only baccalaureate like it in the state in any format. Graduates of the program can sit for standard professional certifications — such as Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), CompTIA Network+ and Security+ — on their way to professional positions that focus on security (rather than more generic IT work).
Online Master’s Degrees in Cyber Security
The online Master of Science in Cybersecurity at University of Delaware is a standard two-year program that recruits programmers with baccalaureate degrees in a computer or math field. Through a combination of theoretical and technical coursework, the program aims to produce C-suite executives at companies along the Eastern seaboard.
Online Certificate Programs in Cyber Security
Wilmington University runs two non-overlapping undergraduate certificate programs that can be taken online: Digital Evidence Discovery and Digital Evidence Investigation. The former consists of five courses, ranging from criminal justice to basic computer hardware. Each course is built into the core of the school’s Computer and Network Security bachelor’s degree, which would probably be your ultimate goal anyway. Several of the courses have prerequisites, which limits the certificate’s desirability as a standalone option. The same holds true for the Digital Evidence Investigation Certificate. It’s a 15-credit program that includes three core courses from the BS program plus two that count as electives.
Cyber Security Scholarships in Delaware
There are few cyber security degrees within Delaware, which translates to few scholarships specifically for cyber security students. However, we’ve found several that cover a slightly broader array of enrollees:
Delaware Technical Community College
- Garrett Family Trust Scholarship: Full-time technology program majors at the Owens campus, including those studying Information Security, are considered for this award if they have a 2.5 GPA and financial need. Milford School District grads receive extra consideration.
- Howard Layton Endowed Scholarship: This award goes to Owens students pursuing a computer degree. Recipients must have 24 credits under their belt, boast a 3.0 GPA or better, and hail from Sussex or Kent County.
- Richard Lawson Windsor Memorial Scholarship: The Windsor Scholarship goes to students at the Owens campus Computer Technology department who hold a 3.0 through at least one semester.
Cyber Security Events in Delaware
Cyber Security Meetups & Communities in Delaware
Delaware isn’t as stacked with tech communities as neighboring Maryland or Pennsylvania, which leaves three options for people with an interest in cyber security. First, you can easily head across state lines. Wilmington residents should check for Philadelphia communities at our guide to Cybersecurity Programs in Pennsylvania. You may also consider becoming a member of professional organizations like the Delaware Valley Chapter of ISSA (Information Systems Security Association), which meets in Camden, New Jersey. Second, you can loosen your criteria. For instance, the monthly Delaware Tech Meetup in Wilmington cultivates entrepreneurs but provides networking opportunities across the startup spectrum. Third, you can join one of the cyber security communities that is going strong. We’ve found a few:
- 2600 Delaware: 2600 meetings take place across the country every first Friday of the month. They’re for hackers and InfoSec specialists to meet up and collaborate. There’s no set agenda, and no experience is required. The Delaware version meets at the Barnes and Noble in Newark.
- (ISC)2 Delaware Chapter: The International Information System Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2, has an outpost in Delaware. A professional organization, (ISC)2 welcomes students to join for free; they’ll be able to attend quarterly chapter meetings and access short workshops spanning everything from the Internet of Things to identity access. The group is based in Wilmington but often meets in Dover.
- OWASP Delaware Chapter: Wilmington’s branch of the Open Web Application Security Project has been meeting infrequently since mid-2014. Free and open to everyone, OWASP gatherings introduce attendees to application security topics via member presentations and trainings.
Cyber Security Conferences & Workshops in Delaware
A handful of annual state-level conferences welcome cyber security professionals, but most events are one-off symposiums and workshops. The UD Cybersecurity Initiative can keep you up to date through its events section, as can the Delaware Department of Technology and Information through its DigiKnow website.
- BSides Delaware: This annual two-day event is hyper-local and hyper-fun. It costs next to nothing to go and gives attendees the option of popping into multiple presentation tracks with practitioners from the region’s cyber scene, testing their skills at the Forensics Village, or playing an epic game of Capture the Flag.
- Delaware Innovation Week: The festival atmosphere is in full swing at Delaware Innovation Week in Wilmington. Entrepreneurial techies can choose between activities dotting downtown, including a developers conference, tech competitions, TEDx talks and happy hours. /li>
- Secure Delaware Workshop: Since 2010, the Secure Delaware Workshop in Dover has brought citizens and businesspeople together to learn about lines of defense against hacks. The full-day event, which is organized by the Delaware Department of Technology and Information, includes keynotes and breakout sessions divided into three tracks: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Cyber Security Jobs in Delaware
Delaware reports a slightly higher-than-average concentration of cyber security professionals in its workforce. Nonetheless, a 2016 report by CyberSeek found the state’s supply to be “very low” compared to demand, with about a third of available jobs unfilled. Employers are particularly looking for graduates who hold a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential.
Who exactly are these employers? A big one is Helm Point Solutions, a regional cyber security consulting firm with an office in Dover. JPMorgan Chase is another player, as the financial services company needs a ton of IT security specialists at its Wilmington office. Elsewhere in Wilmington, hometown chemical manufacturer DuPont is the state’s third-biggest employer and has occasional openings in security. Last, auditors and risk managers with coursework in healthcare settings can find work with the state’s second-largest employer, Christiana Care Health System, a chain of Delaware medical centers.
Cyber Security Salaries in Delaware
Delaware pairs the lowest cost of living in the Northeast with high cyber security salaries, making it an attractive destination for tech talent. Employees on the low end of the salary spectrum can expect to make $60K as information security analysts, and veterans top out at around $137,000. The median earner among Delaware’s information security analysts makes $95,000, which is five percent higher than the median U.S. employee with the same title. Change the title and you’ll get similar results. Indeed.com estimates that Delaware’s IT security specialists, security engineers and network security engineers receive salaries in line with — or better than — national averages.
All Cyber Security Programs in Delaware
Below are all the matching programs we found in our directory, from 3 Delaware schools.
University of Delaware
Delaware Technical Community College
New Castle, Delaware