Is a Cyber Security Degree Worth it? (My Tips)

I recently graduated from a 4 year Bachelors of Science cyber security program. Cyber Security is a very unique field in that a degree isn’t necessary if you have the experience. In this video I reflect on the 4 years I spent as a student and present some alternatives and options I wish I had considered.

46 Comments

  1. SecurityFWD on May 3, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Nice video!

  2. Snee Chuc on May 3, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Either way, both are much better than the military route.

  3. Alexander Viera on May 3, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    My counselor uses this saying when describing Cyber Security degrees. "Your knowledge will be a mile long but only an inch deep." You tend to learn about of things but you aren’t exactly proficient at any of those things. So I would agree that once you find the direction you want to go that you start working on certifications.

  4. The Rice King on May 3, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Computer Science is pure programming and only programming. Unless you want to be an app developers Computer Science isn’t for you.

  5. Indrit Pataj on May 3, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    That time investment (in my opinion) is bullshit. You finish high school at 18-19 boom 4 years + 2 for masters and ur 25 yo getting a 100k $ a year (and ur a cool hacking guy)

  6. OSCAR A SANTIAGO-LUGO on May 3, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Advise… come to Puerto Rico and study here

  7. I'm goin higher on May 3, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Which college did u go to?

  8. christian hernandez on May 3, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    It’s weird that you don’t move your eyeballs.

  9. Tulasi Devi on May 3, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Very helpful! Thanks Colin. I like that you’re a real person, with regular zits and a pink rock lamp.

  10. Kpease 2xi on May 3, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Do you mean that computer science better than cyper security in the college

  11. Enrique V on May 3, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Is it possible to get a job in the cyber security field if I obtain a bachelor degree in I.T.? My community college offers computer networking & CS, for a AAS. But he mentioned that PSU for example, won’t accept al my transfers credits, which will lead me to take the classes again. Any advice

  12. kromtit satpo on May 3, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    I will always be grateful to #potential_hacker @ig. He is the best in all he does, specialized in all kinds of hacking once again thanks for your help ❤️❤️

  13. Orange Fish on May 3, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Boiled down, certifications give a measure of how well you know how the sausage is made at the powershell, config t, or sudo level. A bachelors gives you some insight into the management of the resources under your purview. A master’s gives you a much broader scope of how IT fits into the success of the business overall, specifically the value of IT as a profit center and revenue generator, maybe even a leader in their critical infrastructure sector. It is the transition from the IT get it done folks to senior management and articulating the justification for IT budgets for the resources to have the super-smart IT folks, software, etc

  14. KW1LL1S on May 3, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Dude what camera is this?

  15. Murad Alm on May 3, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I really like this channel! Small Tips:
    1- Add a master volume control, so that your voice’s volume will be consistent for the whole video.
    2- Make the video transitions bit smoother. its a little bit of work but once you get it it will be fast easy after a couple of videos.

    Good luck buddy! Keep up the good work!

  16. NightShooter Web Development on May 3, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Great video, well done.

  17. karrde666666 on May 3, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    I did computer science degree, you didnt miss out on anything. You could catch up in a year and learn the most during internships as well

  18. Colin Kelly on May 3, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Want more? Check out an educational blog I’m currently building over at https://cybercareerschool.com/blog/

  19. kromtit satpo on May 3, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I will always be grateful to #potential_hacker @ig. He is the best in all he does, specialized in all kinds of hacking once again thanks for your help ❤️❤️

  20. tyshon Credle on May 3, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you for this video

  21. Which Kenny on May 3, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Going to college for a 4 years degree on IT is a waste of time and money, it’s easier to go for certificates so you’ll learn specific skills that you need, abs not filler classes that college ask you to take you to get your money.
    Cybersecurity is a hot field right now and you’ll get a job super easy.

  22. Nylah Burns on May 3, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Can you do a video on the courses you took and is coding necessary for cyber?

  23. Jefferson Cruz on May 3, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    It’s hard to get a job in cybersecurity even in an entry-level position without experience even with certifications.

  24. Tavon Min on May 3, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    I know for sure that location also matters, for instance the DMV (DC Maryland Virginia), an area that has tons of tech, cyber, federal companies. Trying to break into the security world in this area without a degree is pretty challenging because of the competition.

  25. Smoov on May 3, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    degree is useless. im 21 and work in the field already with a great salary for a mssp. it’s about experience.

    my hiring manager straight up told me “we don’t give a shit about a degree or certs, it’s about experience”

    so yes, you will run into a loop?

    i got certs, then got exp, and left my company to work where i work now.

    fuck a 4 year degree bro.

  26. Matt Archey on May 3, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    I went to psu for security and risk analysis, dropped out because I was completely failing info science and technology…I was drinking a lot. Definitely didn’t help. That was 7 years ago. I’m 31 years old now, ready to go back and major in cyber security. I don’t feel confident but I no longer party. Married with 3 kids now

  27. annie lin on May 3, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Colin I just subscribed to your channel; I have bachelor in business but I am over my 40’s and I only had case management and analyst experience. What would you recommend to do to get a certificate quickly and spend not too much monies?

  28. Ian Howell on May 3, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Interesting take, definitely found this video to be helpful.

    Recently, through my community college I was accepted into an IT apprenticeship at a bank. It includes free tuition for the rest of my associates degree. There’s the promise of a job offer after the completion of the apprenticeship and I am considering going for my bachelors.

    The time commitment is huge. I’ve seen a lot of IT people complete their degrees mid career….just to check that box. That’s I might do. Cool video, thanks!

  29. Chris Greer on May 3, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Colin, if someone hacked my Facebook account could you help me get it back?

  30. Michael Paschos on May 3, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Colin, if I already have a BS in National Security should I get a second Bachelors degree in Cyber or just get my certifications only at SANS institute? TIA!

  31. Raj Kumar Maity on May 3, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Some information is wrong….u need to understand codes

  32. alvin tey on May 3, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    i would like to ask : how is your degree compare with ECCU cybersecurity?

  33. JOHN NOKREK on May 3, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Nicely and precisely explained Colin. Thanks from John, Sydney.

  34. Aaron Austrie on May 3, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    I’m studying cs r n

  35. MedicPedic on May 3, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I ended gaining a interest for cyber security throughout my military career. Now I am using the military to get my 4 year cyber security degree, not having to pay for college will be a big help! I am still new though, is there any Certifications I can start now or that you recommend that I can do while im in school to help me get a headstart?

  36. Edward Fajardo on May 3, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you

  37. Nylah Burns on May 3, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    The thing is now it’s online and I hate it!

  38. Hentai Akuma on May 3, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    FFS those audio spikes were horrible to deal with. Other than that, it was pretty eye opening at least…

  39. M on May 3, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    What if you want to double major in computer science and cyber security?

  40. HGP Monero on May 3, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Happy for you. I am in the process of doing the same. Thanks for the motivation.

  41. gwenice on May 3, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Can you also get to Cyber Security field with I.T. course?

  42. Erwin Casildo on May 3, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    What a guy

  43. Renziz on May 3, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    thanks for making this video. its really helpful

  44. DJ C4NDYM4N on May 3, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Im starting a BS in cyber security and feel like computer science would be better, and watching this video backed it up 100%

  45. TURKISTONIM2 on May 3, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    İf l go to the BOTCAMP what do you think it is good ?????????? Bootcamp vs college

  46. J Bautista on May 3, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Congrats on the degree! Majoring for a BS in Cybersecurity, too. Yes, the benefits of college is the networking and learning the fundamentals that will help me on my certifications. Cheers!

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