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Cyber security is one of the few fields in which having a busy year is not always a good thing, since it indicates rampant criminal activity. When you earn your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security from Grand Canyon University, you will be well-equipped to take on the continually evolving challenges in this industry. As the year 2018 unfolds, keep an eye out for the following emerging trends:

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If the name Amazon popped into your head upon seeing the words “online shopping,” you are probably not alone. Tens of millions of people rely on the Internet giant and other e-commerce stores for everything from diapers to gluten-free flours. Every time a transaction is made on these sites, a shopper’s full name, address and credit card information is sent to a server. To save time, repeat customers often store their sensitive information with the e-commerce site, potentially posing a significant risk in the event of a data breach. If you choose a degree in information technology with an emphasis in cyber security, you can put your God-given talent to work by helping to protect people in your community and throughout the country from online thieves.

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Cyber warfare is a huge problem and is constantly threatening our way of life. More than 4,000 ransomware attacks occur each day, according to the FBI. As the threat continues, so does the demand for cyber security workers. Grand Canyon University is contributing to the fight against cyber warfare by partnering with the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance and Arizona Cyber Warfare Ranger (AZCWR) to open a new cyber security facility within the GCU Innovation Center, which is located at 27th Avenue and Camelback Road.

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By Josiah Jibben
Computer Science Major, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

By Chandler van Dyke
Computer Science Major, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

While choosing a college major, you may find yourself considering a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) major. STEM majors are appealing for several reasons, including diversity, challenge, industry job growth, compensation and personal satisfaction. Grand Canyon University offers several STEM programs in computer science, information technology, engineering and computer programming. By looking at the goals, technologies and career opportunities in each major, you may be able to decide which STEM major is right for you:

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Morgan Melton is junior at Grand Canyon University and studying information technology with an emphasis in cyber security. Morgan’s favorite memory since being a GCU student takes us back to his freshman year: He had just transferred into his first computer class and knew nothing about the subject. He went to his professor’s office and told him, “I know nothing special about computers, but teach me everything you possibly can.”

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By Shaun Wang
Computer Science Major, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Mac or Windows? The decades-old question remains unsolved. A lot of times the decision is not based on computer alone, but rather on user preference and finances. This blog will explore the which computer is best for computer science students and how to choose specs based on long-term need while in the program.

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Cyber forensics faces similar issues to other forensic disciplines and uses comparable processes. However, this field involves collecting, analyzing and reporting on digital information while using methods that allow for legal admission. Cyber forensics can be used to prevent and detect crime as well as provide digital evidence to settle disputes. If you think that you’d enjoy learning about cyber forensics investigations as part of your coursework, then consider Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cyber Security degree. This degree is designed to ready you for an IT career working with software technology and tools, IT-driven business, cyber security and enterprise information systems.

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Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Big Data Analytics program is designed to help students develop a foundational skillset for the modeling, statistical analysis and mining of data from a broad range of sources. Students develop software that converts raw data into actionable information. If you’re considering this degree, then read on to learn more about what to expect from the program:

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By Deborah Haralson
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

This summer, we had a great opportunity to host a Phoenix Comicon panel on “Cyber Security in Star Wars.” While researching for the topic, we began to realize that the Empire provides numerous examples of what can go wrong (and how) here on earth when implementing business-class, enterprise-caliber security policy. Examples include:

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Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Big Data Analytics program allows students to explore the foundations that promote innovators of technology and leaders in business. The competencies and skills that students develop in this program can ready them for data-based decision-making, data mining and interpretation, pattern analysis, large-scale data processing and the creative application of software development. Offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, this computer science degree can prepare you to work as a professional in big data analysis and software development. The following are some of the career options that graduates the computer science with an emphasis in big data analytics degree program often consider:

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