The BS program in cybersecurity provides a strong foundation in both networking and computer science and is based on faculty, facilities, and research resources in both the Department of Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology and the Department of Computer Science, as well as, support by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students can choose the general option which requires a minor, or pursue one of the in depth concentrations aligned with the content focus areas recommended by the National Security Agency (NSA). This interdepartmental program is designed to prepare students for careers as cybersecurity experts in identifying system vulnerabilities, detecting cyber-attacks, and securing information assets.
- Understand the up-to-date concepts, technologies, design issues, and tools in cybersecurity
- Understand cybersecurity policies and laws and exhibit ethical and legal responsibilities
- Demonstrate the capability of software tools utilization and development including operating system, database, and application. Be able to analyze threats, identify vulnerabilities, and develop security solutions.
- Demonstrate the capability of hardware development and system administration to design, implement, and analyze electronic, network and server systems. Be able to assess, implement, and manage security needs to defend the systems.
- Apply the knowledge and skills of information assurance and penetration testing to conduct risk and liability assessments and test the effectiveness of security measures.
- Apply the knowledge and skills of digital investigation to identify and preserve the digital evidence.
- Recognize the need for and demonstrate the ability to engage in lifelong learning in cybersecurity careers.