Learn Cyber Security and Network Engineering best practices in the design of secure modern networks, as well as how to secure existing computers and network systems. Combining security theory and hands-on practices, course topics include computer systems, mobile and network forensics, Windows and Linux security, incident response, evolving threats and the proper use of specific security tools.
Bachelor of Science Degree
The Information Technology Department offers two specializations as part of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: Software Engineering and Cyber Security and Network Engineering. Information Technology has become the backbone of business, technology and industry. The curriculum includes core topics in the realm of cyber security, such as: computer systems, mobile and network forensics, Windows and Linux security and incident response. The program also provides students with extensive experience in the management of Local Area Networks (LANs), intranets, Wide Area Networks (WANs) and exposure to configuring and managing web servers.
The emphasis of this program is on how specific computer applications solve business issues. The analysis and design of systems is covered to expose students to problems that may be expected on the job. Students learn to program in languages in demand in the workplace. Further, students are introduced to current software packages for word processing and database management. Students are also prepared to meet the technical needs of a business office through Microsoft and networking courses that introduce students to LAN administration.
Courses in network engineering provide a focus in network administration and infrastructure. The curriculum has been designed to include an understanding of operating systems, the infrastructure that connects computers, and the networks they form. The curriculum provides training in both Microsoft Windows and Linux Operating Systems. The program includes the appropriate theory of personal computer configuration and maintenance and repair techniques required to succeed in a dynamically changing workplace. Laboratory projects have been developed to simulate actual workplace scenarios and to provide hands-on troubleshooting experience.
The cyber security courses in the program are designed to prepare students for careers in the network security industry. The curriculum includes core topics in the realm of cyber security, such as: computer systems, mobile and network forensics, Windows and Linux security and incident response. Students will learn best practices for the design of secure modern networks as well as how to secure existing computers and networks. Students will learn about evolving threats and the proper use of specific security tools. Both security theory and hands-on practice are stressed.
A key feature of these programs is a senior project and the choice between additional coursework or a cooperative learning experience in the final two quarters. In the senior project, each student works with a faculty member to develop and present a project that focuses in depth on a particular topic and allows students to bring together knowledge gained throughout the program.
The cooperative learning experience, based on industry demand and with the approval of the IT Department Chair or designee, may be available during the final two quarters of the program. These experiences, which may be paid or unpaid, allow students to receive college credit and to work off campus in an organization where they will practice and enhance their technical skills. Typically, and when available, students will work in the same organization for the final two quarters of the bachelor's degree program.
Graduates of this program will be eligible to take such internationally recognized certification exams as the CompTIA Security + and Network+ exams, the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification (CCNA), and the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA).
With a bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security and Network Engineering, students can compete for positions like: systems operations and maintenance professional, network security specialist, digital forensics and incident response specialist, vulnerability analyst, and LAN managers. Positions in law enforcement will also be attainable. While the emphasis of the program is on network security, graduates are qualified for positions advertised as network administrators, network engineers and network analysts.
The mission of the Cyber Security and Network Engineering bachelor program is to prepare students for the field of information technology with a focus on cyber security and network engineering. Through a combination of theory, labs, and optional field experience, the program emphasizes application of knowledge to the specifications and requirements of the cyber security, information assurance, network engineering, and computer support industries, and teaches students to strive towards providing and enhancing a secure business computing environment.
1. Introduce students to some of the objectives for various entry level industry certifications, and help prepare students to acquire those certifications.
2. Through participation in a Senior Project or Internship, students will acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills, and professional attitude necessary to function as an IT professional requiring intermediate and advanced skills.
3. Educate students in the skills required to gather and analyze information required to successfully translate business scenarios into technical solutions through appropriate design, implementation, and troubleshooting.
4. Cultivate every student’s ability to critically analyze advanced IT problems, and efficiently and correctly troubleshoot those problems.
5. Provide an environment that encourages self-learning and lifelong learning by furthering each student’s ability to adapt to and incorporate new concepts, ideas, and evolving technologies.
6. Strive to instill in each student a sense of professional commitment and integrity with respect to the security and privacy of clientele and information, the rights of copyright holders, and the inherent responsibilities of license users.
7. Help prepare students to acquire various entry and intermediate level industry certifications.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Follow and meet objectives of a project plan and recognize the need for adaptation, adjustments, and restructuring of the plan, both as an individual IT professional, and in a team environment.
2. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with supervisors, team members and clients. In particular students should exhibit lucid, clear and concise technical and professional communication as well as be able to communicate complex technical ideas in layman’s terms to non-technically trained people.
3. Provide network and computer support in a responsible and ethical manner, and comprehend and comply with applicable laws and regulatory standards.
4. Organize, compile and maintain information security documentation.
5. Understand how physical and logical network topologies and operation apply to information security.
6. Analyze and apply ethical and legal concepts related to information assurance and cyber security.
7. Analyze and understand risk management and threat awareness.
8. Analyze digital evidence to determine user and intruder activity on systems.
9. Research, formulate and critique security policies regarding the collection, preservation, safeguarding and disposition of log data and personally identifiable information.
10. Research, formulate and critique security policies regarding the security of computer systems and the services that they provide.
11. Plan, design, implement, analyze, integrate, and troubleshoot simple and complex networks via participation in a Senior Project or Internship.
12. Create, follow, and meet objectives of a project plan and recognize the need for adaptation, adjustments, and restructuring of the plan, both as an individual IT professional, and in a team environment.
13. Apply practical and theoretical network engineering knowledge based upon the foundation concepts defined in an integrated environment.
14. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with supervisors, subordinates, team members and clients. In particular students should exhibit lucid, clear and concise technical and professional communication as well as be able to communicate complex technical ideas in layman’s terms to non-technically trained people.
15. Provide network and computer support in a responsible and ethical manner, and comprehend and comply with applicable laws and regulatory standards.
16. Respect different cultures, customs, and professional technical methods and procedures inherent in an industry with many differences based on locality or region.
Bachelor of Science Degree
- CYB 371 Digital Forensics
- CYB 373 Penetration Testing
- CYB 394 Windows Security
- CYB 408 Linux Security
- CYB 409 Web Application Security
- CYB 412 Network Security
- CYB 423 Incident Response
- IT 121 IT Visual Communications
- IT 260 Internship
- IT 374 IT Project Management
- IT 378 Database Management
- IT 415 Cooperative Learning I
- IT 425 Cooperative Learning II
- MGM 115 Effective Management of Teams and Projects
- NE 115 Computer and Networking Fundamentals
- NE 121 Windows Networking Essentials
- NE 131 Networking for Small Businesses
- NE 244 Desktop OS Troubleshooting
- NE 245 Introduction to Networks
- NE 247 Windows Server
- NE 255 Linux Essentials
- NE 257 Routing and Switching Essentials
- NE 259 Windows Server Lab
- NE 265 AS Capstone Project
- NE 267 Introduction to Information Security
- NE 371 Network Scripting
- NE 381 Design and Implementation of an Active Directory Network
- NE 385 Linux System Administration
- NE 405 Mail Servers
- NE 406 Router Security and Firewall Management
- NE 407 Virtualization
- NE 409 Apple OS System Administration
- NE 415 Scaling Networks
- NE 417 Connecting Networks
- NE 425 Network Engineering Senior Project
- SE 114 Programming Essentials Using C++
- SE 124 Intermediate Programming Using C++
- SE 133 Database Management
- Technical Electives
- IT 267 IT Ethics and Professional Development
- EST 236 Microprocessor Control Systems
- MGM 214 Marketing Communications
- MGM 264 Sales and Service Management
- NE 268 Wireless Networks