Cyber Security

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Information Technology Department offers three concentrations as part of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: Software Engineering Technology, Network Engineering Technology and Cyber Security Technology.

A key feature of these programs is the choice between the senior project and the 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 the student 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, 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 degree program.

Software Engineering Technology
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Software Engineering Technology builds upon the knowledge of the associate degree to give the student a broader exposure to programming languages, especially object-oriented languages, and deeper experience in database design, development and implementation.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to apply for positions such as system developer, analyst, programmer, database specialist, software engineer, web programmer, planner or developer.

Network Engineering Technology
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Network Engineering Technology continues on the base built during the associate degree to give the student more extensive experience in the management of Local Area Networks (LANs), intranets, Wide Area Networks (WANs) and exposure to configuring and managing web servers.

Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to apply for positions as network security specialists, LAN managers, network administrators, network engineers and network analysts.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to take such internationally recognized certification exams as the CompTIA Security + and Network+ exams and the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA).

Cyber Security Technology
The Cyber Security program is designed to prepare students for a rewarding career in the Network Security industry. The Bachelor of Science degree is ideal for students who already possess an Associate degree in Network Engineering or related discipline. 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.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Cyber Security students can compete for positions like: Systems Operations & Maintenance Professional, Network Security Specialist, Digital Forensics and Incident Response Specialist and Vulnerability Analyst. 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.

 

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Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission:
The mission of the Information Technology Cyber Security Bachelor program is to  prepare students for the field of information technology with a concentration in cyber security. 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, or Information Assurance, industry and teaches students to strive towards providing and enhancing a secure business computing environment. The Information Technology Cyber Security Bachelor program is designed to provide more depth and breadth to topics learned in the Information Technology Network Engineering Associates program, and to introduce more advanced security topics and concepts beyond the Information Technology Network Engineering Associates program.

Program Goals:
1. Through participation in a Senior Project or Externship,  students will acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills, and professional attitude necessary to function as an IT professional requiring intermediate and advanced skills.
2. 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.
3.  Cultivate every student’s ability to critically analyze advanced IT problems, and efficiently and correctly troubleshoot those problems.
4. Provide an environment that encourages self-learning and life-long learning by furthering each student’s ability to adapt to and incorporate new concepts, ideas, and evolving technologies.
5. 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.
6. Help prepare students to acquire  various entry and intermediate level industry certifications.

Program outcomes: 
1 Organize, compile and maintain information security documentation.
2 Understand how physical and logical network topologies and operation apply to information security.
3 Analyze and apply ethical and legal concepts related to information assurance and cyber security.
4  Analyze and understand risk management and threat awareness.
5 Analyze digital evidence to determine user and intruder activity on systems.
6 Research, formulate and critique security policies regarding the collection, preservation, safeguarding and disposition of log data.
7 Research, formulate and critique security policies regarding the collection, preservation, safeguarding and disposition of personally identifiable information.
8 Research, formulate and critique security policies regarding the security of computer systems and the services that they provide.

 Courses Offered

NE 371 Networking Scripting
CYB 371 Digital Forensics
CYB 373 Penetration Testing
NE 381 Design and Implementation of an Active Directory Network
NE 402 Linux System Administration
CYB 392 Mobile Forensics
CYB 394 Windows Security
NE 395 Internet Servers
NE 406 Router Security and Firewall Management
CYB 408 Linux Security
CJ 404 Digital Forensics Investigations and Applications
NE 407 Virtualization
CYB 410 Introduction to Senior Project
CYB 412 Network Security
OR
IT 410 Cooperative Learning I
CYB 422 Web Application Security
CYB 423 Incident Response
CYB 424 Senior Project
ELECTIVE Humanities (or Arts/Foreign Language) Core
OR
IT 420 Cooperative Learning II