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Cybersecurity and Network Engineering Bachelor's Degree Program

Program Overview

Learn Cybersecurity 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.

NEIT has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.

Career Possibilities

  • Digital Forensics Specialist
  • FBI - Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Information Security Analysts

Bachelor of Science Degree

Interested in the challenge and excitement at the leading edge of the world’s most critical security threat? Whether it’s hacking, identity theft, viruses, phishing, malware, money laundering, espionage or any other form of cyber crime, our unique bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity and Network Engineering, offered by the Information Technology Department, will get you on the front lines of this critical and fast-growing industry segment.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that security analyst positions will grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026. In addition, Steve Morgan, founder and CEO at Cybersecurity presented his Cybersecurity Industry Outlook at New England Tech in 2017. His four predications frame the cybersecurity economy between the years 2017 to 2021:

► Global spending to combat cybercrime will exceed $1 trillion between 2017 to 2021.

► Cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015.

► ​There will be 1.5 million cybersecurity job openings in the U.S. by 2019.

The program is designed for entry-level working professionals or those with an associate degree in Network Engineering or a related discipline, providing more extensive experience in the management of Local Area Networks (LANs), intranets, Wide Area Networks (WANs) and exposure to the configuration and management of web servers. 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.

You’ll dive right inside the field from your first term, learning to turn theory into practice in simulated lab environments, using industry-specific technology and software. You’ll learn best practices in the design of secure modern networks, as well as how to secure existing computers and network systems. Additional course topics also include network forensics, ethical hacking, evolving threats and the proper use of specific security tools. You’ll develop specific knowledge and working skills in:

  • VMware
  • Fortinet Unified Threat Management
  • Skytap Virtual Cloud Platform
  • Windows Operating Systems
  • Kali Linux

Our faculty have significant industry experience, and can often help you network for cooperative learning experiences and full-time positions. Associate Professor Timothy Henry, PhD, co-authored “A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology.” He also co-authored two data structure textbooks: “Data Structures and Abstractions with Java and Data Abstractions” and “Problem Solving in C++: Walls & Mirrors,” which won the 2016 McGuffey Longevity Award from the TAA.

In your final two terms, you can choose between additional coursework or a cooperative learning experience, in which you’ll receive college credit to work off campus in an organization, practicing and enhancing your technical skills while building your résumé.

As a graduate, you’ll be eligible to take internationally recognized certification exams including the CompTIA Security + and Network+ exams; the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification (CCNA); and the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA). You’ll also be qualified to pursue positions such as:

  • Network Engineer or Analyst
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Systems or Network Administrator
  • Cyber Security Network Engineer
  • Systems Operations and Maintenance Professional
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Digital Forensics and Incident Response Specialist
  •  Vulnerability Analyst
  • LAN Manager

NEIT students have completed cooperative learning experiences or landed full-time employment at companies including:

  • Amica Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Bottomline Technologies
  • Cisco
  • Citizens Bank
  • Compass IT Compliance
  • FM Global
  • General Dynamics
  • Konica Minolta Business Solutions
  • Meditech


Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Mission:

The mission of the Cybersecurity and Network Engineering bachelor program is to provide preparation for the field of information technology with a focus on cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity, information assurance, network engineering and computer support industries, and teaches students to strive towards providing and enhancing a productive business environment. The Cybersecurity and Network Engineering bachelor program is designed to provide more depth and breadth with topics learned in the Information Technology Network Engineering associate program, and to introduce more advanced concepts and practices with topics beyond what was covered in that program.

Program Goals:

  1. Through participation in a Senior Project or Internship, provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills, and the 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 lifelong 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:
Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Apply practical and theoretical Network Engineering knowledge based upon the foundation concepts defined in an integrated environment, while understanding how proper design applies to information security.
  2. Research, formulate and critique security policies regarding the collection, preservation, safeguarding and disposition of personal and organizational information by performing risk management and threat awareness.
  3. 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.
  4. Develop organizational business continuity plans and implement them by analyzing digital evidence to determine user and intruder activity on systems.
  5. 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.
  6. Provide network and system administration support with security auditing services in a responsible and ethical manner that complies with applicable laws and regulatory standards.  

Bachelor of Science Degree

  • CYB 371 Digital Forensics
  • CYB 373 Ethical Hacking
  • CYB 394 Windows Security
  • CYB 408 Linux Security
  • CYB 409 Web Application Security
  • CYB 412 Network Security
  • CYB 423 Incident Response
  • IT 374 IT Project Management
  • IT 378 Database Management
  • IT 415 Cooperative Learning I
  • IT 425 Cooperative Learning II
  • 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 415 Scaling Networks
  • NE 417 Connecting Networks
  • NE 425 Network Engineering Senior Project