With a focus on applied engineering design and robust workplace experience, the Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity Engineering will prepare a new generation of cyber professionals to defend our existing industries, institutions, and government against AI-enabled cyber-attacks.
The Cybersecurity Engineering program, offered by the Computer Science Department, is differentiated by a heavy emphasis on the engineering design of cyber defense systems (Cyber Informed Engineering) for planned critical infrastructure that enhance their agility and effectiveness when deployed.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity Engineering will also be trained to assess the cyber vulnerabilities of existing digital information and control systems, and design enhanced cyber defense measures to mitigate risk. An effective cybersecurity engineer requires a blend of operational and engineering expertise, teamwork, and a solid foundation in the principles of cybersecurity.
Students begin with a balanced introduction to cybersecurity engineering principles, software, mathematics and physics. As student expertise in these foundational topics grows, security of microprocessors, embedded systems, and other hardware is presented. In the upper-level courses, students get more extensive experience engineering solutions to problems in cloud security, local- and wide-area-networks, and develop and test robust incident response plans.
Throughout the program students apply practical cybersecurity theory, engineering principles and ethics to real-life cyber incidents and digital infrastructure issues in hands-on scenarios. The curriculum focuses on providing students with the skillset they need to properly design, deploy and secure information technology systems in a wide range of environments. Students learn how operating systems along with core hardware and networking technology play a critical role in cyber operations. Students are introduced to the current cyber threat landscape and taught how to assess risk and plan for threats in both the business and personal realms.
In addition to traditional engineering studies, students will apply knowledge and skills on NEIT’s new CyberBit range. To cap off their experiential learning, students will be expected to engage in a multi-term cooperative learning (Co-Op) opportunity with regional employers. NEIT’s Career Services office will assist students in obtaining a Co-Op position. In their senior year, students have an opportunity to work on a final capstone engineering project. Each student works with a faculty member to develop and present a project that focuses in-depth on a specific cyber defense engineering area and integrates knowledge gained throughout the program into a practical solution.
Upon completion of their degrees, graduates are prepared for positions like cybersecurity engineering, systems operations and maintenance professional, network security specialist, digital forensics and incident response specialist, and vulnerability analyst. and cybersecurity engineer. While the emphasis of the program is on cybersecurity engineering, graduates are qualified for positions advertised as network administrators, network engineers and network analysts. Upon successful completion of this program, students can also continue into the NEIT Master of Science in Cybersecurity Defense degree program.
The Bachelor of Science Degree program in Cybersecurity Engineering is being developed using the criteria of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Application for a Readiness Review by ABET will be submitted at the earliest possible date, September 2026.
Potential Career Opportunities
Degree programs in Cybersecurity Engineering open up several exciting positions for students. Graduates can find work as a:
Digital Forensics Specialist
Cybersecurity Engineer or Analyst
Information Security Analyst
Network Engineer or Analyst
Systems or Network Administrator
Network Security Specialist
Incident Response Specialist