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Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Networking

IT oriented degree is suitable for careers in:  network administration, IT security, firewalling support, penetration testing, packet analysis, and other IT support roles within the networking, security, or IT departments of the organization.

Program Description

This degree program, designed by faculty and industry professionals, will provide you with the opportunity to study aspects of computing and technology related to TCP/IP networking, telecommunication, and computer security. In particular, this program allows for a broad background in both technology security as well as basic networking skills during the first three years of study and then allows you to develop a focus area which serves as a major. The focus area serves to provide you with specific skills in a variety of suggested areas which will lead to a range of diverse careers using technology and security in industry.

Program Objectives

This program focuses on hands-on knowledge of computers, routers, switches, and other technologies as a basis for study and adds a security focus to provide insight into the technology needs of modern corporations who deal with both hacking, internal threats, error and audit as part of the IT specialization.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Required Courses

SEC 100 Introduction to Personal Computer Hardware 
SEC 200 Introduction to Computer Security Techniques
SEC 230 Networking and Telecommunications
SEC 231 Advanced Networking
SEC 300 Security Techniques II
SEC 320 Digital Forensics I
SEC 330 Penetration Testing I 
SEC 340 Code, Codemakers and Codebreakers – A Beginning Class for Cryptography
SEC 432 Network Analysis
SEC 450 Law for Networking, Security & Forensic Professionals
SEC 469 Internship in Networking and Security

Required Focus Area
Students must select a 12 credit focus area of SEC courses at the 300 level or above. Examples of focus areas include digital forensics, general networking, networking and security, or security audit. Other technology courses may be considered in discussion with the student’s advisor.

Requirements in Other Departments

IDS 210
ECON 111 or ECON 112 or ACCT 201
BUSN 408 or SEC 451
COMSC 110/Lab
COMSC 111/Lab
SEC 205 or SEC 210
MATH 124

Additional Recommended Courses

MATH 213 and MATH 214

Three additional courses from the College of Arts and Sciences (required skills courses, or their prerequisites, and other required support courses for the major, cannot be used to satisfy this requirement).

Core Curriculum 30 credits

Includes two writing courses (including, Expository Writing or the equivalent); a Mathematics skills course; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Science; and additional liberal arts electives for a total of 30 credits.

Electives 20 credits

Total Credits required to Graduate 120 credits

Course Descriptions

SEC 100/CIS 100 – Introduction to Personal Computer Hardware
Cross-listed as CIS 100 This course introduces the fundamentals of personal computer (PC) hardware. This hands-on course is taught in a laboratory and exposes the student to technology from a practical perspective. In the course, students will build a personal computer, install networking and operating systems components, learn basic networking, and testing methodologies. In addition, students will install two different operating systems in their computer and learn to use various testing and applications software. (3 credits) Fall

SEC 200 – Introduction to Computer Security Techniques
Prerequisites: SEC 100 or permission of instructor This course is an introduction to techniques used in business for managing the security component of information technology. Focus is on the development and maintenance of cyber-security, information assurance, and the security organization. Students will study both strategic and tactical approaches to security development and analysis. The course includes laboratory exercises in penetration testing, network analysis, and other hands-on security techniques. (3 credits) Fall

SEC 230 – Networking and Telecommunications
Cross-listed as CIS 375 Prerequisite: SEC 100, COMSC 110 or permission of instructor Introduction to basic data communications concepts and their application to local area networks through lectures, discussions of case studies, and hands-on projects. The class focuses on the TCP/IP model of networking and the various details involved in packet based networks and the exchange of electronic information over a variety of media. (3 credits) Fall

SEC 231 – Advanced Networking
Cross-listed as CIS 380 Prerequisites: SEC 230 or permission of instructor This is a course in applied networking which focuses on the development of networking solutions in organizations. This course uses hands-on routing, switching and cabling to develop skills in connectivity, firewalling, and server administration in the DMZ. Additional material focuses on the development of various routing technologies and protocols as well as inter and intra network communications. (3 credits) Spring

SEC 300 – Security Techniques II
Prerequisite: SEC 200 or permission of the instructor This course focuses on the ISACA COBIT methodology used in the exams like CISA and develops the idea of audit and assurance for technology professionals who may be required to oversee, develop, or conduct such audits in compliance with Federal or other legislation which may impact their organization. (3 credits)

SEC 320 – Digital Forensics I
Prerequisite: SEC 200 or permission of instructor This course introduces students to techniques used in law enforcement and corporate litigation to recover and examine electronic media in a forensically sound fashion. The course includes the use of commercial forensics packages and the development of full analysis of media for presentation to corporate security officers, law enforcement, or the legal system. Students will learn to examine hardware, maintain chain of custody, create forensic images, analysis forensic images, and develop analytical reports for presentation. The course is typically offered online but has hands on lab components. (3 credits) Fall

SEC 330 – Penetration Testing I
Prerequisite: SEC 200 or permission of instructor A technical, hands-on course focused on hacking and counter-hacking methods. The course revolves around tools using in exploiting weaknesses in a typical network environment (pen tests) and the defense and correction of these weaknesses. Topics include physical security, social engineering, reconnaissance, scanning, exploits, web server hacking, server hardening, securing networks, and vulnerability testing. (3 credits) Spring

SEC 340 – Codes, Codemakers and Codebreakers – A Beginning Class for Cryptography
Prerequisites: SEC 200 or permission of instructor This course is a historical introduction to the evolution of cryptography intended for a general audience. Introduction to technical terms and foundations of cryptography is accompanied by story-telling from the cipher of Mary Queen of Scots, to Vigenere cipher, then to cracking the enigma of WWI, then to Lorenz cipher and Colossus during WWII, till the potential Quantum cryptography. We follow the development of codes and code-breaking from military espionage in ancient Greece to deciphering hieroglyphics via the Rosetta stone to modern computer ciphers. Frequency analysis, onetime-pad security, and public key cryptography will be introduced in this course. (3 credits) Spring

SEC 432 – Network Analysis
Prerequisite: SEC 231 or permission of instructor This course is hands-on in the laboratory and focuses on the development of telecommunications networks in a conceptual sense. The course primarily focuses on the development of tools, presentation, budget, and other testing methodology to adequately plan and design both simple and complex networks in the production environment. Includes testing of basic designs and simulation. (3 credits)

SEC 450 – Law for Networking, Security and Forensic Professionals
Prerequisite: SEC 350 & Junior Standing This course specifically focuses on rights, ethics, and policy in accordance primarily with US law in terms of the practice of digital forensics and security. Discussions include areas of law which may specifically apply to forensics or networking/security professionals (e.g. 4th Amendment, Evidence, International law,) and other legal areas which typically have an impact on a digital case. This course may be offered online. (3 credits) Spring

SEC 469 – Internship Students in Forensics, Networking & Security
Security Assurance Studies majors are required to complete a 3 credit internship in their area of study. Students should register for SEC 469 once they have arranged their internship with the employer. This course requires approval of the internship coordinator. Grading is Pass/Fail. (3 credits)

IDS 210 – Effective Speaking Across Audiences
This class is designed to give the School of Continuing Studies student experience in the practice of researching, preparing, analyzing, and delivering public and personal presentations most often found in the workplace. One of the primary focuses of this course is to connect the role and practice of public speaking to students’ current or future career goals. The course frames public speaking from a real world, professional approach. The interplay between audience analysis and speaker goals, and the development of personal style is emphasized. Assignments are relevant to adult learners and/or students in the professional world/ workplace. Various types of oral presentations in a variety of settings including interviews, small groups, board meetings, public forums and computer-enhanced speaking opportunities are explored. Students will ultimately gain confidence in their ability to organize and prepare clear, concise and interesting oral presentations to multiple stakeholders needed to meet current and future career goals. (3 Credits) Fall, Spring, Summer I

ECON 111 – Principles of Microeconomics
Students who have completed ECON 102 will not receive credit for ECON 111 An introduction to the modern market economy as a system of dealing with the problem of scarcity and choices made by individuals and businesses. Topics include resource allocation, price mechanism, supply and demand, optimizing economic behavior, costs and revenue, various market structures, market failure, government intervention and comparative advantage. The basic tools of microeconomic analysis will be applied to topics of current interest such as minimum wage legislation and competition policy. (3 credits)

ECON 112 – Principles of Macroeconomics
Students who have completed ECON 101 will not receive credit for ECON 112 An introduction to the study of the national economy. The measurement, causes, and implications of inflation, unemployment, and recessions are examined, as are the effects of government fiscal and monetary policies. Topics covered include the Keynesian and Classical theories of output and price determination, the Federal Reserve System, and the application of macro theories to events of current interest. (3 credits)

ACCTG 201 – Accounting I: Financial
A study of the fundamentals of accounting, with an emphasis on the use of economic data in the decision-making process. Topics covered include: forms of business organizations, financing options, and financial statement analysis. The ability to analyze financial statements is the overall goal of this course. Topics include inventory, property (plant and equipment/natural resources/ intangibles), liabilities, stockholder equity, investments, statement of cash flows. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

BUSN 408 – Business Ethics
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor Explores the ethical and social issues that confront people in working in organizations. Examines representative frameworks for ethical decision-making, both Western and non-Western. The course is applied in its orientation and provides experience-making decisions about ethical and social issues using these frameworks as guides. (3 credits) Spring

SEC 451 – Intelligence in War, Business, and Law Enforcement
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor This course familiarizes students with the basics of intelligence as a tool of decision making in three disciplines: national security, business, and law enforcement. Students will learn common intelligence principles and practices for each discipline, as well as departures from those commonalities and expected outcomes from the use of intelligence. Although this is a survey course, students will be given exposure to practical issues of intelligence where they will learn to judge the effectiveness of practice and development of intelligence. (3 credits) Fall

COMSC 110 – Introduction to Computer Science & Lab
A broad-based introduction to the core concepts of computer science with an emphasis on program design. Topics include basic algorithms and data structures, recursion, event-handling, and object-oriented concepts. The course employs the Java programming language to develop interactive applets designed to run within the student’s World Wide Web home page. (4 credits) Fall

COMSC 111 – Data Structures & Lab
Prerequisite: COMSC 110 This course is designed to build on the student’s basic programming knowledge. Major emphasis is placed on object-oriented design, programming methodology, data structures, and abstract data types as tools for analysis, design, and implementation of software modules to meet specified requirements. Students will learn and employ several well-known data structures and algorithms. Techniques of searching, sorting, recursion, and hashing will be examined. Data structures such as sets, heaps, linked lists, stacks, queues, and trees will covered. There is an introduction into the consideration of complexity and efficiency of algorithms. Students will implement software solutions by employing problem decomposition and selecting the appropriate algorithms and abstract data types. (4 credits) Spring

SEC 205 – C++ Programming
This is a basic programming course to introduce technology professionals to the C and C++ language particularly as they relate to GCC/G++. Basic algorithms and structures are covered but with a focus on the use of C++ in networking scripts, linux based platforms, and application troubleshooting in systems. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

SEC 210 – Linux Shell Scripting
Prerequisites: COMSC 110 This course introduces students to scripting as a programming tool. Scripting is commonly used as a mechanism for network administration in many different environments and basic skills in this area will strengthen the student’s knowledge of both operating systems and command line interfaces. Scripting in bash, ksh, csh are components as well as an introduction to basic database tools in mysql. (3 credits) Spring

MATH 124 – Basic Statistics
Fulfills the University Core Curriculum requirement in mathematics Emphasizes descriptive statistics, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

MATH 213 – Calculus I and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Mathematics Core Concentration Fulfills the University Core Curriculum requirement in mathematics Prerequisite: Successful completion (C- or better) of MATH 136 or placement by examination Covers the differential calculus of a single variable and introduces integration. Topics include limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of derivatives to rates of change, optimization, and curve sketching, and the Fundamental Theorem. The laboratory component involves use of computer algebra software. (4 credits) Fall, Spring

MATH 214 – Calculus II and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Mathematics Core Concentration Fulfills the University Core Curriculum requirement in mathematics Prerequisite: Successful completion (C- or higher) of MATH 213 Covers the integral calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions and its applications. Topics include elementary differential equations, computation of areas, volumes, work and other physical quantities, integration techniques, improper integrals, and infinite series. The laboratory component Involves use of computer algebra software. (4 credits) Fall, Spring

Outcomes

  • Develop CyberSecurity professionals who have insight into the technology needs of modern corporations who deal with both hacking, internal threats, error and audit as part of the IT specialization.
  • Strengthen the field of competent CyberSecurity professionals who have a hands-on understanding of computers, routers, switches, and other technologies.
  • Create CyberSecurity professionals with a solid academic foundation for recovering digital assets from hardware and network sources.
  • Provide CyberSecurity professionals with critical understanding of CyberSecurity laws and report building skills to build and deliver high quality reports in criminal cases.