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The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Operations and Management program prepares students to become cybersecurity leaders in defending organizations against increasingly more sophisticated cyber threats. Students learn to secure IT environments and infrastructure, design, secure programs, lead forensic investigations across an organization, and manage cyber risks.   The program has been developed with national leaders and incorporates the must current thinking and curriculum in cybersecurity.  This innovative program positions cybersecurity graduates to immediately step into cybersecurity roles within the private and public sector.  The program is multi-disciplinary, and integrates computer science and engineering, math, legal, and cyber-management courses.  It is further designed to align with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework which is a partnership between government, private sector and academia and focused on education, training and workforce development; and led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Courses are also aligned with the National Security Agency’s (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) criteria.

The program allows students to pursue the concentration best suited to their aptitude – this includes an option for a cyber management and leadership track or a cyber operations management track. It also includes extensive hands-on requirements in which students participate in applied and research-based projects, internship and/or an occupational practicum to gain real-world experience.

The demand in cyber security is high. Currently there are over 300,000 job openings and approximately 747,000 people employed in the cyber security workforce (Source:  http://cyberseek.org/heatmap.html).


Potential Job Titles for This Degree Could Include:

• Director/Manager of Information Security • Cyber Compliance Assessor
• Information System Security Officer (ISSO) • Compliance/Information Manager
• Information System Security Manager (ISSM) • Director/Manager of Governance, Risk, and Compliance
• Cybersecurity Analyst/Specialist • Information Assurance Director/Manager
• Cybersecurity Architect • Risk Manager/Analyst

Program Goals
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Operations and Management can:

  • Understand modern digital infrastructures and information technology systems.
  • Apply risk analysis techniques, skills, and tools necessary for best practice cybersecurity operations.
  • Apply critical reasoning techniques to analyze a problem or threat response, and identify and define the business-oriented cybersecurity computing requirements.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a secure computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet cybersecurity needs.
  • Conduct cybersecurity forensic investigations.
  • Develop synergy with information technology teams to accomplish business or organizational goals.
  • Communicate effectively with a wide range of information technology users and business leadership.

Core Courses – 35 credits

Students are required to complete 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science Degree. The following 11 courses comprise the required core courses of the Cybersecurity Operations and Management degree program. The credit value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

 CYOM 105  Introduction to Cybersecurity  (3 credits)
 CYOM 130  Cybersecurity Ethics and Policy  (3 credits)
 CISC 120  Fundamentals of Computing  (4 credits)
 CYOM 215  Critical Thinking, Reasoning and Analysis in Cybersecurity  (3 credits)
 MEBA 220  Principles of Business Management  (3 credits)
 CYOM 230  Cyber Defense  (3 credits)
 CYOM 322  Fundamental Security Design Principles  (3 credits)
 CYOM 340  Cybersecurity Systems Administration  (3 credits)
 CISC 225  Information Systems Design and Analysis  (4 credits)
 CYOM 410  Cloud Cybersecurity and Governance  (3 credits)
 CYOM 430  Principles of Secure Database Design Systems  (3 credits)

Experiential Courses – 9 credits

 CYOM 398  Project I  (3 credits)
 CYOM 498  Project II  (3 credits)
 CYOM 499  Occupational Practicum or CYOM 365 Internship  (3 credits)

Concentrations

Cyber Management and Leadership
Cyber Operations Management