Cybersecurity Operations Specialization

The security of today's businesses offers complex technical challenges, often involving multiple computers, operating systems, databases, and network services. These situations may involve multiple countries and cultures as well as complex legal and policy issues. People with this background and these skills are in high demand and can help contribute to the security of our digital information.

This 15-credit specialization:

  • provides a foundation for understanding how computers and networks communicate securely;

  • builds on that foundation with courses designed to help students understand the nature and impact of cyber threats, as well as how to prevent them;

  • gives students experience dealing with situations involving sensitive data for individual users, corporate users, and government agencies; and

  • prepares students for a technical position in cybersecurity operations.

Upon completion of this specialization, you will be able to:

  • understand the fundamentals of digital forensic investigations, including forensic acquisition, analysis, and reporting;

  • demonstrate knowledge of offensive hacking techniques as well as ethical and legal pitfalls of hacking and how to prevent/mitigate the risks associated with these techniques; and

  • show broad knowledge of information assurance to include models of architectures, best practices, auditing, and business continuity.