Concentrations

All students in the Computer Networking & Cybersecurity program must select a focus area of study to complete their degree. Students can choose to specialize in Cybersecurity Operations, Network & Security Operations, or Systems & IT Infrastructure Operations. Additionally, you may choose a minor

Your faculty advisor in the Division of Information Technology & Sciences will help you map out the best academic path to reach your desired career and/or graduate studies goals.

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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 concentration:

  • 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 concentration, 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.

Courses in this concentration include:

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The 15-credit Network & Security Operations concentration focuses on networking infrastructure that allows modern enterprises to communicate and operate. Students who complete this concentration will gain key competencies for designing, building, maintaining, and securing the networks that today's networked applications run upon.

Students use hands-on lab opportunities to gain proficiency in:

  • Routing and switching
  • Wireless networking
  • Advanced network security devices
  • Voice, video, and unified communications

Upon completion of the concentration, you will be able to:

  • install, maintain, and administer devices to support a multi-site network;
  • design and deploy secure network architectures to meet the requirements of a modern enterprise;
  • design, configure, and secure wireless access to a data communication network; and
  • install, maintain, and administer unified communication services, including telephone and video conferencing. 

Courses in this concentration include:

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The 15-credit Systems & IT Infrastructure Operations concentration will prepare you to be a valuable member of a modern and agile IT Operations team.

The courses within this concentration focus on server, workstation, virtualization, and cloud computing environments that are prevalent in today's businesses. You will learn key competencies for building, operating, and extending an enterprise-level network information system and its components, including designing, troubleshooting, implementing, analyzing, maintaining, and security.

Through hands-on lab opportunities, you'll gain proficiency in:

  • Systems administration of multiple networked operating systems
  • Network service deployment, configuration, security, and troubleshooting
  • Administration of distributed environments
  • Automation of systems administration and operations functions
  • Advanced virtualization and cloud-based infrastructure

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

  • install, maintain, and administer complex and heterogeneous (Windows, Linux, etc.) computing environments;
  • integrate and deploy core network services required in a modern enterprise;
  • leverage programming and automation to exercise control and management over a large IT infrastructure;
  • leverage desktop and enterprise virtualization solutions to solve complex system and infrastructure tasks; and
  • use scripts and programming to automate systems administration and IT infrastructure operational tasks.

Courses in this concentration include:

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