Gannon University Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK)

Gannon University announces the launch of the Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK).

Cyber Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science Major
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Students engage in ample hands-on learning in courses such as the Project Experience course, which is designed to provide valuable internship and project management experience so students are well-prepared before graduation.

  • GU Possibilities
    • Cybersecurity Ventures [1] predicts it will cost the world $6 trillion annually in cybercrime damage by 2021. This pressing situation has created an unprecedented shortage of cybersecurity workers. Additionally, they predict there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2021. Gannon's Cyber Engineering program is designed to fulfill the needs of the future work demand in the cyber areas.
    • Students engage in ample hands-on learning in courses such as the Project Experience course, which is designed to provide valuable internship and project management experience so students are well-prepared before graduation.

    You Will Learn

    Cyber Engineering focuses on the development of secured cyber systems, which consists of integrated mechanics, electronics, computer hardware and software in a networked, web-enabled environment. Course and project work emphasizes hardware and software design, hardware root-of-trust, trusted operating systems, secure communication and secure networked services. Cyber Engineering integrates hardware and software interfaces to provide the platform of a secured system, and helps students learn the tools and techniques to develop the secure embedded systems for our knowledge economy.

    Cyber Engineering majors are in high-demand for today's job market due to the many applications cyber engineering has in a vast array of industries, including: communication, consumerism, energy, infrastructure, healthcare, manufacturing, military, robotics and transportation. In particular, the Internet of Things (IoT) has quickly become an integrated part of daily life. The core knowledge and advanced skills to do IoT correctly are computer engineering, embedded software and cybersecurity techniques, which are core components of Gannon's Cyber Engineering curriculum.

    You Will Experience

    • Students will explore an open infrastructure for at-scale networking and distributed systems through the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), a cyber system that spans the US and provides a virtual laboratory for research and education. With GENI, students will have a platform to learn advanced skills and knowledge in cybersecurity, and engage in learning with a commercial cloud system such as Google cloud or Amazon cloud. 
    • Students will gain hands-on experience with networking infrastructure, coupled with secured root-of-trust network, development platform for real-time kernels and operating systems.

    You Will Achieve

    Gannon's Cyber Engineering program stems from the curriculums of its regionally recognized Computer Engineering and Embedded Software degree offerings that are married with cybersecurity techniques and practices. The Cyber Engineering program aims to educate students to:

    • Apply security principles and practices to the design, implementation and operations of the physical, software and human components of cyber systems 
    • Apply protective technologies and forensic techniques
    • Analyze and evaluate components and systems with respect to security and to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats
    • Consider and understand legal, regulatory, privacy, ethics and human behavior topics 

    You Will Earn

    Students will earn a Bachelors of Science (BS) degree designed to meet ABET EAC accreditation requirements. Highly rewarding jobs available integrating software and hardware. Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization. 

    • Starting salary: $66,579.00
    • Mid-career salary: $121,103.00

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    The Cyber Engineering program aligns with the requirements for EAC accreditation of ABET. The program requires 128 credits to graduate, and has 31 credits for Math/Science, 42 credits for Liberal Studies core and 55 credits for engineering courses and electives. Key courses students will study include: 

    • IT Security  : Core concepts needed to secure an organization's network as an IT security specialist
    • Cyber-Physical Systems  : Integration of mechanics, electronics and software in a rapid-prototyping system-based approach
    • Secured Embedded Systems  : Hands-on approach to understanding cyber-attacks using resource-constrained embedded devices, architecting and implementing a root of trust (RoT) embedded system from power-up, firmware launching and boot-loading
    • Trusted OS  : SELinux architecture, Linux security modules; Project experience of the secure system as an administrator and user
    • Embedded Secured Networking  : Communication used by embedded systems supported by real-time operating systems; includes limitations, constraints and how to secure various network strategies
    • Rapid Prototyping with FPGAs  : Digital system design flow for multiple applications; develop inexpensive digital hardware prototypes with the fastest time-to-market

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.