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Cybersecurity Major

  • Bachelor of Science Major
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Study abroad opportunities are available with Gannon's partner institution in Germany for students seeking to expand their global knowledge while applying what they've learned in the classroom.

  • GU Possibilities
    • Excellent career prospects  : Sources predict that by 2021 it will cost the world $6 trillion annually in cyber-crime damage [1], with the expectation that the number of unfilled cybersecurity positions globally will expand to 3.5 million. Government and non-government sources project nearly 1.8 million cybersecurity-related positions going unfilled in the U.S. by 2022. Positions in medium-to-large companies, as well as government agencies are expanding rapidly, as the need for networked, secure data and computing platforms expands.

    • Study abroad  opportunities are available with Gannon's partner institution in Germany for students seeking to expand their global knowledge while applying what they've learned in the classroom.

    You Will Learn

    Cybersecurity is a computing-based discipline involving technology, people, information and processes to enable assured operations in the context of adversaries. It involves the creation, operation, analysis and testing of secure computer systems. It is an interdisciplinary course of study, including aspects of law, policy, human factors, ethics and risk management.

    Cybersecurity is a critical concern for government agencies, defense contractors, e-commerce companies, biotech research firms and, in fact, any business entities that are concerned with the protection of their information capital. Students are prepared to be proficient in computer network security principles, human behavior and laws, cyber forensics, and the strategies and planning for securing information capital from cyber-attacks.

    You Will Experience

    Students will gain hands-on learning in core competencies needed to enter this growing workforce, including white hat hacking, strategic planning, incident response, design and deployment of cloud services, and management of security services.

    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.

    You Will Achieve

    Students will gain advanced knowledge and skills in computer network security principles and cyber forensics that will enable the design of software to maintain secure systems. Gannon's Cybersecurity program aims to educate students to:

    • Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions
    • Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the cybersecurity discipline
    • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts
    • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles
    • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in cybersecurity activities, projects and research
    • Apply security principles and practices to the environment, hardware, software and human aspects of a system
    • Analyze and evaluate systems with respect to maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats

    You Will Earn

    A Bachelors of Science (BS) degree designed to meet:

    • International ACM/IEEE cybersecurity guidelines
    • Requirements of the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, which is jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    • ABET CAC accreditation requirements

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization. 

    • Starting salary: $74,000
    • Mid-career salary: $120,100

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Students will gain hands-on learning in cutting-edge laboratories featuring advanced technology. Key courses students will complete in the classroom and such exceptional learning environments include:

    • IT Security  : Core concepts needed to secure an organization's network as an IT security specialist
    • Mobile Security and Implementation  : Understand and practice secure operations and development on Android mobile devices
    • Ethical Hacking:    Foundations of cyber-attacks, including data security, component security, human security, organizational security and social security
    • Cyber Information Security  : Penetration-testing tools to test the security of either personal devices or network servers
    • Data Security  : Methodologies and technologies to backup, encrypt or restore data
    • Information Assurance  : Enterprise security and privacy such as concentrating on the nature of enterprise security requirements by identifying threats to enterprise information technology (IT) systems, access control and open systems, as well as system and product evaluation criteria
    • Server Security  : Cyber defense related to system configurations of personal devices or local network servers
    • Cloud Security  : Project-based work on a cloud-based platform to monitor, analyze and predict any malicious cyber attacks

    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.