About the Program

In the last ten years, there has been much data demonstrating that there is a rapid rise in the incidence of cyber-attacks targeting individuals, organizations, and even countries. Consequently, cybersecurity and information assurance are the US government's top priorities, as seen in various Presidential Directives and the US Justice Department document High Priority Criminal Justice Technology Needs. The US has identified cybersecurity as one of the rising workforce areas, from both public and private sectors. The Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (CIA) program at the Department of Computer and Information Science aims to educate and train an elite, diverse cadre of students, who are ready to address real-world computer security and criminal justice challenges. It will also benefit any individual who is interested in advancing their knowledge of computer security and privacy.

Cybersecurity and Privacy Concentration

The Cybersecurity and Privacy (CP) concentration educates students in the fundamentals and principles of cybersecurity and privacy and provides students with labs and experiences that encourage creative thinking.  It is built upon a rigorous undergraduate background in computer and information science. Students in this concentration study fundamental security and privacy concepts such as confidentiality, integrity, access control, security architecture and systems, attack/defense. This concentration also provides a sequence of courses that cover unique security and privacy issues in various application areas, ranging from computer security to network security, from wired security to wireless security, from data security to application security, from every day security to enterprise security. 

Digital Forensics Concentration

Digital Forensics (DF) is the area of computer science concerned with the examination and analysis of computer hard drives, storage devices, cell phones, tablets, or any electronic device that may hold evidence which could be used in a court of law. The device could be as simple as a cell phone or as complex as a main server for a large corporation. The digital forensics analyst uncovers and preserves data for later use as legal evidence, and analyzes the data in light of a particular crime or criminal or civil investigation. This may involve determining how hackers or unauthorized persons gained access to information or computer systems as well as where and how they navigated within the system.

Digital forensics specialists recover files and emails or other electronic correspondence that have been deleted or erased. They also recover data after hardware or software failure, and develop means to harden computer, cyber, and data security against loss, corruption, sabotage, or external attack.

Curriculum Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 123 credits and receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Requirements are available to download (PDF)