Today, businesses of all sizes depend upon a networked computer system connected to the Internet. Computer and network technologies have greatly increased employee productivity, elevated the status of “information” to that of a corporate asset, and reduced the cost of doing business. Unfortunately, the same technology that makes life easier for the employee also makes life easier for cyber criminals and more difficult for the IT professionals whose responsibility it is to secure the organization’s vital data. To protect themselves, companies seek professionals with the strongest security credentials available. In order to address such workplace demands, a program of study has been crafted that provides not only a foundation for the core of the degree, but also support from related disciplines to provide a well-rounded education. The General Education core and support courses interact with the security core to deliver a “complete package.”
Information Security is listed among the fastest growing occupations by the US Department of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to the BLS, the number of people employed as information security analysts is projected to increase by 18% between 2014 and 2024. To put it in perspective, that is fifty percent more than the projected growth for computer occupations and more than double the projected growth rate for all occupations.
See www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-6 for more details.
The workforce need was further highlighted in a widely cited article published by Peninsula Press, a Project of Stanford Journalism. The authors estimated the number of unfilled cybersecurity positions in 2015 at 209,000 in the U.S. alone.
Center of Academic Excellence (CAE)
Wilmington University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity through academic year 2021 by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
This is a nationally recognized designation that Wilmington University’s Computer and Network Security curricula, faculty, outreach and academic activities meet the rigorous standards established by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The goal of the National Centers of Academic Excellence designation program is to promote higher education in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Defense (CD) and prepare a growing number of IA/CD professionals to meet the need to reduce vulnerabilities in the Nation’s networks.
Highly Ranked Program
Whereas the CNS program is offered both face-to-face and online, WilmU was pleased to learn that the online offering was ranked #1 in the country in 2017 by BestColleges.com:
Students in the Computer and Network Security Program (B.S.) will be able to:
What You Will Learn
In addition to becoming well-prepared for a technical career, students will also enhance their writing, verbal communications and analytical thinking skills. Graduates of the program will have a better understanding of the following topics:
The core of the degree combines courses offered by the Legal Studies and Criminal Justice programs to supplement the technology-oriented courses
The Computer and Network Security (CNS) Bachelor of Science degree will provide students with credentials specializing in digital information security and will also help prepare students to “sit” for the following industry recognized certifications:
What You Can Do With this Degree
The term Cybersecurity is still fairly new and the category of jobs involving cybersecurity are very broad. The federal government initiated an effort called the National Cybersecurity Framework a few years ago to help provide some clarity and structure. The following sample job titles are taken from this framework (http://csrc.nist.gov/nice/framework/national_cybersecurity_workforce_framework_03_2013_version1_0_interactive.pdf) and are among the roles for which the CNS program helps prepare students:
The Computer and Network Security program has set a minimum passing grade of “C-” for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any required core course must retake that course.
CTA 206 Computer Applications
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking
ENG 310 Research Writing
HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues
POL 300 American Politics
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
SCI Natural Science
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
Choose one course from:
ART, COM 245, CUL, DRA, DSN 110, ENG 310, ENG 360, ETN, HIS 230, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, SPA, TEC 215, VMG 313
Choose one course from:
HIS, POL, PSY, SOC
CRJ 101 Survey of Criminal Justice
CRJ 411 Criminal Evidence and Procedures
LES 330 Cyberlaw
LES 331 Electronic Discovery
MAT 200 Pre-Calculus
MAT 308 Inferential Statistics
PHI 314 Ethics for Computer Professionals
SEC 100 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Operation
SEC 210 Principles and Practice of Information Security
SEC 230 Introduction to Linux
SEC 235 Networks and Telecommunications
SEC 250 Operating System and Computer Systems Security
SEC 290 Introduction to Programming with Python
SEC 310 Cryptography: Algorithms and Applications
SEC 335 Linux for Systems Administrators
SEC 340 Windows Operating Systems and Systems Administration
SEC 350 Introduction Computer Forensics
SEC 410 Web and Data Security
SEC 420 Data Integrity and Disaster Recovery
ISM 410 Physical Design and Implementation with DBMS
SEC 435 Advanced Network Management
SEC 450 Protecting Your Network: Firewall and Perimeter Security
The Computer & Network Security program has set a minimum passing grade of "C-" for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than "C-" in any required core course must retake that course.
Choose one course from the following:
CTA, GMD, ISM, MIS, SDD, SEC, TEC
Students interested in the Digital Evidence Investigation Certificate should consider SEC355 Mobile Device Forensics and SEC440 Network Forensics for the electives. Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.
In order to provide relevant work experience, students in the Computer & Network Security (CNS) degree program have the option of completing six credit hours via a co-op assignment. The co-op option for CNS is the equivalent of two semester courses, for a total of six credit hours. Students can complete their CNS degree with 120 credit hours, whether they choose the co-op option or not. Because each co-op experience is individually designed, students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the CNS Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment.
In order to be eligible, students must first have completed two core courses in residence and at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: www.wilmu.edu/coop/.
Natural Science Elective
Social Science Elective
Students interested in the Digital Evidence Investigation Certificate should consider SEC355 Mobile Device Forensics and SEC440 Network Forensics for the electives.
The Computer & Network Security degree completion program has set a minimum passing grade of "C-" for required courses and prerequisites. Students receiving a grade lower than "C-" in any SEC course must retake that course.
The following courses or their equivalents are prerequisites for a degree in Computer and Network Security:
SEC 210 Principles and Practices of Information Security
SEC 235 Networks and Telecommunication