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Cybersecurity

Interdisciplinary Program

The cybersecurity program is designed for students who seek to defend against cyber threats in industry and public service. Cybersecurity majors are trained to be the “good guys,” defending individuals, customers, and the public against today’s ever present cyberattacks. Courses familiarize students with information assurance, server and network environments, cryptography, cyber-related public policy, and cyberwarfare. Majors in cybersecurity typically pursue careers in industry for a wide variety of companies, in a security operations center, or in local, state, or federal government service.

This is an interdisciplinary major that emphasizes hands-on experiential learning by incorporating cybersecurity tools throughout the courses. The core concepts are taught in an applied environment, allowing students to immediately see the applications of the material that they are learning.

Program Overview

Cybersecurity

  • Our program is interdisciplinary, designed to produce graduates with not only the best technical skills, but also a deep understanding of the national security landscape of attacks, as well as excellent communication skills due to a liberal arts education.
    • The curriculum is aligned with the NSF’s Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education guidelines. 
    • The cybersecurity major at Anderson University is intentionally designed to cover all five of the Core Technical Knowledge Units as well as all five of the Core Non-Technical Knowledge Units, with other interdisciplinary topics included. Most other universities focus on EITHER the technical core OR the non-technical core. Our interdisciplinary curriculum is distinctive in that it covers both areas.
  • Our program develops a strong foundation of professional ethics from a Christian faith perspective. People working in the security/intelligence field have the ability to profoundly affect people’s lives; we need graduates who recognize this responsibility and do their jobs ethically and with integrity. 

Our program has amazing resources. The AU National Security Fellows program, established by President John Pistole, former Deputy Director of the FBI and Director of the TSA, provides our majors with a Beltway experience in Central Indiana, connecting students with leaders in the National Security field. The Cybersecurity Engineering Lab was established through the support of Ascension Technologies, Integration Partners, Extreme Networks, and Dell EMC. This facility allows students to gain hands-on experience with top of the line servers, routers, and switches.

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Options

  • Graduate with a BA in Cybersecurity in 4 years.
  • Graduate with a BA in Cybersecurity in 3 years
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3+1 Program

Graduate with a BA in Cybersecurity and a MBA with the 3+1 program. You spend four years total at AU and earn two degrees while you are here.

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Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity job growth is projected to be 28% for 2016-2026, much faster than the average for computer occupations (13%) or the average for all occupations (7%). The (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study states that there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals of approximately 3 million globally, with nearly half a million openings in North America.

With a degree in cybersecurity, you can work in positions such as penetration tester, cybersecurity consultant, security analyst, cybersecurity engineer, and other jobs in the areas of cyberdefense, information assurance, server and network administration, and cyber-related public policy. Majors in cybersecurity typically pursue careers in industry for a wide variety of companies, in a security operations center, or in local, state, or federal government service.

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Classes

  • introduction to cybersecurity and national security studies
  • system administration
  • homeland security
  • intelligence and security studies
  • applied cryptography and security
  • computer networks and network security
  • ethics and morality for professionals

The 56-hour BA in Cybersecurity includes 8-9 credit hours of interdisciplinary electives, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor to best prepare the student for their desired career path. 

In addition, students are required to pursue at least one cybersecurity certification, such as CompTIA Security+ or EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker.

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Tech Talks

Tech talks provide a glimpse of industry and research to our undergraduate students. We bring in 5-6 guest speakers per semester in areas related to computer science and cybersecurity.

OUR FACULTY

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Jen Coy

Dr. Jennifer Coy

Chair, Department of Computer Science; Professor of Computer Science & Physics

Jen Coy
Dr. Jennifer Coy

Dr. Jennifer Coy is the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and a member of the interdisciplinary panel that oversees the Cybersecurity and National Security Studies majors. She teaches a wide range of computer science, cybersecurity, and engineering courses, since she is also dual-appointed to the Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering. She enjoys learning new technology and computer languages, and recently passed the EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker exam.

Dr. Coy's research interests lie in the connections between computer science and physics. She attended the University of Toledo as an undergraduate, receiving a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Computer Science and Engineering. She received her masters and doctorate from Purdue University in Physics, where she studied gravity within galaxies where she created a parallel processing program to compare alternate theories of gravity to dark matter models.

Dr. Coy serves as an advisor to the Women in Computing student group, coordinates the computer science department's monthly Tech Talks series, communicates with industry partners to develop opportunities for student internships, and leads the department's Computer Science Hackathon and Cybersecurity Capture the Flag competitions.

Outside of the classroom, Coy enjoys camping with her husband and two children, running half marathons, knitting, scrapbooking, playing games, reading, and occasionally playing the piano.

Dr. Coy joined the AU faculty in August of 2014, bringing more than 10 years of prior experience teaching at small colleges, including Wabash College and Saint Joseph's College.

Contact Dr. Coy:Certified Ethical Hacker Badge
jjcoy@anderson.edu
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Professor of Computer Science & Physics
Chair, Department of Computer Science
B.S., University of Toledo
M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University

Jon Craton

Instructor of Computer Science

Jon Craton

Professor Craton joined the AU faculty in 2019. He brings experience working as a software engineer, consultant, and open source contributor. He has previously worked alongside college students in residence life and student programs and has worked at Interactive Intelligence (now Genesys), Taylor University, Ivy Tech Community College, and Houghton College. He completed his BS in Computer Engineering and MA in Higher Education and Student Development from Taylor University, and he is currently completing his graduate work in Computer Science from Dakota State University.

Having lived and worked with college students as a resident director for six years, Professor Craton seeks to build strong and meaningful relationships with his students. He also strives to bring his practical experience building software to the classroom. He loves exploring new trends and technologies and works hard to ensure that his students have the tools that they need to build the high quality, secure software of the future.

Professor Craton lives near campus with his wife, Karin, and son, Benji. He has many interests, including playing board games, tinkering with electronics, and building with LEGO.

Jason Lowmiller

Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

Jason Lowmiller

Professor Lowmiller joined the AU faculty in 2019. He brings experience working in DevOps, systems and network administration, development, and cybersecurity. He completed a BS in Business Information Systems degree at Indiana Wesleyan University and an MS in Cybersecurity at Bellevue University.

Having been an independent cybersecurity consultant, trainer, and adjunct professor, Professor Lowmiller is looking forward to training the next generation of our cyber workforce for excellence and service. He is very excited to share his experiences working alongside organizations like the US military, financial services providers, and member organizations of the big four accounting firms.

Professor Lowmiller lives in Marion, Indiana, with his wife, Heather, and their three kids. He has many interests, including gardening, hiking, and spending time outdoors.

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Dr. Gerard Lee Van Groningen

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Dr. Gerard Lee Van Groningen

Dr. Van Groningen enjoys the appeal of teaching a wide variety of mathematics classes from Finite Mathematics to the Calculus sequence to Differential Equations.

Dr. Van Groningen considers himself a pure applied mathematician whose main research interest lies within numerical analysis. His primary work is with numerical solvers of differential equations including the method of lines transpose and defect correction methods. However, with the opportunities present at Anderson University, he prefers research projects that can help introduce students to original mathematical research.

Dr. Van Groningen married his beautiful wife Lindsey in July of 2016. Together they actively travel and seek adventure.  Dr. Van Groningen is also an avid hiker, runner, and reader. He is always willing to join in for most sports and board games. Further, he also donates his time to the local food pantry.

Dr. Lee Van Groningen has served at Anderson University since 2012.

Contact Dr. Van Groningen:
glvangroningen@anderson.edu
Decker Hall 332
(765) 641-4412

Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.A.  Mathematics, Chemistry, Trinity Christian College
Ph. D., Mathematics, Michigan State University

Nathan Willowby

Dr. Nathan J. Willowby

Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics

Nathan Willowby
Dr. Nathan J. Willowby

As assistant professor of theology and ethics, Dr. Nathan Willowby teaches courses for both undergraduate and seminary students at Anderson University in the areas of ethics and theology as well as introduction to the Bible.

After earning a bachelor's degree in Bible and religion and business administration at AU, he spent one year studying at the School of Theology before eventually earning a master of divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D. in theology and ethics at Marquette University, where he wrote on the intersection of holiness, scripture, and political theology. Prior to coming to AU, Willowby served as pastor of Crossroads Church of God in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for seven years. He was active in statewide unity services and was the president of the Wisconsin Assembly of the Church of God from 2013-2016.

In his courses, Willowby seeks to enable students to consider the essential doctrinal and ethical texts and doctrines, but also invites students to consider the ways that the Christian claim that Jesus is Lord has sweeping implications for all aspects of personal and corporate life. A child of the church, Willowby has served Church of God congregations as janitor, youth counselor, sound technician, Sunday School teacher, camp meeting groundskeeper, pastoral intern, softball ringer, and is pleased now to serve in the ministry of higher education.

Willowby has served at Anderson University since 2016.

Contact Dr. Willowby:
njwillowby@anderson.edu
(765) 641-4529
Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Duke University Divinity School
Ph.D., Marquette University

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