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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. Cybersecurity graduates typically pursue careers in industry for a wide variety of companies, in a security operations center, or in local, state, or federal government service.

Students who gravitate toward cybersecurity typically enjoy solving puzzles, digging down to find the root cause of a problem, and integrating information from many sources into a whole. Being detail-oriented is important, because sometimes the smallest breadcrumb is the key to cracking the case. Cybersecurity professionals want to make a difference in the world, protecting others and solving mysteries.

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

Learn more about our Center for Security Studies and Cyber Defense.

Program Overview

Cybersecurity

The cybersecurity 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 through 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.

The aim of the major is to help students develop a strong foundation of professional ethics from a Christian faith perspective. Professionals working in the security/intelligence field have the ability to profoundly affect people’s lives; we need graduates who recognize this responsibility and perform 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 former administrator 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 four years.
  • Graduate with a BA in Cybersecurity in three years.
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3+1 Program

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

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Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity job growth is projected to be 28% between 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 three million globally, with nearly half a million openings in North America.

With a degree in cybersecurity, you’ll find positions such as penetration testers, cybersecurity consultants, security analysts, cybersecurity engineers, and other jobs in the areas of cyber defense, information assurance, server and network administration, and cyber-related public policy. Cybersecurity graduates 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 & National Security Studies
  • System Administration
  • Homeland Security
  • Intelligence & Security Studies
  • Applied Cryptography & Security
  • Computer Networks & Network Security
  • Ethics & 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.

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