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Security and Cyber-Defense

If protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change, destruction, and rescue excites you, then the Security and Cyber Defense Major program might be just what you are looking for! Network outages, data compromised by hackers, computer viruses and other incidents affect our lives in ways that range from inconvenient to life-threatening.

During your time at Thomas, this program will prepare you to protect systems using ethical hacking, integrate the technology, processes, organizational aspects of cyber security and more. Understand what cyber-war and cyber forensics means to ensure added opportunities in this fast-moving field. The program will lay a solid theoretical foundation, while adding a practical emphasis to ensure that you are able to be valuable in your job and able to build a solid career.

Small business, big business, State and Federal government seek graduates in the field with many more good-paying jobs than graduates. By including learning for the CISSP certification in the courses, students can gain two important qualifications with very little additional effort. If protecting your computers, networks, and personal data excites you, then Security and Cyber Defense is for you.

Security and Cyber Defense Program Objectives Upon completion of the security major, students will demonstrate the following:

  1. ASSESSMENT: Students will identify and apply theories and processes related to Information security, assurance, and cyber security.
  2. CRITICAL THINKING: Students will apply relevant security and cyber defense principles to real-world information system situations in commercial, government, and not-for-profit organizations.
  3. COMPETENCY: Students will apply security and cyber defense principles to the protection of infrastructure, information systems, external integration, and perimeter defenses. The competencies would include academic approaches and maintain relevance for current risks by incorporating content identified by NIST, CERT, DHS, ISC2, and ISACA.
  4. ETHICS: Students will demonstrate ethics and professional responsibility as it relates to information security and cyber defenses.
  5. COMMUNICATION: Students will be able to communicate and negotiate with stakeholders including employees, managers, and executives. Negotiation and communication skills should also extend to all relevant external persons and organizations.
  6. LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT: Students will have skills to lead and manage complex system improvements and projects across multiple technology areas.
  7. GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS: Students will be able to identify and analyze organizational problems relating to information assurance, security, and its implications on value creation and defense.
  8. TECHNOLOGY: Students will demonstrate competency in utilizing information technologies relevant to organizations and adapt technology to aid business scenarios and leadership decisions.

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