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Secure Your Future Protecting Computer Networks from Unauthorized Activity

The growing and imperative need to protect sensitive personal and financial data from being shared widely online is why many career seekers consider pursuing a cybersecurity degree a worthwhile investment in their future.

National University’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program prepares students to become top security analysts, network defenders, and computer incident responders with coursework that gives them a comprehensive understanding of information technology management and security processes. Our curriculum is taught by expert faculty with real-world experience so you can gain the competencies needed in the field. Each course is only four weeks long, so the program can be completed in a shorter time frame than a traditional bachelor’s degree.

NU’s BS in Cybersecurity also offers career-focused concentrations in Computer Network DefenseDigital Forensics or Information Technology Management. A concentration can expand your knowledge in a given area and help make you more competitive in the job market. If you are interested in a job with potential for growth, long-term security, and a good salary, a career in cybersecurity could be an excellent option.

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Course Details

Course Listing

Foundation Technologies

  • 6 courses; 27 quarter units

Course Name

This course provides an introduction to basic network concepts including local area networks, wireless networks, and wide area networks. Network security concepts are also introduced. Students will explore secure router configurations.

An introduction to the basic architecture and functions of an operating system. Computer hardware and software integration will be explored. Basic design and functionality of the Windows and Linux operating systems will be explored. In addition, core aspects of securing operating systems are covered.

An introductory survey course that explores the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity. Coverage includes the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, and availability, cybersecurity policy, and the ethical and legal aspects of cybersecurity.

Prerequisite: CYB 206
The principles of data security are introduced. Students will learn how to protect data in transit and at rest. The technical aspects of implementing encryption, authentication, and access control to protect data will be covered along with the development and implementation of associated policy. Basic database security concepts and guidelines will be covered.

PrerequisiteCYB 202; CYB 204

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of cloud computing and virtualization. The core cloud deployment and service models will be covered. A comparison of public and private cloud deployments will be conducted. The concepts of devops and continuous integration will be introduced.

PrerequisiteCYB 215

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of programming for cybersecurity professionals. A survey of program tools will be conducted. The use of PowerShell, scripting, and python to implement system security will be covered in this class.

First Core Sequence

  • 5 courses; 22.5 quarter units

Course Name

Provides instruction and practice on the writing skills needed to create clear and concise technical documents. Students will understand how to explain technical topics to non-technical leadership. The Project planning and management concepts will be introduced.

PrerequisiteCYB 216

This course covers the secure administration of Linux based systems. Students will learn how to implement and assess standards based security measures on the Linux operating systems. Automating the implementation and assessment of security measures will be a core component of the class. Legal and ethical aspects of system administration will also be covered.

This course covers the secure administration of Windows based Desktop and server systems. Students will learn how to implement and assess standards based security measures on Windows based operating systems. Automating the implementation and assessment of security measures will be a core component of the class. Legal and ethical aspects of system administration will also be covered.

PrerequisiteCYB 331; CYB 332

This course builds on CYB 216 and covers advanced topics in security automation. Students will learn how to manage security related code in a software repository. Students will write integrated scripts to implement and assess system security. Use of devops automation tools to securely manage infrastructure will also be covered.

PrerequisiteCYB 333

An explanation of the development and design of system architectures that meet cybersecurity requirements. Students will examine methods to translate technology and environmental conditions (e.g., law and regulation) into system and security design.

Second course sequence

  • 6 courses; 27 quarter units

Course Name

Recommended: Prior completion ofCYB 340 At least 13.5 units of the first core sequence must be completed before this course.

An examination of the various tools and frameworks to conduct a system/network security audit or assessment. Various IT audit frameworks, government and non-government, will be covered. Legal and ethical aspects of IT auditing and assessment will be covered.

PrerequisiteCYB 340

An exploration of the tools and techniques to collect and analyze cyber threat information. The class will cover the collection and analysis of log data, threat intelligence data, and Indicators of Compromise to detect malicious activity.

PrerequisiteCYB 340

An examination of the tools and methods for incident response. Topics include preparation data collection, incident analysis preserving data, and recovery. The legal and ethical aspects of incident response will also be covered.

PrerequisiteCYB 340

This course examines common ethical hacking methods along with hands-on application of security tools to test network and systems security. The planning and execution of a penetration test will be covered. The legal and ethical aspects of penetration testing will be discussed.

A detailed examination on the concepts of network defense and the various tools to protect and monitor a network. Students will learn how to implement an Intrusion Detection System, conduct network monitoring traffic analysis, and honeypots. Development of associated policy will also be covered.

PrerequisiteCYB 340

A detailed examination on the development of organizational cybersecurity policy that meet an organization’s compliance requirements and business goals. The creation of a cost benefit analysis when developing policy and system requirements.


  • 3 courses; 13.5 quarter units

Students must complete all core and concentration requirements prior to beginning the project course sequence.


PrerequisiteCYB 460; CYB 461; CYB 462; CYB 463, or CYB 470; CYB 471; CYB 472; CYB 473, or CYB 480; CYB 481; CYB 482; CYB 483

A capstone project focused on applying the knowledge and concepts learned through this program. Students will work as an individual or in a team to complete a practical or research related cybersecurity project. Grading is H, S or U only.

PrerequisiteCYB 499A

This course is a continuation of CYB 499A and continues the application of knowledge in the selected topic. Grading is H, S or U only.

PrerequisiteCYB 499B

This course is a continuation of CYB 499B and continues the application of knowledge in the selected topic. Students will present their findings to a panel of academic and business professionals. Grading is H, S or U only.

Concentration in Computer Network Defense

Requirements for the Concentration:

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteCYB 420 and completion of all core CYB classes before starting the concentration; CYB 450; CYB 451; CYB 452; CYB 453; CYB 454

An advanced examination of securing Windows and Linux operating systems. Detecting and preventing operating system attack will also be covered. The course will focus on the use of security automation tools to secure and monitor multiple operating systems.

PrerequisiteCYB 460

An advanced examination of wireless and mobile security. Students will learn how to secure a wireless network against a common baseline. Planning and implementation of the secure deployment of mobile device in an enterprise will be covered. An examination of wireless attack methods and mobile malware will be conducted.

PrerequisiteCYB 460

An advanced examination of cloud and virtualization security concepts. Students will learn common hypervisor security tools and techniques. Security issues related to the different cloud service models will be covered. Hypervisor threats and attacks will be examined. Students will secure images in a public cloud environment.

PrerequisiteCYB 460

Students will learn advanced techniques for network defense including the use of intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, firewalls, and virtual private networks. Design and integration of different network defense tools will also be covered.

Concentration in Digital Forensics

Requirements for Concentration:

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteCYB 420 and completion of all core CYB classes before starting the concentration; CYB 450; CYB 451; CYB 452; CYB 453; CYB 454

Introduction of computer forensic principles. The class explores the concepts of admissibility of electronic evidence, preparing for e-evidence collection, and conducting a digital forensic examination of computers. Legal and ethical requirements of a digital investigator are also covered.

PrerequisiteCYB 470

This course provides an overview for collecting digital evidence from a Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. Operating specific tools and techniques for collecting file information, log information, data artifacts, web history and computer memory are explored.

PrerequisiteCYB 470

In this class, students learn the tools and techniques to collect and analyze network data to support a digital investigation. Students will gain practical experience by analyzing network traffic captures. Legal and ethical requirements of a network forensics investigation are also covered. Correlation of data from other sources will also be examined.

PrerequisiteCYB 470

Students will learn how to collect and analyze digital evidence from mobile devices. The tools and techniques that are unique for mobile device forensics like acquisition, physical isolation, sim cards, and file system recovery will be covered. Extraction of geolocation data and other cellular data will also be explored.

Concentration in Information Technology Management

Requirements for Concentration:

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteCYB 420; CYB 450; CYB 451; CYB 452; CYB 453; CYB 454

This course provides an understanding of the internal and external components of an information technology (IT) system. The course contains an overview of internal components and broadens out to an entire IT system. Students will be introduced to the proper installation, security, and administration of components of an IT system. In addition, network, mobile, IoT, and printer terminology, concepts, troubleshooting, and security fundamentals are also covered.

PrerequisiteCYB 480

An in-depth exploration of various tools and controls designed to preserve and protect data and databases against compromises of their confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Included is an introduction to how databases are created, populated, administered, and secured.

PrerequisiteCYB 481

This course expands on the skills and knowledge needed to administer, maintain, and secure an organizations LAN/WAN infrastructure. Topics include identifying threats, vulnerabilities, and assets that facilitate in planning, risk analysis, and implementation of security policies. In addition, legal, ethical, and professional challenges are examined.

PrerequisiteCYB 482

Introduction to cloud management from both a business and technical perspective. The focus will be on the management of cloud networks, including data storage, processing, and management. Topics include cloud services, architecture, deployment strategies, administration, security, and legal, ethical, and professional challenges.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, students must complete at least 180 quarter units, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 81 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 69 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

A BS in Cybersecurity degree opens doors in a variety of industries, including finance and insurance, manufacturing, information services, health care, administrative support services, and scientific and technical services.

Cybersecurity is a field that’s rapidly expanding and in need of professionals with up-to-date knowledge and skills. For example, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, which is dramatically faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It can also be a lucrative career move, with a median annual wage of $102,600 and the top 10 percent earning more than $165,920.*

Employers in the cybersecurity field are looking for workers with skills in communications, management, operations, leadership, infrastructure, information technology, innovation, integration, and research. With a bachelor’s degree from National University, you’ll be prepared to seek a variety of roles in the field of cybersecurity, including:**

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Manager
  • Cybersecurity Consultant
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Architect
  • Cyber Crime Analyst
  • IT Auditor
  • Incident & Intrusion Analyst
  • Penetration and Vulnerability Tester

To learn more about career opportunities and benefits of a bachelor’s in cybersecurity, read our post: Is a Cybersecurity Degree Worth It?


**SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at (Report viewed: May 2, 2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

National University has developed academic pathways that build upon the coursework at various community colleges to help you reach your academic goals, so you can pick up on your bachelor’s degree studies right where you left off in your relevant associate degree program.

Learn more about National’s Cybersecurity Pathways and see which classes you may qualify to receive credit for. You may also wish to speak to an admissions counselor about your specific community college’s cybersecurity program.

The field of cybersecurity is robust and offers numerous pathways to difference-making careers. To provide the industry with highly skilled professionals on the cutting edge of the market’s current and expected needs, National University’s BS in Cybersecurity offers career-focused concentrations. Once you complete the core cybersecurity courses, you’ll have the opportunity to take a four-class concentration in either:

Network Defense – Focus in on actions taken to defend against unauthorized activity within computer networks by learning how to:

  • Set up, implement and assess cybersecurity status of a computer system
  • Apply security controls affecting virtualized computing environment, a wireless network and an operating system

Digital Forensics – Study the recovery and investigation of materials found in digital devices and learn how to:

  • Conduct a digital forensics investigation on a server or workstation using commonly accepted standards and tools
  • Preserve digital evidence using federal rules of digital evidence
  • Conduct a digital forensics investigation on a mobile device using commonly accepted standards and tools
  • Examine digital evidence for indications of illegal malicious activity or malfeasance

Information Technology Management – This 4 course concentration in Information Technology Management (ITM) provides for greater focus on the management of information and technology in regards to a secured networked system. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to manage and secure IT hardware, data, and databases.
  • Integrate best practices for administering, managing, securing, and delivering cloud technologies.

For degree and specialization requirements, please visit our course catalog.

National University students are encouraged to joint our Cyber Team [email protected] The cyber team apply the knowledge and skills they gain in class by competing in challenging cyber competitions like the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense CompetitionCollegiate Pentest CompetitionNational Cyber League, and Cyberforce Competition. These competitions also allow students to demonstrate their skills to potential employers.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze a problem and design the cybersecurity measures appropriate to its solution.
  • Apply concepts of best practices in cybersecurity management to enterprise processes.
  • Describe the ethical challenges that confront a cybersecurity professional.
  • Apply security control principles in the construction of cybersecurity solutions.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills expected of a cybersecurity professional.
  • Demonstrate the ability to securely administer a Windows and Linux system using security automation tools and techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of operating systems, networks, and cloud computing.

Hear From Our Faculty

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Prof. William Reid

“This program provides in-depth coverage of the major focus areas within the cybersecurity discipline, along with hands-on practical labs where the student can apply the principles and skills learned through lecture and readings. The program is aimed to provide all students the ability to work on teams focused on protecting information assets of any size enterprise.”

-Prof. William Reid, Academic Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity


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