Balkis N. — Class of 2019

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Balkis N.
Class of 2019
Rico M.

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 Defense or Digital Forensics. 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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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of National University’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, you’ll be able to:

  • 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 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

Our four-week courses and leading professors work with your schedule to get the most out of our BS in Cybersecurity program. You could be starting as soon as next month by reaching out today.

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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: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm

**SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (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

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

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 70.5 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.

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Prof. William Reid

Prof. William Reid

Academic Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

“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.”

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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

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*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

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