Applied Cybersecurity and Information Technology (B.S.)

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The cross-disciplinary Bachelor of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Information Technology program places an emphasis on cybersecurity, technology, management, compliance, and legal issues. The program is designed to prepare students and experienced information technology professionals to become cybersecurity and information technology practitioners, investigators, managers, and leaders in one of the fastest growing job sectors. The applied cybersecurity and information technology curriculum emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity and information technology, and requires additional mathematical skills to help prepare students for research and entry into the Master of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics program.

Students will study information security; information assurance; ethical hacking; vulnerability analysis and control; securing databases; steganography; mobile device forensics; operating system security; business continuity response; disaster recovery; legal and ethical issues; auditing; evidence; intrusion detection; and forensic tools and techniques used to investigate and analyze network-related incidents and preserve digital evidence.

Program Overview

The cross-disciplinary Bachelor of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Information Technology program places an emphasis on cybersecurity, technology, management, compliance, and legal issues. It also helps develop the mathematical skills needed to prepare students for research and entry into the Master of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Information Technology will be prepared to fill a variety of roles within the industry, such as:

  • Information security officer
  • Security manager
  • Security administrator
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Vulnerability researcher/exploit developer

Students of this program must be admitted to Illinois Tech. Previous coursework or experience in technology is helpful but not required.

Program Objectives and Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Information Technology Program Educational Objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Information Technology degree produces graduates who are able to:

  • Problem solve, create, and effectively communicate innovative answers to provide technology solutions for the problems of business, industry, government, non-profit organizations, and individuals
  • Perform requirements analysis, design and administration of computer and network-based systems conforming to policy and best practices, and monitor and support continuing development of relevant policy and best practices as appropriate
  • Design and implement an enterprise security program using both policy and technology to implement technical, operational, and managerial controls, which will technically secure enterprise information assets and resources to deter, detect, and prevent the success of attacks and intrusions
  • Investigate information security incidents and violation of law using computer resources in a manner such that all evidence is admissible in a court of law
  • Apply current technical and mathematical concepts and practices in the core information technologies and recognize the need to engage in continuing professional development
Bachelor of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Information Technology Student Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Information Technology graduates should be able to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts
  4. Recognize professional responsibility and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline
  6. Identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of computing-based systems
  7. Assist in the creation of an effective project plan.
  8. Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.

The United States Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have designated Illinois Institute of Technology as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

Featured Faculty

Maurice Dawson
Assistant Professor Director, Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education