Cybersecurity (BS)

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Cybersecurity, BS

Prepare to be a leader in cybersecurity detection and defense

124 Credit Hours

Course format
8-week terms

About the Campbell Adult and Online Education (AOE)  Cybersecurity Degree

Cyberattacks and security breaches threaten the safety of governments at every level, impact the privacy and safety of personal data, and cost businesses and organizations hundreds of millions of dollars every day. As a result, there is an increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals — and a shortage of skilled experts to fill critical positions. 

The cybersecurity program at Campbell AOE is designed to graduate cybersecurity professionals who are trained to identify, evaluate, and defend against threats and attacks on network security, data, and information systems.  

If you have an interest in computers and mathematical applications, the AOE bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity will prepare you with the skills to enter an exciting and rapidly growing field and fill vital roles in national, state, and local agencies, as well as businesses and organizations in every field. 

Cybersecurity Degree Learning Outcomes

The Cybersecurity Degree at AOE combines technical, theoretical, and analytical knowledge and covers:

  • Developing an understanding of the technical aspects of programming
  • Learning to develop and write computer programs
  • Knowledge of the practical application of programming, cryptography, and ethical hacking
  • Understanding how they all integrate within the context of cyberattacks, homeland security, and emergency management
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Why Choose Campbell AOE for Your Cybersecurity Degree

The focus of the Adult and Online Education cybersecurity program is to equip you with workplace-ready cybersecurity skills. In this comprehensive program, you will:

  • Benefit from a program specifically designed for the needs of online and adult learners that is in close alignment with related homeland security, criminal justice, and information technology security programs at AOE.
  • Acquire practical experience through capstone projects and internships with law enforcement, emergency management, and private sector roles in emergency operations centers. Each internship is a supervised work experience with selected cybersecurity agencies and organizations and designed to give students experience in a particular area of cybersecurity.
  • Gain knowledge through a curriculum with a well-rounded blend of courses from math, information technology security, homeland security, and cybersecurity.
  • Learn from faculty with more than 40 years of experience who are well-versed in cybersecurity theoretical and practical applications. 
  • Leverage skills and experience gained from military service into a high-demand career well-suited for active or veteran military professionals.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of getting your cybersecurity degree online or taking classes at one of three campuses.
  • Benefit from accelerated 8-week terms that allow you to complete your degree sooner and put your new skills to work faster.
  • Get a more personal experience with smaller class sizes, allowing greater connection/interaction with your instructors.

The Cybersecurity Curriculum

Courses You Will Take 

AOE are courses designed in eight-week accelerated terms to allow flexibility for adult learners. The AOE Cybersecurity Degree curriculum introduces students to a broad range of subjects, including:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity 
  • Research and Writing for Security 
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection 
  • Computer Forensics

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Skills You Will Learn  

The cybersecurity degree allows you to develop workplace-ready skills that will allow you to meet cyber challenges from day one on the job. Among the specific skills you will develop:

  • Programming, risk mitigation, ethical hacking
  • Understanding the context around protecting critical infrastructures
  • Designing secure information systems
  • Measuring and assessing risk management practices and policies for networks
  • Understanding the historical context of security risks
  • Assessing network security and vulnerability assessment
  • Knowledge of cryptography
  • Developing information security policy
  • Digital forensics skills
  • Writing skills
  • Presentation skills

Cybersecurity-Related Jobs

In-Demand Careers 

In our technology-driven world, governments, businesses, organizations, individuals, and every aspect of our infrastructure are vulnerable to malicious attacks and the consequences of natural disasters.  As our reliance on being connected to the internet continues to grow, the risk of online attacks is great, and so are the potential consequences. Cybersecurity experts who are trained in risk identification, mitigation, and prevention are in great demand across all industries and sectors of the economy.

Cybersecurity professionals work in many different environments and positions including:

  • Information security analyst
  • Risk assessment
  • Application development security
  • Cloud security
  • Data privacy and security
  • Health information security
  • Law enforcement
  • Military contractor
  • Local, state, and federal government support
  • Private business and financial sector computer support
  • Consulting firms
  • Computer companies

Getting Started in the AOE Cybersecurity BS Program

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