B.S. in Cybersecurity: Cyber Operations Specialization

Program Overview

Protect networks with proven cyber-defense strategies.

Address one of the hottest topics in cybersecurity with the Cyber Operations specialization of Utica College's online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.

Address one of the hottest topics in cybersecurity with the Cyber Operations specialization of Utica College's online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.

Gain Expert-Level Knowledge of Operating System Defense

You'll delve into cyber-defense strategies that keep organizations safe from cyber threats. Plus, you'll learn to embed security measures directly into the emerging Global Information Grid and create encryption codes that allow users to pass information between systems securely.

Utica College is a leader in cybersecurity education, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.

 
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          Career Outlook

          The rate of cyberattacks is outpacing the number of skilled professionals who can detect, prevent, stop, and mitigate their damage. One in four companies say they've lost proprietary data as a result of this cybersecurity skills gap1, and it's predicted there will be 1–2 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2019.2

          The hardest jobs to fill involve intrusion detection, secure software development, and attack mitigation1 — which are just some of the top skills you can learn in our Cyber Operations specialization. Graduate prepared to qualify for up to 84 percent of U.S. cybersecurity postings that demand a bachelor's degree, roles that pay, on average, 9 percent more than similar IT positions.3

          Career Spotlight: Penetration Tester

          $81,368/year

          As a penetration tester (also known as a white-hat hacker), you'd put your understanding of complex security measures to work to break the system. You would use a variety of tools — some of which you might create yourself — to find holes in your company's security before bad actors do. You'd also search for passive threats to network integrity, such as poor passwords, and work to mitigate them.4

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Computer Network Defense (CND)
          • Computer Network Attack (CNA)
          • Computer Network Exploitation (CNE)
          • Computer Network Operations (CNO)

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum

          With a unique focus on UNIX and extensive coursework in computer science and programming, defensive and offensive tactics, and vulnerability assessments and penetration testing, this specialization provides you with the skills to keep your organization safe. Explore incident response to system compromise, risk management decision-making, and legal and regulatory analyses. You will also learn about building secure audio and video equipment, protecting products from tampering, providing trusted microelectronics solutions, and more.

          Course Spotlight: CYB 339 – Cyber Operations Tools

          Learn how to analyze the output of computer programs and scripts for cyber operations, cybersecurity, and computer forensics applications. You'll develop a virtualized computing environment to work with cyber operations tools.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Course Spotlight: CYB 438 – System Vulnerability Assessments

          Gain practical experience conducting vulnerability assessments and prepare reports as you discover threats to information systems and processes. Explore methods for determining vulnerability, including audits, assessments, penetration tests, and architecture reviews.

          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          You can earn your bachelor's degree in approximately three years by taking one class every 8 weeks in each 16-week semester. With Program Director permission, you can complete the program in a shorter time frame by taking more credits per semester.

          Opportunities abound in this incredible field. There will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs in cybersecurity by 2021 and it's projected cybercrime will cost organizations worldwide $6 trillion.

           

          Companies desperately need qualified information security experts. 100,000 new jobs were posted in 2016 alone, and the median pay for entry-level Information Security Analysts was $95,510 in 2017.

           

          Learn more about your career outlook in cybersecurity.

           

          You don't need a background in cybersecurity or computer science to apply to this program. Learn more about the admission requirements for this program.

          This 60–63-credit program (variable based on your specialization and senior project) costs $475 per credit hour. Before including fees and other education costs, your tuition estimate is $28,500–$29,925.

          Learn more about tuition for this program.

          It's up to you. We've designed our program to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, a typical course load is one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

          To begin with, you'll take classes that give you a solid foundation of cybersecurity and computer science knowledge and skills. You will also focus your coursework through one of four specializations:

          • Network Forensics and Intrusion Investigation
          • Information Assurance
          • Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation
          • Cyber Operations

          Learn more about how our cybersecurity curriculum prepares you to guard private information, identify network weaknesses, and defend against threats from hackers, malware, and other cyberthreats.

          SOURCES:

          1McAfee (2016, July 27). Hacking the Skills Shortage. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.mcafee.com/enterprise/en-us/assets/reports/rp-hacking-skills-shortage.pdf
          2ISACA (2015, January). ISACA and CSX, Global Cybersecurity Status Report. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.isaca.org/pages/cybersecurity-global-status-report.aspx?utm_referrer=
          3Burning Glass Labor Insights (2015). Burning Glass Report: Job Market Intelligence: Cybersecurity Jobs, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.burning-glass.com/research-project/cybersecurity/
          4Payscale (2018). "Penetration Tester Salary." Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Penetration_Tester/Salary