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Cyber Operations Specialization

MS in Cybersecurity

Utica College's M.S. in Cybersecurity - Cyber Operations specialization is designed for students who wish to master both defensive (protective) and offensive (attack) modes of cyber operations.

Gain the critical knowledge needed to protect any organization from serious cyber threats through a hands-on, lab-oriented curriculum that includes an in-depth examination of:

  • ::  Cybersecurity vulnerability assessment and penetration testing
  • ::  Cryptographic, data hiding, steganographic, and anonymization tools and techniques applied to cyber operations scenarios
  • ::  Adversarial access methods
  • ::  Infiltration of systems and exfiltration of information
  • ::  Legal, ethical, social and cultural principles related to cyber operations
  • ::  Malware

Hands-On Labs, Online Convenience

As one of the few programs in the U.S. that addresses cyber operations technology, this specialization uses virtual hands-on labs to help students gain critical skills in current technologies. Utica College's online infrastructure provides special servers, virtual machines and experimental environments that give students a "learn by doing" experience. Labs include:

  • ::  Penetration testing
  • ::  Vulnerability assessment
  • ::  Data hiding and steganography
  • ::  Anonymity
  • ::  Autonomous cyber operations

How Does the Cyber Operations Specialization Differ from the Cyber Intelligence or Computer Forensics Specializations?


Cyber Operations

Cyber Intelligence

Computer Forensics


Practical skills in computer network ops: attack, defense, exploitation; Computer programming, operating systems, data hiding, vulnerability assessment and penetration testing

Practical skills in Counter- intelligence, examining terrorist networks, conflict, global crises, analyzing malware

Practical skills in Single host computer forensics, network forensics, real time forensics, mobile forensics

Learning Outcomes

Tactical, Technical, Procedural, Operational

Analytical, Domestic or International; Philosophical


Example Employer

Defense Contractor; Financial Services; Critical Infrastructure

National Intelligence; Homeland Security; Emergency Management; Cyber Fusion centers; Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement; Computer Forensic Examiner; Cyber Fraud Investigation

Utica College’s suite of graduate-level specialties in cybersecurity are all targeted toward detecting, investigating and preventing electronic crimes, and while they share many qualities from required credits to time to completion, there are differences between the Cyber Operations and Cyber Intelligence program specializations in the learning outcomes and primary type of employer.

Demand for Cyber Operations Professionals Made Evident

EMC’s 2015 Cybercrime report highlights major trends in cybercriminal activity that underscore the need for qualified cyber operations experts to combat the ever-changing threat landscape.

One notable trend shows that with 1.5 billion smartphones projected to ship in 2015, mobile provides a larger attack surface, “As well as adapting to the demands of the criminal marketplace, it's well known that criminals also adapt quickly to

the evolving technology landscape. Given the rate of smartphone adoption around the world, we're seeing more focus on mobile threats and fraud than ever before.”

Cyber operations professionals have to adapt and prepare even more quickly. For example, a computer network operations practitioner may be tasked with securely rolling out a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program within one’s organization. Vulnerabilities exist in every employee’s pocket, exposing the network to premium rate scams, data stealing and spying apps, malware and ransomware. These challenges make it more important than ever to have trained CNO experts to enact a secure environment and defend against cybercriminals.

Select Careers for which our Cyber Operations graduates may qualify:

  • ::  Computer Network Defense (CND)
  • ::  Computer Network Attack (CNA)
  • ::  Computer Network Exploitation (CNE)
  • ::  Computer Network Operations (CNO)
  • ::  Penetration testing
  • ::  Vulnerability assessment
  • ::  Military
  • ::  Critical infrastructure

Multiple Recognitions as a National Center of Academic Excellence

Utica College has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE- CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Learn how to prevent and solve cyber crimes within any organization with a MS in Cybersecurity online Cyber Operations specialization. Request more information or call 315.732.2640 or toll-free 866.295.3106 to speak to a Program Manager.