Course Descriptions - Cybersecurity

JBU's Master of Science in Cybersecurity requires 30 hours of coursework, which includes 27 hours of Cybersecurity core coursework and 3 hours of a capstone course.

Cybersecurity Courses

CYB 7103 - Cybersecurity Foundations (3 credit hours)

The course will provide students with an overview of various cybersecurity concepts. We begin by exploring the history, terminology, and need for security, then navigate through ethical, legal and professional issues. We introduce numerous security technologies and their importance. The overview ends with discussions on planning, risk management, and implementing information security.

CYB 7113 - Legal Issues and Ethics (3 credit hours)

This course explores ongoing ethical dilemmas created by technology and the concepts of governance and how it applies to information systems. Discussions deal with topics centered on ethics, regulations, laws, and the importance of compliance to minimize risk.

CYB 7133 Digital Forensics (3 credit hours)

This course covers the fundamentals of digital forensics covering both theoretical and practical foundations of commonly used techniques and methods. Evidence collection, recovery, extraction, and data hiding are essential topics of the course. The discussion also covers processes and procedures required to comply with legal standards of evidence as well as the legal and ethical implications of forensic methods. Prerequisite: CYB 7103.

CYB 7213 Network Security (3 credit hours)

This course explores numerous network technologies. We review network fundamentals and topologies before looking into threats, vulnerabilities, cyber crimes, and information assurance. After covering disasters, access controls, and authentication, the course includes cryptography, firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, wireless and mobile networks, anti-virus/anti-malware, and other topics. The hands-on focus will give students a substantial knowledge of network security technologies as a result.

CYB 7233 Information Technology Risk Management (3 credit hours)

This course examines the risks organizations face and how proper planning can reduce those risks. Discussions include threats, vulnerabilities, compliance, security controls, and assets. The course culminates by discussing risk mitigation plans such as business impact analysis, business continuity plans, disaster recovery plans, and incident response.

CYB 8113 Security Policies and Privacy (3 credit hours)

This course introduces and reinforces the importance of information security policy for all organizations. Topics will include governance, business drivers, types of policies and frameworks, data classification, implementing and maintaining IT security policies. Discussions surrounding privacy and ethics will play an important role in shaping views on policy and their creation.

CYB 8213 Secure Infrastructure Operations (3 credit hours)

This course will focus on the various security technologies used in proactively managing network infrastructures. Topics will include multi-layered defense, security information and event management, traffic analysis, system life-cycle, and distributed management among others. The distinctly hands-on focus will give students a meaningful understanding of all network security operations as a result. Prerequisite: CYB 7213.

CYB 8233 Ethical Hacking and Incident Response (3 credit hours)

This hands-on course delves into the offensive side of security by examining tools and techniques of hackers and professionals alike to identify system weaknesses. Additionally, it will cover responding to incidents, social engineering, and physical security. Prerequisite: CYB 7103.

CYB 8313 Secure Software Design (3 credit hours)

This course will equip the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and operate dependable and secure software systems. It covers topics including emerging threats, development and implementation, application review and testing, vulnerability mapping, web application threats, secure data management, and secure software development frameworks.  Prerequisite: CYB 7103.

CYB 8983 Capstone Project (3 credit hours)

The pinnacle course of the program culminates with a project that integrates all aspects of the program. Students will be required to design policy, model a secure infrastructure, and demonstrate an implementation of technology that complies with both policy and network design for a fictitious company. It will encompass the entirety of the program and ensure students succeed in the workplace. Must be taken during final semester and have advisor approval.



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