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Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Cybersecurity Specialization

IT networks—and the data that resides on them—are valuable assets. Like any valuable, these assets attract the attention of criminals who want to disrupt service or steal sensitive information. They are also subject to leaks and loss. If you want to understand the threats facing data assets and methods for securing them, earn your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Cybersecurity at Salem International University.

Our IT degree program, presented in an accelerated, 40-month schedule, teaches a combination of technical knowledge and practical data and network security skills.

We offer this program on campus in West Virginia or through convenient online learning.

Objectives of This Program

As a graduate of this IT bachelor’s program, you should be prepared to:

  • Apply IT theory to practical, real-world needs
  • Develop, test, and implement data security solutions
  • Manage IT projects through the use of generally-accepted project management practices
  • Monitor, detect, and respond to threats
  • Assess the data management and security needs of businesses and implement solutions

Career Opportunities

When you earn your BSIT in Cybersecurity with us, you’ll be prepared to pursue career opportunities such as:

  • IT project management
  • Data or network security analytics
  • Computer crime investigation
  • Data security consulting

This program also prepares you to pursue a master’s degree in IT after graduation.

Program of Study

These five concentration courses are in addition to the courses from the main Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

  • IT405 Computer Forensics
  • IT409 Basic Networking
  • IT410 Enterprise Networking
  • IT420 Information Systems Security
  • IT425 Advanced Cybersecurity

It takes 10 consecutive academic semesters of 12 semester credit hours each or 3 credit hours per month to complete the entire degree program—40 months in total.

Course Format

SIU offers the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology online or on campus in West Virginia. Both learning options feature:

  • The same curriculum and accelerated course sequence
  • Experienced faculty who support your goals
  • A diverse learning community
  • Comprehensive preparation for your career in IT

Course Descriptions

IT405 – Computer Forensics (3 Credits)
This course is designed to help students learn the internal components of a computer and then to expound on that knowledge to understand how digital evidence is collected and analyzed for presentation to the court system. Intrusion detection and prevention systems will be discussed along with proxies and firewall implementation and conducting vulnerability assessments. Both volatile and persistent data will be examined and the student will investigate ways to capture it. In addition, the effect of system administration duties will be discussed related to the admissibility of evidence in court. The legal aspects of data collection will also be examined as the techniques used will determine whether evidence is admissible.

IT409 – Basic Networking (3 Credits)
This course provides students with the fundamentals of networking, while exposing students to simulations that lead to practical experience, and opportunities to fully understand Systems Development Life Cycle. The course teaches networking based on application, covering networking concepts within the context of network environments that students may encounter in their daily lives, from small office and home office (SOHO) networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models. This course helps prepare students for entry-level career opportunities, continuing education, and certifications.

IT410 – Enterprise Networking (3 Credits)
This course will provide students with a general knowledge of networking theory, while giving students practical experience, and opportunities for career exploration and soft-skills development. The course teaches networking based on application, covering networking concepts within the context of network environments that students may encounter in their daily lives – from small office corporate office (WAN-LAN) networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models. This course helps prepare students for entry-level career opportunities, continuing education, and globally-recognized Cisco CCENT and CCNA certifications.

IT420 – Information Systems Security
This course provides an introduction to computer network security. Students successfully completing this course will be able to evaluate works in academic and commercial security, and will have rudimentary skills in security research. The course begins at the tutorial of the basic elements of cryptography, cryptanalysis, and system security, and continues by covering a number of seminal papers and monographs on a wide range of security areas.

IT425 – Advanced Cybersecurity (3 Credits)
This advanced course on cybersecurity will educate students about implementing information security systems properly. The course will detail a layered approach and skillset relative to protecting institutional systems from malware, viruses, cybercrime, social engineering or phishing, web threats such as denial of service attacks, hacking and the protection of physical and intellectual assets. Students also diagnose and monitor system events and conduct vulnerability assessments and design firewalls for the protection of institution networks.

Overview of Admission Requirements

Anyone who wishes to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • High school graduate or equivalent (such as a GED or international secondary institution).

High school transcripts (and/or college transcripts for transfer students) must be provided before the end of the first semester of study. International students will need to provide results of credential evaluation and English language capability.

Please see the application page for more details.

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