The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security program prepares students to obtain knowledge for careers in cybersecurity and assurance. The cybersecurity program consists of topical areas dealing with cybersecurity management, incident response, and security threat assessment, which requires students to be creators of knowledge and inventors of processes, not merely users of information. Additionally, students will receive instruction in leadership and management in preparation for becoming managers and directors.
Level of study: Undergraduate
Number of courses: 20 (60 Credit Hours)
Duration: 2 Years
Term begins on: July 6, 2021
Mode of study: Online (Flexible with Hands-On Experience)
Developed from a learning model based on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Thinking, the information security bachelor degree’s educational objectives identify what students should learn, understand, and be able to do as a result of their studies with ECCU.
The university’s cybersecurity programs are established with a mix of both business management and technology applied practical studies. This is based on the industry’s need to have a balance of applied skills and disciplines in both technical domains of study and practical business knowledge in the workplace. The purely technical theory or heavily managerial focus of some programs does not produce as well rounded a cybersecurity expert as is generally desired by industry.
The program objectives are:
Application of technical strategies, tools, and techniques to secure data and information for a customer or client.
Adherence to a high standard of ethical behavior.
Use of research in both established venues and innovative applications to expand the body of knowledge in information assurance.
Application of principles of critical thinking to creatively and systematically solve the problems and meet the challenges of the ever-changing environments of cybersecurity.
Mastery of the skills necessary to move into leadership roles in companies, agencies, divisions, or departments.
ECCU’s Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security coursework is delivered 100% online and asynchronously providing the flexibility of time management whereby students can attend to coursework at any time of day/night or weekends (24×7). There is a structure to the week and term whereby attendance and submissions must meet predefined deadlines each week and weekly attendance and participation are mandatory.
Synchronous scheduled class times are not utilized but adherence to discussion and homework weekly posting deadlines are.
The course utilizes traditional university terms (semesters of 12 weeks) and is structured accordingly. So the course delivery sits in a flexible middle ground between the structure of set class times and attendance and the open-ended system of self-paced independent study courses.
Each course is instructor-led by credentialed professors with industry experience with a maximum enrolment of 30 students. Guided discussion, interaction/engagement, assistance/support, and grading/feedback will be done with your professor weekly as the course proceeds.
Courses typically consist of a mixture of weekly threaded discussions, reading materials, iLabs (ECCU’s online virtual platform to practice), presentation support (PowerPoint and/or video), quizzes/exams, and/or research projects/papers.
Fundamentals of Information Systems Security
Legal Issues in Cyber Security
Managing Risk in Information Systems
Security Policies and Implementation Issues
Auditing IT Infrastructures for Compliance
Security Strategies in Windows Platforms and Applications
Security Strategies in Linux Platforms and Applications
Network Security, Firewalls, and VPNs
Hacker Techniques, Tools, and Incident Handling
Internet Security: How to Defend Against Online Attackers
System Forensics, Investigation, and Response
Wireless and Mobile Device Security
Communication and Technical Writing
Introduction to Statistics
Ethics for the Business Professional
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Project Management
100% Virtualization for a Complete Learning Experience!
iLabs was built for you, whether beginner or expert, iLabs is completely customizable to your needs. No experience necessary!
Practical hands-on learning provides access to real-world tools and scenarios, boosts knowledge retention, and is proven to be more effective at preparing you for the job!
7 Industry Certifications Included in the Program
ECCU’s BSCS has the unique ability to allow students to join our program and walk away with a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and three EC-Council industry-recognized certifications.
Students requesting admission to undergraduate degree programs shall:
Have earned an associate’s degree or foreign equivalent from an appropriately accredited institution that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)orHave completed 60+ semester credit hours (90+ quarter credit hours) or foreign equivalent from an appropriately accredited institution that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
Submit proof of High School Diploma or foreign equivalent
Have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0
Have completed a college-level English and Math class with a grade of C or higher
Demonstrate proof of English proficiency
In addition to the specific degree requirements, each candidate for graduation must meet the following requirements:
Completion of 60 credit hours of 300/400 level courses in which the candidate earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
Completion of 120 + total semester credit hours including all transfer credit awarded
Satisfactory completion of the summative capstone course
All degree requirements must be completed within one and a half times the program length or have a cumulative course completion rate of 67% of coursework from the date the student enrolls in the University and begins the program
Grad Track Option
With EC-Council University’s Grad Track option, a student can earn credits towards their Master of Science in Cyber Security program while completing their Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security degree. BSCS students can take a maximum of nine (9) credit hours of MSCS courses. These courses will be ECCU 500, ECCU 501, and ECCU 502 which will transfer to CIS 403, CIS 404, and CIS 406, respectively, into the BSCS program. These credits will count toward the BSCS program and can be applied to the MSCS degree if accepted into the program.
To qualify for a Grad Track option, you must:
Be an active student at ECCU, pursuing a BSCS degree in their junior/senior year with at least 90 credit hours at the time of application to Grad Track;
Have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA to begin a Master’s level course;
Meet any prerequisite coursework requirements for each course; and
Complete a Grade Track Form.
Benefits of the Grad Track Option
BSCS/MSCS Career Advancement – reducing your MSCS program requirements from 36 credit hours to 27 credit hours = Completing your MSCS degree faster.
Cost Saving – you get to pay the undergraduate rate for these three (ECCU 500, ECCU 501, and ECCU 502) Master’s level courses (which will transfer to CIS 403, CIS 404, and CIS 406, respectively into the BSCS program).
Job and Career Prospects
Earning a degree in cybersecurity will teach you various methods used to protect data and information systems through skills like network security, ethical hacking, and cyber forensics that will help you achieve various job roles in the cybersecurity industry.
Security Systems Administrator
Network Security Engineer/ Analyst
Risk/ Vulnerability Analyst
Computer Forensic Analyst
Computer Network Defender
Computer Network Defense Analyst
Web Application Security Engineer
Digital Forensic Examiner