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.
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
- Access Control
- 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
- Capstone Course
- Communication and Technical Writing
- Introduction to Statistics
- Social Psychology
- 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!
3 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)
Have 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).
$465/Per Credit Hour
$396/Per Credit Hour
$330/Per Credit Hour
Regions have been defined by the ECCU Governing Board. Student tuition rates are based on their official government photo ID that was submitted with the student admission application to determine the student’s region.
Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Bahamas, Chez Republic, Chile, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Korean, Spain, Turkey, and Uruguay.
All of Africa, Argentina, Barbados, Basina, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
Applications from individuals within countries listed on the United States Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) as sanctioned will not be accepted.
What Your Future Holds!
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 Analyst
- Security Architect
- Security Engineer
- Security Consultant
- Security Systems Administrator
- Network Security Engineer/ Analyst
- Risk/ Vulnerability Analyst
- Computer Forensic Analyst
- Computer Network Defender
- Computer Network Defense Analyst
- Web Application Security Engineer
- Forensic Analyst
- Digital Forensic Examiner
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