Mercyhurst University

Cyber Security Bachelor of Science

An In-Demand Skill Set for the Cyber Age

High-profile domestic and global cyber attacks have made private sector and government decision-makers painfully aware of the need for well-trained cyber security professionals. In response to this growing need, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has established the first undergraduate curriculum guidelines for cyber security, while the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have developed a cyber security certification. 

 

Mercyhurst University’s Cyber Security bachelor’s program is one of the first stand-alone programs in the nation to follow both of these guidelines. Already home to one of the nation’s most respected Intelligence Studies programs, Mercyhurst is now able to leverage our experience, faculty expertise, cutting-edge resources and industry connections to provide an unparalleled cyber education at the undergraduate level.

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Cyber professions are among the fastest-growing careers in the nation, with projected 36 percent job growth by 2024 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) and more than 3 million unfilled job openings in the next few years (Cybersecurity Ventures). 

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Mercyhurst’s Cyber Security programs is the only one in the nation to allow students to pursue a double major with Intelligence Studies, offered through the nation’s largest academic intelligence program.

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The Cyber Security major couples technical computer networking and hacking skills with data analytic skills and cyber law and policy.

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Mercyhurst’s on-campus Network Operations Center, operated by MCPc, offers majors internship opportunities to gain real-world cyber security experience. 



Sample Courses
CIS 261 Information Security

This course introduces students to the concept of securing data in transfer or during storage. This includes a discussion on information security objectives, including data integrity, authentication and privacy; classical ciphers and block ciphers; and cryptography, among other topics. 



CIS 262 Digital Forensics

Digital Forensics offers a theoretical and practical introduction to investigative tools and techniques for managing security incidents and organizing security response teams. Topics include risks, vulnerabilities, and countermeasures, as well as methods for extraction, preservation, and deposition of legal evidence.



CIS 363 Cybersecurity Law & Policy

Explore legal aspects of cyber security, including confidentiality, risk analysis, intellectual property law, contracts in online transactions, tort law issues in cyberspace, the concept of privacy and its legal protections, and the governance of information within organizations.



CIS 360 Computer Systems Security

This course introduces the concept of designing secure computing systems, including network security and protocols, intrusion detection, firewalls, email security, web security, hardware security and trust.



EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

Cyber Facilities

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Dedicated in August 2018, the MCPc Cyber Education Center is an 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art cyber training and mitigation facility on the campus of Mercyhurst University.

Career Opportunities

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The Cyber Security major is one of few undergraduate programs in the nation that can offer the professional training and specialized skill sets required for a cyber career.

Continuing Education

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For majors interested in advancing their education beyond the bachelor’s level, Mercyhurst’s 4+1 master’s programs are excellent options.

Meet the Faculty

M. Afzal Upal, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Computing & Information Science
Angela Berardinelli, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Charles Redmond, Ph.D.
Professor of Computing and Information Science
Mahesh Maddumala, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Computing & Information Science.
Christopher Mansour, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computing and Information Science
Stephen Ousley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computing and Information Science