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Cybersecurity Concentration

There are over 285K Cybersecurity Job Openings across the United States*
With more than 285,000 jobs available across the country, your job is out there -- and we can help you obtain the skills you'll need to get hired for it!

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Overview

The computer information systems (CIS) program offers the opportunity for students to
develop knowledge and skills in analysis and design of business information systems,
database development, software development, and networking.

The cybersecurity concentration provides the unique opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in computer and network security, data encryption and decryption, cybersecurity, and ethical hacking. This concentration prepares youvfor professional careers in the rapidly changing field of information technology, network and cybersecurity.

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In this Program 

You will:

  • Earn a specialized curriculum that prepares you for a career in cyber and network security
  • Gain an in-depth, cross-disciplinary training experience by taking courses offered by both computer science and business department
  • Be in high demand as a professional in computer and cybersecurity, the Department of Labor projects 18% job growth in this field by 2024. 

Student Testimonial

“This program provides the opportunity to mix computer science and business together in a way that opened up a career to help my company manage its software tools." KW – 2018   

Career Opportunities

If finding employment or being accepted to graduate school is the criterion of success, then graduates of our computer information systems program have been very successful indeed. Over the last five years, the job placement rate of our graduates has exceeded 95 percent. These students share one important trait: they possess among the most sought-after skills for the 21st century.

Experiential Opportunities

Computer information systems majors can also study abroad in: short-term faculty-led programs, exchange/direct enroll programs, and outside provider-led programs. Imani Hunter, a Computer Science major, studied abroad through our exchange program at Reitaku University in Japan during the Fall of 2018. 

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in computer information systems is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Enrollment and degree productivity data is available in the Fitchburg State University Fact Book (PDF).

Requirements and Curriculum

Cybersecurity Concentration

Requirements for the computer information systems major (PDF), students enrolled in the cybersecurity concentration will take the following courses:

CSC OR BSAD 3040 Cybersecurity Management 3 cr.
CSC 4350 Computer and Network Security 3 cr.
CSC 4005 Ethical Hacking 3 cr.


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*Source: "Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map," CyberSeek. February 2, 2018. The map displays open cybersecurity-related positions from October 2016 through September 2017.