College of Computing

Cloud computing, e-commerce, remote healthcare, autonomous cars and buildings. Our world is increasingly reliant on cyber-based technologies, systems, networks, and devices, and the safe, secure access to personal data. Your career in cybersecurity will make an impact.

Cybersecurity—BS

Defenders of the Digital Frontier

The demand for cybersecurity experts has never been greater. Every day, hackers and cyber criminals launch new, more sophisticated computer viruses, malware, and scams that threaten the data our society relies on. In fact, a 2018 report from cybersecurity firm McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), estimates that cybercrime costs the global economy $600 billion a year.1

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity at Michigan Tech aims to be part of the solution to the nation's cybersecurity workforce needs. At Michigan Tech you'll develop next-generation cyber skills to confront emerging cyber threats.

You'll acquire theoretical knowledge and practical know-how to strategically assess, plan, design, and implement effective cybersecurity defenses. You'll learn best practices and techniques for software development, data assets design, and the management and protection of valuable computing infrastructure. You'll develop trusted software systems in an enterprise team environment. And you'll understand the social, ethical, legal, and policy aspects of cybersecurity.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. employers in the private and public sectors posted an estimated 313,735 job openings in the cybersecurity profession between September 2017 and August 2018. That's in addition to the 715,000-plus cybersecurity workers currently employed around the country. 2 And employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.3

Chose Your Concentration

1) Software Security

If you enjoy coding and want to develop secure and trusted software systems, this is the concentration for you. Learning and adopting best practices and techniques at each phase of the software development cycle is key to ensuring the strength the security of software systems and applications. In the Software Security concentration, you'll learn to systematically design, develop, deploy, and test trusted software and applications. You'll find and fix common software and application vulnerabilities, preventing attackers from exploiting them.

2) System and Network Security

If you prefer hands-on learning and want to secure IT systems and infrastructure, this is the concentration for you. You'll learn to manage and secure computer systems, networks, and IT infrastructure from unauthorized access, attacks, misuse, or damage by implementing security processes, technologies, and best practices. You'll combine multiple layers of defenses, implement security policies and controls, detect emerging threats before they infiltrate the network, and perform critical functions within a secure enterprise environment.

Careers

Cybersecurity experts are in great demand. Your Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity from Michigan Tech prepares you for rewarding, well-compensated careers including:

  • Cybersecurity response specialist
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Cyber threat analyst
  • Security operations specialist
  • Information analyst
  • Security policy analyst/manager
  • Security architect, programmer, or engineer
  • Forensics analyst investigator
  • Ethical hacker/penetration analyst
  • IT auditor
  • Application security specialist
  • Network security analyst
  • Information assurance engineer

1https://www.mcafee.com/enterprise/en-us/assets/reports/restricted/rp-economic-impact-cybercrime.pdf

2https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2018/11/new-data-show-demand-cybersecurity-professionals-accelerating

3https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm