Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Forensics

The objective of this program is to prepare students for the development and support of computer information systems with regard to Cybersecurity and Forensics. The program utilizes a combination of skill sets to assist the student in developing their expertise focused in cybersecurity and forensics. The curriculum is designed to give students a solid foundation in liberal arts as well as the practical and theoretical aspects of business. Several opportunities are integrated into the curriculum to assist students in achieving industry recognized certifications (A+, Security+, Net+, CCNA). This program is certified through the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), which provides students a solid credential to assist with the move into the national security sector upon degree completion.

On Campus and Online
Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Forensics are offered on campus and online as part of our online learning experience.

Cybersecurity and Forensics Students Learn:

 

  • Networks and Telecommunications
  • Computer Forensics
  • Network Security and Defense
  • Security Compliance
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Effective Communication Skills

Why Cybersecurity?

Is a Bachelor Degree in Cybersecurity and Forensics Right For Me?

If you are looking for a technology position that focuses specifically on planning and carrying out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems from a wide variety of threats, then this is the right career path for you!

Expanding Career Opportunities

Individuals with a solid working knowledge of cybersecurity skills are in high demand in today’s business and governmental environments. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity and Forensics, students achieve a working knowledge of widely used office application packages, hardware and operating systems, problem solving techniques, and a core development of cybersecurity skills to best protect information systems from impending threats. Employment in cybersecurity and forensics occupations is expected to increase by 37 percent from 2012 to 2022*, due to the continuous increase in cyberattacks.

*Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm

A Career in Cybersecurity and Forensics May Be a Good Fit For You if:

  • You enjoy working with new and innovative technologies.
  • You have the desire to protect valuable business information and systems.
  • You are a skillful troubleshooter and penetration tester.
  • You demonstrate sound critical thinking skills.
  • You are a good communicator.
  • You are adept at detecting system vulnerabilities.

Careers

What Can I Do With an Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity and Forensics?

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Forensics program is designed to prepare students for the planning and carrying out of security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems solutions through the utilization of a combination of skill sets which assist students in developing their cybersecurity and forensics expertise. The occupations that are included within this career field are growing rapidly and Hodges University is prepared to help pave the way for students interested in these exciting and lucrative computer information technology careers. This program is certified through the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), which provides students a solid credential to assist with the move into the national security sector upon degree completion.

Cybersecurity and Forensics Careers

SPECIALTIES
  • Information Security Analyst
  • System, Network, and/or Web Penetration Tester
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Security Architect
  • Intrusion Analyst
  • Vulnerability Researcher
  • Security Auditor
  • Computer Crime Investigator
INDUSTRIES
  • Computer Systems Design
  • Company and Enterprise Management
  • Software Design
  • Consulting
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Electronic Purchasing/Selling

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

You may enter the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Forensics program during any semester. A full time student, enrolled in 12 semester hour credits per term, or typically 3 courses, can complete this program in approximately 4 years.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I.

Cybersecurity and Forensics Component

A.

Computer Information Technology Core

Semester Hour Credit

CIT1002 Foundations for College Success

CIT1002 - Foundations for College Success - 2 Credits

The Foundations for College Success course is a two credit course designed specifically for first year technology students and new technology students who do not have minimum of 60 transferable credit hours or an Associate’s Degree. This course must be completed the first semester at Hodges University. In this course, students will learn the skills needed to face the real-life challenges of returning to school and juggling not just school, but family, a job, and other responsibilities. Students will begin to develop and apply critical thinking skills to meet the requirements of being a student in the school of technology and the eventual transition into a technology or design professional.

2
CIT1015 Hardware Support Essentials

CIT1015 - Hardware Support Essentials - 4 Credits

This course is designed to provide a student with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully address the most common PC hardware concerns. Hardware topics include basic functionality, and the selection, installation, and maintenance of PC components. Hands-on hardware projects coupled with essential lecture concepts provide support in preparation to take the A+ certification exam.


CIT2015 Hardware and Operating Systems

CIT2015 - Hardware and Operating Systems - 4 Credits

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the installation, configuration, upgrading, and troubleshooting of various computer operating systems. Emphasis on the various advantages and disadvantages of each of the major operating systems will be presented, and the various lab work required will assist the student in retaining those skills and concepts acquired in CIT1015.

Prerequisite: CIT1015 (Certification Exam Fee required)

4
DDG2310 Introduction to Web Design

DDG2310 - Introduction to Web Design - 4 Credits

This course is designed to teach students the proper procedures to create and post web pages suitable for course work, professional purposes, and personal use. Topics include basic skills of FTP, search engines, browsers, Internet literacy and secure Web design. The HTML language is stressed as the tool for web site creation. Also investigated are popular GUI interfaces such as Adobe Dreamweaver.

Prerequisite: CAP1000

4
CIT2410 Introduction to Database Management Systems (DBMS)

CIT2410 - Introduction to Database Management Systems (DBMS) - 4 Credits

This course presents the concepts of managing data and information in databases with a focus on the Relational Database Model. Database design using entity/relationship diagrams and secure database concepts are covered. Students will be introduced to Structured Query Language (SQL) and to client-server computing using Microsoft SQL Server.

Prerequisites: CAP2000

4
CIT2510 Program Design & Problem Solving

CIT2510 - Program Design & Problem Solving - 4 Credits

An introductory course that introduces students to the four basic steps common to all programming: Problem Analysis, Algorithm Design, Coding and Testing. The course is designed to enforce good style and logical thinking. Programming mechanics and proper use of control structures are emphasized. The Java programming language is used to implement key topics. At course end, students will be able to plan the logic for complete programs.

Prerequisite: CAP1000

4
CIT2520 Introduction to Scripting

CIT2520 - Introduction to Scripting - 4 Credits

This course introduces the student to script programming. It provides an overview of current scripting languages, techniques, and standards. Various types of scripting will be investigated, including client-side scripting, server-side scripting, network scripting, and shell scripting.

Prerequisite: CIT2510

4

Total CIT Core
26

B.

Cybersecurity and Forensics Core


ISM3700 Networks and Telecommunications

ISM3700 - Networks and Telecommunications - 4 Credits

Business managers, computer programmers, system designers, and home computer users alike need a thorough understanding of the basic features, operations, and limitations of different types of computer networks. This course will examine the current environment of business networks and telecommunications. An assessment of global telecommunications networks, business equipment, and regulation. Topics include voice and data services, technical standards, transborder data flow issues, network competition, and the role of telecommunications in economic development in the business environment.

Prerequisite: ISM1700

4
ISM3830 Computer Forensics

ISM3830 - Computer Forensics - 4 Credits

The main goal of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to identify, track, and prosecute the cybercriminal. It is designed to expose the student to the process of detecting attacks and collecting evidence in a forensically sound manner with the intent to report crime and prevent future attacks. Students will be introduced to advanced techniques in computer investigation and analysis with interest in generating potential legal evidence. In full, this course provides for the preparation to identify evidence in computer related crime and abuse cases as well as track the intrusive hacker’s path through a client system. This course will help the student to profile an intruder’s footprint and gather all necessary information and evidence to support prosecution in a court of law.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, CIT3220 or ISM3700.

4
CIT4260 Fundamentals of System and Network Security

CIT4260 - Fundamentals of System and Network Security - 4 Credits

The main goal of this course is to introduce to the student methods to identify vulnerabilities and take appropriate countermeasures to prevent and mitigate risks for an organization. Students will learn how to create a secure network by putting policies and procedures in place, and how to restore a network in the event of a disaster. This course also serves to expose the student to diverse technologies while mapping them to real world applications. The course looks at cybercrime and security by explaining basic security procedures and challenges that arise in the workplace, and includes discussions of the various security threats and attacks to which today’s computer users are vulnerable.

Prerequisites: CIT2520 and CIT3220 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
CIT4245 System & Security Administration

CIT4245 - System & Security Administration - 4 Credits

Students learn to install, configure and manage a client/server network. Students will install, configure and administer a modern network operating system. They will also learn to trouble-shoot a variety of common problems. Emphasis will be on concepts and skills needed to become a successful local-area network administrator. Interoperability with other network operating systems will also be introduced.

Prerequisite: CIT4260 (Certification Exam Fee required)

4
CIT4810 Network Defense

CIT4810 - Network Defense - 4 Credits

The main goal of this course is to provide students with a vendor neutral approach to defending a network from intrusion and hackers. It covers the fundamental skills in evaluating internal and external threats to network security, design, and how to enforce network level security policies, and ultimately protect an organization’s information. Covering a broad range of topics from secure network fundamentals, protocols and analysis, standards and policy, hardening infrastructure, to configuring IPS, IDS, and firewalls, bastion host and honeypots, among many other topics, students completing this course will have a full understanding of defensive measures taken to secure an organization’s information.

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: CIT4260 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean.

4
CIT4820 Security Penetration Testing

CIT4820 - Security Penetration Testing - 4 Credits

The content of this course is designed to expose the student to groundbreaking methodologies in conducting thorough information security analysis, as well as advanced penetration testing techniques. Armed with the knowledge, along with hands-on experience, students will be able to perform the intensive assessments required to effectively identify and mitigate risks to the security of the organization’s infrastructure.

Prerequisite: CIT4260 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean Program Chair.

4
CIT4830 Ethical Hacking

CIT4830 - Ethical Hacking - 4 Credits

This class will immerse the student into an interactive environment where they will be shown how to scan, test, hack and secure their own systems. The lab intensive environment gives each student in-depth knowledge and practical experience with the current essential security systems. Students will begin by understanding how perimeter defenses work and then be lead into scanning and attacking their own networks, no real network is harmed. Students then learn how intruders escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to secure a system. Students will also learn about intrusion detection, policy creation, social engineering, DDoS attacks, buffer overflows and virus creation.

Prerequisite: CIT4260 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean.

4
ISM4830 Information Systems Security Compliance

ISM4830 - Information Systems Security Compliance - 4 Credits

This course will provide an in depth study of the managerial and procedural aspects of effectively securing enterprise information systems. Topics in this course will include security policies and best practices, asset classification and control, personnel security, business continuity management, regulatory compliance, operational security, and information security program lifecycles. The course will include an analysis of current practices and procedures in securing critical information infrastructures, with an emphasis placed on emerging trends and opportunities for research in the management of information security.

Prerequisite: Completion of ISM core.

4
ISM4610 Project Management

ISM4610 - Project Management - 4 Credits

Managing projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project. Topics include project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management; managing the changes in organizations resulting from introducing or revising information systems; identifying project champions, working with user teams, training, and documentation; and the change management role of the IT specialist.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, COM3015

4
CIT4521 Systems Analysis and Solutions Architectures

CIT4521 - Systems Analysis and Solutions Architectures - 4 Credits

This course covers the analysis of business requirements and the definition of technical solutions architectures. Topics include security, performance, maintenance, extensibility, integration into existing applications, data models, and conceptual and logical designs. Certification (MS, ICCP) opportunities exist upon course completion.

Prerequisites: Completion of CIT Core or ISM Core

4

Total Networking Core
40

C.

Business Core


GEB1012 Introduction to Business

GEB1012 - Introduction to Business - 4 Credits

A survey course in the principles of business as practiced in the market system economy. Topics include introductory studies in marketing, economics, human resources, forms of business ownership, global dimensions, organizational structure, management, business ethics, and financial terminology.

4
CAP2000 Advanced Computer Applications

CAP2000 - Advanced Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course is a continuation of CAP1000. It provides a more in-depth coverage of the current Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). This is a required course for all CIT majors, but will also be open to other students desiring further computer experience as an elective course. Students taking both CAP1000 and CAP2000 will be prepared to take one or more of the MCAS certification exams.

Prerequisite: CAP1000 (Certification Exam Fee required)

4
ACG2001 Principles of Accounting I

ACG2001 - Principles of Accounting I - 4 Credits

This introductory financial accounting course is the first of a two course sequence dealing with the information needs of a variety of stakeholders. Topics include the accounting cycle and bookkeeping process, assets, liabilities, owner’s equity, income measurement, cash flow analysis and fundamental financial statements. Specific emphasis is on the sole proprietorship and partnership entities.

Prerequisite: MAC1132 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
FIN3000 Personal Finance

FIN 3000 - Personal Finance - 4 Credits

A study of personal financial management including income, budgeting, consumer credit, real estate, stock investments, mutual funds, insurance and taxes.

Prerequisite: MAC1132 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean.

4
ISM4120 IT Policy and Strategy

ISM4120 - IT Policy and Strategy - 4 Credits

This course focuses on the activities of organizations in relation to the use, creation, and exploitation of technology, and considers many key theories and tools that CIO’s may use. It examines well-established information technologies as well as emerging technologies and the evolving reality of technological innovation in leading companies and industries by the use of case studies.

Prerequisites: CAP1000, ENG1101, COM3015

4

Total Business Core
20

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component


CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications- 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a level of basic proficiency.

4
ENG1101 English Composition

ENG1101 - English Composition- 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
PSY11012 Strategic Thinking

PSY1102 - Strategic Thinking - 2 Credits

This course focusses on the process by which attitudes are developed, evaluated, and changed. Students will focus on applying critical thinking skills to understand current issues, belief systems and ethical positions.

2
POS2050 American National Government

POS2050 - American National Government- 4 Credits

The purpose of this course is to survey the organization, structure and function of the three branches and levels of government in the United States. The course will trace the evolution of the American governmental system including the institutions and processes that are in place to govern the United States of America.

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics- 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
MAC2102 College Algebra

MAC2102 - College Mathematics- 4 Credits

This course provides the student with an introduction to algebra, including properties of real numbers, solving linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomials, factoring, and operations with rational expressions, operations with radicals, solving quadratic equations, graphing and working with linear equations and inequalities in two variables, working with the concept of a function; graphing and working with quadratic functions, graphing and operations of exponential functions, graphing and operations of logarithmic functions, and solving systems of two linear equations.

Prerequisite:Prerequisite: MAC1132

4
STA3014 Statistics

STA3014 - Statistics- 4 Credits

This course introduces the students to statistical techniques in descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency and variation, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals.

Prerequisite: MAC1132

4
COM3015 Professional Communication

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts

4
PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

4

Total Liberal Arts Component
34

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

120

Benefits

How is Hodges Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity and Forensics Different?

The Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity and Forensics curriculum gives students an in-depth specialization within the area of cybersecurity and forensics, which builds on the materials that were introduced in the broad scope of the Associate Degree in Computer Information Technology. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have achieved the knowledge base to be prepared for an occupation that focuses on planning and carrying out of security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems from a wide variety of threats. In addition, there are several opportunities integrated into the curriculum to assist students in achieving industry recognized certifications (A+, Security+, Net+, and CCNA). This program is certified through the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), which provides students a solid credential to assist with the move into the national security sector upon degree completion. The liberal arts and business components of this degree complement the technical component, making the student well-rounded and highly employable in today’s business environment.

Our Small Class Size

Our class size averages 14 students. The small class sizes ensure you receive the attention you need.

Our Curriculum and Technology

The Cybersecurity and Forensics program at Hodges University provides unique educational advantages through this career oriented program, while focusing on the technical skills most useful in the cybersecurity and forensics field. Hodges University provides extensive computer hardware and software for hands-on student use. Several opportunities are integrated into the curriculum to assist students in achieving industry recognized certifications (A+, Security+, Net+, and CCNA). This program is certified through the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), which provides students a solid credential to assist with the move into the national security sector upon degree completion. The University offers students the use of updated computer systems with the Microsoft Office Suite of products, local and wide area networks, direct access to the internet, a technology oriented library, technology labs, and so much more.

Hodges prides itself on providing technology for its students. Fifty-four percent of classrooms at Hodges are equipped with a computer for each seat, including several classrooms that are outfitted for advanced technology studies. Hodges’ Fisher School of Technology students also have the advantage of learning from faculty members that have real world experience.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

Rewards Plan

Full time undergraduate students can take advantage of our Rewards Plan. Take an additional course at no extra cost and save up to 25% on undergraduate tuition.

Prospective students should contact Admissions at 844-HODGESU or admit@hodges.edu for more information. Current students should contact the Registrar's Office at 239-938-7818 or registrar@hodges.edu for more information.

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Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

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