Beginning in Fall 2021, the Department of Computer Information Systems is pleased to offer a concentration in Cybersecurity for all CIS majors. In order to add the concentration to your CIS major, students will need to make an appointment with a WCOB advisor. Students who are interested in pursuing the Cybersecurity concentration should email Samantha Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Scott Hunsinger (email@example.com) as well as make an advising appointment with WCOB Advising.
In addition to the CIS major core classes, to earn this concentration, students will need to take the following courses:
CIS Cybersecurity Concentration Required Courses (6 hours)
Take both of the following:
CIS 3740 - Audit Analytics
CIS 3840 - Managing Security
CIS Cybersecurity Concentration Electives (3 Hours)
Take one of the following:
CIS 3820 – Ethics and Privacy
CIS 3880 - Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures
In addition to CIS 3840 (Managing Security), CIS 3820 (Ethics and Privacy) will be offered in Fall 2021. The course description is provided below:
This course will examine how information systems impact both individuals and organizations. Cultural, ethical, moral, human interaction, privacy, security, and relationship issues will be analyzed and discussed through the use of case studies and papers. The focus of this course will be on the ethical and privacy issues related to security enhancement and the growing use of the Internet.
Once the Registrar's office has made updates to the bulletin, students continuing next fall will be able to declare the new concentration. More information will be sent to all CIS majors at a later time.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for information security analysts will grow by 32% between 2018 and 2028, which is higher than the average for all other occupations. "The U.S. has a total employed cybersecurity workforce consisting of 715,000 people, and there are currently 314,000 unfilled positions, according to Cyber Seek, a project supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Members of the CNBC Tech Council put the number of U.S. technology job openings at 700,000 to 1 million over the past 12 to 24 months. Based on those figures, cybersecurity positions made up 32-45 percent of all U.S. tech job openings" (https://cybersecurityventures.com/jobs/).