Cyber Threat Intelligence & Defense - B.S.

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The Cyber Threat Intelligence & Defense bachelor’s degree program is designed to fill a critical and growing need for cyber threat intelligence and defense personnel in the public and private sector. Students completing this curriculum should have the understanding of incident response techniques that detect, scope and respond to internal and external intelligence. This intelligence is used to enable network and system defenders to establish protocols that decrease the cyber attacker’s likelihood of success with each ensuing intrusion attempt.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Operate and communicate effectively in working with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Synthesize aspects of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities in the area of cyber operations.
  • Apply current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computer and cyber practices.
  • Measure the performance of security systems within an enterprise level information system infrastructure.
  • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
  • Analyze a problem, identify possible threats, and define the computing requirements appropriate to solve cyber operations issues.

The focus of this program is to educate and train the new wave of cyber specialist that can track, analyze and counter digital security threats. This form of intelligence is a blend of physical reconnaissance and defense with modern information technology techniques. Proactive cyber defense is the direction of the future, the gathering of information about trends and behaviors of adversaries in anticipation to opposing an attack against computers and networks, is critical to mitigating operational risk.

An experiential educational experience is also offered. There are a variety of options available for students to complete the required 9-credit experience. Student may elect to add an additional 4.5 credits based upon advising and prior planning.

Upon graduation, students may be employed in cyber-related jobs ranging from manufacturing, defense, public administration, healthcare and retail trade industries.

An important component of the program’s educational experience is the general studies courses taught by the College of Arts & Sciences. Graduates are expected to show competencies in higher-order thinking, communications, ethics, global diversity, responsible citizenship and leadership.

Cyber Threat, Intelligence & Defense     

A four year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
CSIS1000Problem Solving and Programming Concepts4.5
CSIS1101Computer Science I4.5
CSIS1112Computer Science II4.5
CSIS2030Database Concepts4.5
CSIS2045Introduction to Operating Systems4.5
CSIS2080Database Design4.5
CYB1005Introduction to Cyber Security Operations4.5
CYB2010Computer Architecture with Assembly Language Programming4.5
CYB3011Software Reverse Engineering4.5
CYB3023Large Scale Distributed Systems4.5
CYB3038HCI/Usable Security4.5
CYB4010Computer and Network Forensics4.5
CYB4026Cyber Intelligence4.5
CYB4032Perimeter Protection and Vulnerability Assessment4.5
CYB4044Active Cyber Defense and Countermeasures4.5
ITEC2081Network Protocols I4.5
ITEC2082Network Protocols II4.5
ITEC3050Information Security4.5
ITEC3075Network Security4.5
ITEC3083Wireless Networking4.5
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I4.5
PRMG2010Introduction to Project Management4.5
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 9 credits from the following: *9
Directed Experiential Education **
Technical Solutions Team I
Technical Solutions Team II
College of Engineering & Design Internship ***
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level.
Arts and Humanities9
Crisis and Controversy: A Critical Thinking Approach
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, or REL
Discrete Mathematics ****
General Physics I
General Physics I Laboratory
Social Sciences9
Foundations of Leadership Studies
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Elective #
4.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university. 4.5
Total Credits182.5

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.