Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security - Information Assurance

CTU's Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security degree with a concentration in Information Assurance is designed to help the students prepare and develop the knowledge and skills to apply the latest methods, techniques and tools necessary for securing the public and private sectors' critical assets and information.

As our reliance on computers increases and technology grows more sophisticated, the need for cyber security professionals becomes critical to protect users and keep personal information out of the hands of hackers and safe from cyber threats. Courses focus on helping students prepare to work with both technical experts and management to secure the information which is considered essential to the business objectives of an enterprise.

Obtaining the Security+ Certification can provide you with an industry recognized credential that demonstrates your competency in IT security issues. In addition, obtaining the Network+ Certification can provide you with an industry recognized credential that demonstrates your competency in managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, installing and configuring basic network infrastructure. This CTU degree program offers a curriculum designed in accordance with standards set by CompTIA, an industry recognized independent provider of IT certifications.

Coursework is designed to help students prepare and develop knowledge and skills in order to sit for the Security+ and Network+ certification exams.1

CTU has been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD).2

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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  • Total Credits 

    186
  • Program Availability

    Online | Colorado Springs | Denver

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  • Courses

    Degree Requirements

    Courses: General Education
    COMS201Technical and Professional Writing4.5
    ECON210Principles of Macroeconomics4.5
    ENGL104Introductory Written Communication 4.5
    ENGL105Professional Written Communications 4.5
    HIST101Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century4.5
    IT254Spreadsheet Applications4
    MATH109Introduction to Algebra4.5
    MATH112Analytic College Algebra4.5
    MATH203Applications of Discrete Mathematics4.5
    MATH301Data Driven Statistics4.5
    PHIL101Introduction to Ethics4.5
    POLS101Introduction to Political Science4.5
    SCI101Introduction to the Sciences4.5
    SCI201Environmental Science and Sustainability4.5
    SCI203Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course1.5
    SCI103Science and Technology- Laboratory Course1.5
    UNIV104Academic and Career Success4.5
    or
    HUMNELEHumanities Elective4.5
    Total Credit Hours:70
    Courses: Core
    CSS150Introduction to Computer Security4
    CSS200Principles of Network Security4
    CSS250Security Risk Management4
    CSS260Scripting with Perl4
    CSS300Vulnerability Assessment and Management4
    CSS321Software Assurance4
    CSS332Database and Web Vulnerabilities and Security4
    CSS350Computer Forensics I4
    CSS351Computer Forensics II4
    CSS380Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning4
    CSS410Cloud Computing, Privacy and Security4
    CSS441Security Compliance4
    CSS450Security Capstone4
    Total Credit Hours:52
    Courses: Concentration
    CS104Problem Solving Concepts With C++4
    or
    CS107Problem Solving Concepts with Python4
     
    CS115Programming With C++4
    or
    CS117Programming in Python4
     
    CS126Unix Fundamentals4
    or
    CS146Introduction to UNIX4
     
    CS215Intermediate C++ Programming4
    or
    CS217Intermediate Python Programming4
     
    CS362Structured Query Language for Data Management4
     
    CS250Fundamentals of Database Systems4
    or
    CS251Fundamentals of Database Systems4
     
    CSS370Security Architecture4
    CSS430Advanced Research in IAS and IT Management4
    EM200Introduction to Website Development4
    IT145Client/Server Operating Systems4
    IT204Fundamentals of Networking4
    IT305Advanced Networking4
    IT340Client/Server System and Network Administration4
    IT375IT Management Strategy4
    Tech ElectivesSelect two CSS or CS or IT courses8
     
    Total Credit Hours:64

    Total Credit Hours: 186

    National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security

    The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have recognized Colorado Technical University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD). The CTU cyber security curriculum was certified thereby to map to the DHS/NSA cybersecurity knowledge units. This recognition and certification is valid through 2021.

    This CAE IA/CD designation is applicable to this degree program.

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    Tuition

    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

    Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

    Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.

    *The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.

  • Outcomes

    This degree program is designed to provide the following skills and knowledge:

    • Prepare student to evaluate the information security need of a public and private sectors
    • Protect the organization adequately by assessing cyber security risk management policies and rules
    • Investigate computer crimes, properly seizing and recovering computer evidence, and aiding in the prosecution of cyber criminals
    • Measure the organization system security performance
    • Troubleshoot, maintain information security system and offer effect and cost efficient real time security solutions for managing them
    • Formulate, update, and communicate short- and long-term cyber security strategies
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1CTU does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by CTU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to CTU. Therefore, CTU cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

2 CTU has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity for academic years 2014-2021 for its cybersecurity and information assurance programs.