In a data-driven world, qualified cyber security professionals are an essential line of defense against cyberattacks. Learn to defend and protect networks and information systems with the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity online at Southern New Hampshire University.
Why earn a cyber security degree at SNHU?
By choosing SNHU's online cyber security degree, you'll get a solid foundation in computing and security principles, and hands-on critical application using industry standard tools.
For students seeking a bachelor's that will help them succeed in a competitive global market, we offer the following cyber security concentration:
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This cyber security degree program prepares you to solve complex problems, respond to cyber threats, assess risk, and apply cutting-edge security techniques with courses that include Network Security, Application Security, and Incident Response and Investigation.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning a cyber security degree at SNHU include:
SNHU cyber security graduates are well prepared to launch careers in a wide variety of roles, including:
As data threats expand and evolve – and small and medium-sized businesses increasingly adopt cloud services – the cyber security field is key in protecting the integrity of computer networks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is set to soar 28% through 2026, much faster than the national average for all occupations.*
Southern New Hampshire University's undergraduate cyber security program includes 120 credit hours of general education, business core and degree-specific courses. The bachelor’s in cyber security program will provide hands-on learning with the most current industry tools – accessible via virtual labs that will save you from downloading, installing, updating and trouble-shooting software on your personal computer. In addition, experienced faculty in this program are experts in their fields and will impart their years of earned knowledge to you while providing opportunities to collaborate with other students who share your interests and career goals.
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All undergraduate students are required to take 45 credits of general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 120
Gain familiarity with foundational cybersecurity concepts and terms. Learn the difference between adversarial and environmental threats and analyze how security practitioners respond to each. Explore legal and human factors and examine how they influence the development of organizational security strategies.
Learn the basics of computer networking. Examine different network architectures and approaches to network design. Gain practical experience by performing common network implementation and administration tasks.
Learn about common network-based attacks and how to defeat them. Explore the use of intrusion detection/prevention technologies and information flow controls to protect networked systems. Analyze security concerns related to virtual systems and networks.
Learn the techniques and strategies used to protect modern operating systems. Employ best practices to securely provision operating system components and services. Troubleshoot insecure settings to reduce the risk of system compromise.
Explore the fundamental principles and practices of application security. Identify common software vulnerabilities and develop strategies to reduce their potential impact. Analyze and assess the security posture of multi-tiered web applications.
Explore common strategies and tactics employed by security practitioners to protect networks, systems, applications, and data. Learn the principles of cryptography and examine the critical role it plays in protecting information assets. Analyze the impact of emerging technologies and evolving social trends on the field of cybersecurity.
Examine security concerns associated with humans and their interactions with information systems. Learn about social engineering and how to combat human-focused cyber attacks. Examine the legal and ethical aspects of individual privacy, acceptable use, and other social concerns.
Build upon basic operating system security by securing communication between networked systems. Implement transport layer security (TLS) and a public key infrastructure (PKI). Use a scripting language to automate security-relevant tasks and verify compliance with organizational security standards.
Deploy technologies to detect and defeat network-based attacks. Use common tools to operate at different layers of the network stack, implement information flow controls, and develop reliable methods to identify malicious network traffic.
Explore incident analysis and response techniques within the context of an enterprise. Learn basic digital forensic terminology and how incident response activities inform and augment digital investigations.
Learn how to assess and audit information systems using structured approaches. Discover compliance gaps, identify security vulnerabilities, and recommend corrective actions. Learn how to effectively communicate findings and recommendations to organizational stakeholders.
Apply the principles of risk management to solve real-world security problems. Learn how risk management influences organizational security programs. Explore how the concepts of threat, impact, relevance, and likelihood are woven together to develop balanced, effective security controls.
Create and implement a comprehensive plan to protect an organization's assets from relevant adversarial and environmental threats. Employ basic project management methods to achieve milestones, align resources, and foster collaboration with stakeholders.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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