Students obtaining a degree in cybersecurity will learn how to protect the confidentiality and integrity of information and information systems.
According to the school, the curriculum will focus on the basics of information systems as well as advanced topics in “network security, cryptography, risk management, security governance, business continuity, security architecture, physical security and critical infrastructures.” The program prepares students for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional exam (CISSP.)
“Demand for certified security professionals is expected to rise as global commerce and modern society becomes increasingly dependent on information systems and related technologies,” said Kenneth Knapp, cybersecurity program director and associate professor of information and technology management. “The UT cybersecurity major will develop students to be leaders in the growing cybersecurity field and employed by prominent organizations worldwide.”
Cybersecurity careers include forensic experts, web penetration testers, security architects, cryptographers and source code auditors. According to the website CIO, which serves chief information officers and other IT professionals, the average salary in the cybersecurity field is $116,000.
The program is part of UT’s Sykes College of Business. A new multi-purpose academic and administrative building is currently under construction to house the accredited program.
Topics of study will include:
- Application development;
- Information technology infrastructure;
- Information security principles;
- Information security standards, risk management and compliance;
- Network security and cryptography;
- Physical and operational security;
- Penetration testing and ethical hacking;
- Professional certification test preparation;
- Cybersecurity capstone.