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Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations (CYAOP)

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The Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations (CYAOP) Bachelor of Science program prepares students to protect digital information from attack through cyberdefense strategies. With a foundation in mathematics and computer programming, students will be prepared to recognize, analyze, defend against, and manage risks related to a wide range of threats to online information, data stores, and networks.

Whether it is the hacking of critical datasets by a nation-state, the theft of personal information by cybercriminals, or cyberattacks by terrorist groups or other aggressors, students will analyze security issues from the perspective of human and information systems. They’ll learn to anticipate and identify threats through the mastery of technology, articulate potential impacts to stakeholders, and ensure the safety of online information.

Please note that the Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations major is only offered at the University Park campus. This major cannot be added as a concurrent major at this time.

Tentative Roll Out of New CYBER Courses

Tentative Roll Out of CYBER Courses

COURSES

FIRST AVAILABLE OFFERING

CYBER 100 (3): Computer Systems Literacy

Spring 2018

CYBER 262 (3): Cyber-Defense Studio
Prerequisites: CYBER 100 and IST 140

Fall 2018

CYBER 342 (3): Incident Handling & Response
Prerequisites: CYBER 262, SRA 221. SRA 231

Spring 2019

CYBER 362 (3): Security Analytics Studio
Prerequisites: STAT 200, IST 261, CYBER 262 and SRA 365 can be concurrent

Spring 2019

CYBER 366 (3): Malware Analytics
Prerequisites: IST 242, IST 261, CYBER 262

Spring 2019

CYBER 440 (3): Cybersecurity Capstone
Prerequisites: CYBER 342W, ENGL 202 and 7th semester standing

Fall 2019/Spring 2020

NOTE 1: This plan is for student planning purposes only. Please be aware that the details and timelines can change as resources change. Please check back on this web site on a regular basis for updates. Students must follow prerequisites noted after each course.

NOTE 2: Students in their 5th semester in the College of IST and beyond must be aware that if they change into this new major, that their graduation date will be extended.

Prescribed Core Courses

This course introduces students to the components of a computer, historical and future perspectives of computing, data representation techniques and a comparison of operating system functions (e.g. Windows vs. Linux).

Provides hands-on experience with cyber defensive technologies to include intrusiton detection systems, firewalls, antivirus and other defensive tools.

Prerequisite: CYBER 100, IST 140

Students develop and document an incident response plan for a company. Students will become familiar with the NIST standards for responding to cyber incidents. This is a writing-intensive course. This course fulfils the writing across the curriculum general education requirement.

Prerequisite: CYBER 262, SRA 221, SRA 231

Learn techniques to analyze data from cyber systems. Write code in Python or R to process log files, find anomalies and identify trends.

Prerequisite: STAT 200, IST 261, CYBER 262, SRA 365 concurrent

Conduct analysis of viruses, worms and other malware. Perform dynamic analysis of outcomes of the malware. Conduct basic static analysis to identify key elements in the malware that can be helpful in understanding its impact.

Prerequisite: IST 242, IST 261, CYBER 262

Analyze cyber data from a complex cyber intrusion. Process evidence in a structured methodology/framework. Present findings in a format appropriate for top-level executives and business decision makers.

Prerequisite: CYBER 342W, ENGL 202, 7th Semester Standing

A first course in concepts and skills for application development.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in MATH 21 or placement above the level of MATH 21 in the mathematics placement test.

Recommended Preparation: MATH 22

Introduction to the concept of databases including the storage, manipulation, evaluation, and display of data and related issues.

Recommended Preparation: IST 110/110S

Introduction to digital network topologies, transmission media, signal modulation, digital packet switching and routing, systems integration, communications management, and security.

Recommended Preparation: IST 110/110S

Introduction to formal languages, mathematical logic, and discrete mathematics, with applications to information sciences and technology.

Prerequisite: MATH 110 or MATH 140

Intermediate application development including algorithms, data structures, and object-oriented concepts.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in IST 140 or CMPSC 121 or IST 240

This studio course will provide opportunities for students to practice the technical skills acquired in their foundation application design and development courses, specifically, in IST 140 and IST 242.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in IST 242

Legal environment of information technology, constitutional/political issues, intellectual property, management, e-commerce, privacy, access, computer contracting, cyberspace regulation.

Prerequisite: IST 301 or SRA 231

Fundamental issues and concepts of network security, network security technologies and protocols, and emerging technologies in network security.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better is required in IST 220 and SRA 221

Fundamental issues and concepts of computer forensics; aspects of computer and cyber crime; methods to uncover, protect, exploit, and document digital evidence; tools, techniques, and procedure to perform computer and cyber crime investigation.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better required in IST 220 or SRA 221

Contemporary Security Issues; security management processes, architecture and models; risk analysis and management; security planning, analysis and safeguards; security policies development and administration; contingency planning, incidence handling and response; and security standards and certification processes.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better is required in IST 220 and SRA 221

Supervised off-campus, non-group instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor. IST 495 can be taken 3 times for credit

This introductory course spans areas of security, risk, and analysis covering contexts in government agencies and business organizations.

This course counts for 3 credits of General Education in Social Sciences (GS).

Provides overview of nature, scope, and seriousness of threats to security as a result of terrorism and crime.

Prerequisite: SRA 111

Provides an understanding of the overview of information security including security architecture, access control, and Internet secure applications.

Prerequisite: SRA 111, IST 110/110S, CMPSC 101

Provides an overview of decision theoretical and analytical concepts and tools in the security risk analysis field.

Prerequisite: SRA 211, STAT 200

This course introduces the fundamental principles, methods, and tools of visual analytics that enable security and risk analysts to synthesize information and derive insight from massive, dynamic, ambiguous, and often  conflicting data. Decisions in risk and security management are increasingly driven by data.

Prerequisite: SRA 111

Assessment and mitigation of security vulnerabilities for people, organizations, industry sectors, and the nation.

Prerequisite: SRA 231

Theoretical foundations and practice of intermediate statistics.

Prerequisite: STAT 200

Exploration of technological, operational, organizational and regulatory issues related to maintenance of individual privacy, confidentiality of organizations, and information protection.

Prerequisite: SRA 211 or SRA 221 or equivalent

Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.

Prerequisite: Placement into MATH 021 or higher

Customize your Focus

Students in CYAOP must take 12 credits within one of these application areas, with at least two of the courses being at the 400-level. Students will be encouraged to take introductory courses that fill enforced prerequisites in the specialization while also meeting General Education knowledge domain requirements. The student must take all twelve credits in a single application focus area. Students may not mix and match.

Geopolitics

Understanding the geopolitical landscape is key to understanding and modeling cyberthreats from nation-states and other threat actors. The Geopolitics focus is for students who have an interest in pursuing cybersecurity careers in government or related consulting sectors.

Geopolitics

COURSE NUMBER/NAME

PREREQUISITES

GEOG 260: Introduction to GIScience (GS) N/A
PLSC 014: International Relations (GS;IL) N/A
GEOG 333: Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards N/A
GEOG 363: Geographic Information Systems GEOG 260 (GS)
PL SC 440: Globalization and Its Impacts PL SC 014
SRA 450: Cyber-Crime and Cyber-Warfare SRA 111 and SRA 231
SRA 480: Crisis Informatics SRA 111 and SRA 211

Law and Policy

Cybersecurity careers in law enforcement require knowledge of laws and policies focused on the handling of evidence related t o digital forensics and monitoring. Individuals in the private sector and government agencies must also understand and adhere to these topics as they involve cybersecurity. The Law and Policy focus is for students who want to understand law and policy as they relate to digital data.

Law and Policy

COURSE NUMBER/NAME

PREREQUISITES

COMM 180: Survey Elect. Media and Telecom. (GS) N/A
CRIMJ 100: Intro to Criminal Justice (GS) N/A
CRIMJ 113: Introduction to Law (US) N/A
PL SC 014: International Relations (GS;IL) N/A
COMM 404: Telecom. Law COMM 180
CRIMJ 467: Law and Society CRIMJ 100 or CRIMJ 113
HLS/ P ADM 401: Intro Homeland Security (online) N/A
PL SC/CRIMJ 439: Politics of Terrorism PL SC 014 or CRIMJ100
PL SC 460: Science, Technology, and Public Policy 3 credits natural science or engineering; 3 credits social and behavior science
PL SC 487: International Law and Organizations PL SC 003 or PL SC 014

Economics

The Economics focus is for students who have an interest in pursuing cybersecurity careers in the financial services sec tor or government. Designed to help students understand today’s financial and economic environments, this focus highlights the importance of translating the financial and economic impact of cybersecurity activities to effectively manage any program.

Economics

COURSE NUMBER/NAME

PREREQUISITES

ECON 102: Intro Microeconomics Anal & Pol (GS) N/A
B LAW 243: Legal Environment of Business 3rd Semester Standing
B A 301: Finance ECON 102
ECON 302: Intermed Microeconomic Analysis (GS) ECON 102
ECON 402: Decision Making & Strategy in Econ ECON 302 and (ECON 106 or SCM 200 or STAT 200)
ECON 409: Economics of Terrorism ECON 402
PL SC 412: International Political Economy ECON 102 or 104 or 014 or IB 303

Health Care

Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies are just a few of the sectors that have strict requirements around protecting health care data. The Health Care focus is for students who have an interest in pursuing cybersecurity careers in a health care environment. Understanding how information is managed in these environments will help students thrive in a health care-related career.

Health Care

COURSE NUMBER/NAME

PREREQUISITES

HPA 101: Intro to Health Services Organization N/A
BB H 101: Intro Biobehavioral Health (GWH) N/A
HPA 332: Health Systems Management HPA 101
NURS 357: Intro Nursing Informatics NURS 301 and 306 and 310 and 320
BB H 440: Principles of Epidemiology (US; IL) (BB h 101 or BIOL 110) and (STAT 200 or STAT 250)
HPA 470: Healthcare Information Management HPA 332 and IST 210 and IST 220
NURS 458: Ethical Challenges in Healthcare Informatics N/A

Custom Application Focus

There is an option for a student to create a custom 4-course application focus sequence. It must be a coherent sequence of courses that provides context for the student in terms of cybersecurity content. It should contain three credits of GS coursework and must contain six credits of 400-level coursework. It must be selected in consultation with a teaching CYBER faculty member and an academic adviser.

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