Because data breaches, malware infections, and software vulnerabilities are so common in today’s technology world, it is critical to fully understand how these attacks take place. As a cyber operations major (offered on campus and online), you will dig deep to understand the mentality, motivations, and techniques of the hackers that execute these types of attacks.
You will start with a strong base of programming, math, and networking and then apply that knowledge to the most technical areas of cyber security. At the core of the degree, you learn how reverse engineering works, analyze malware and exploit software. You will better understand the hacker mindset and be able to discover vulnerabilities in widespread computer systems.
Benefits of studying cyber operations at DSU
The National Security Agency has designated our cyber operations degree as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations, one of 13 such programs in the nation. This designation ensures you that the program is meeting some of the highest cyber security standards in the nation.
As the need for cyber security professionals continues to increase, the placement of our graduates has held at 100%. As a student, you will also be able to take advantage of our relationships with government agencies and other industries when you start looking to start your career. Our grads are hired by the National Security Agency (NSA), The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL), Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare System Command), Sandia National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, banks, hospitals and security firms all over the nation.
As a cyber operations student, you may also be eligible to apply for the DSU Cyber Corps Scholarship Program, a full-ride scholarship program that also pays out a $20,000 stipend per year. This degree is also part of our 4+1 Program which means you can complete your BS in Cyber Operations and your MS in Applied Computer Science in just five years.
And don’t think the learning experience stops when you leave the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in student activities and clubs. You can also test your skills in ACM Programming Contests and Capture the Flag competitions where you compete against teams around the world. Or prove your cyber security expertise in the National Cyber League (NCL) and Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) against other college students in the U.S.
DSU has a one-of-a-kind "hacking lab." In it, you can learn how hackers think, what tools they use, and how software vulnerabilities are identified and exploited. And you won't put your computer - or your information - at risk.
Most of our courses include hands-on experiences in programming, networking, and cyber security. For example, we have several labs where students are challenged to exploit commercial software applications in a life-like network environment. There are also labs dedicated to tearing apart malware to understand how it works and how it was created. Because of the hands-on nature of the program, class sizes are small—usually 35 students or less.
Organizations who hire our grads
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
- Navy SPAWAR
- Sandia National Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
See what classes you’ll be taking with our plan of study.
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