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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Network and Security Administration (BS)

Keep the world secure

With constant software updates and advancements in technology, it’s crucial for businesses to keep networks up and running while maintaining security. With this program, you’ll learn the basics; networking, scripting, red-teaming, penetration testing, operating systems, and system administrations.

If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on an Academic Server room, now’s your chance! Dive into our classes and experience our virtual and physical labs. We strongly encourage you to get lost in the information. These labs ensure you’ll work in a safe environment while you work with enterprise-level hardware like routers, firewalls, VoIP phones, and switches. You’ll also get behind the mind of a hacker and practice defensive hacking and network forensics – safely.

Want to get your master's? This program fits into our 4+1 program

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Immerse yourself in DSU

At DSU, you can partake in many different clubs and organizations. Get involved in clubs like CybHER, the Defensive Security club, or Gaming club to peak your computing interests and boost your resume. We also compete in network defense competitions, (like the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition), Esports, and take part in campus-wide research opportunities. 

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the BS degree in Network and Security Administration, students will be able to:

  • Implement the network confidentiality integrity and availability of basic security services
  • Engage web applications with vulnerabilities and patch them
  • Apply penetration testing procedures to exploit vulnerable systems 
  • Configure firewall and IDS for secure network systems

Grow your connections, grow your knowledge

While growing your knowledge, you will also grow connections with faculty members and other professionals. Get your laptop ready, because these individuals have a lot of experience and are eager to share their knowledge with you.

Implement network confidentiality integrity/availability, engage in web applications (with vulnerabilities) and patch them. Apply penetration testing procedures and configure firewall and IDS for secure network systems. All these are highly valued skills when entering the workforce. Major organizations like the NSA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Google, and more hire graduates of this degree.