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B.S. in Cybersecurity

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Prepare for a career designing, implementing, and assessing security measures to protect computer networks from cyber attacks. 


Overview of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is one of the most critical challenges in our connected, data-driven world. As the need for government entities, private companies, and non-profit organizations to safeguard their digital assets from cyber threats rapidly increases, the demand to hire highly qualified cybersecurity professionals has skyrocketed. In fact, over the past five years, the demand for cybersecurity workers has grown 4.5 times faster than that of other IT professionals. 

As demand rises, organizations looking to retain top cybersecurity talent have reported having difficulties finding well-trained individuals to hire. This shortage is only expected to continue as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in this field will grow by 28% through 2026 - much faster than the average across all occupations.

Rider’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity places emphasis on providing prospective cybersecurity talent with the in-demand skill sets and practical, hands-on experience needed to solve these critical issues.

Offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the B.S. in Cybersecurity provides the foundational knowledge, technologies, and skills you need to detect, investigate and prevent computer-related crimes, and examine theories, best practices and methodologies to conduct computer forensics investigations. 

Rider University also offers a Cybersecurity minor.


About the Program

As a student majoring in the Cybersecurity program, you will be a part of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. You will benefit from our broad and flexible curriculum that offers a powerful combination of a traditional liberal arts education with the foundational knowledge and hands-on technical training needed to excel in the rewarding cybersecurity field.

Our program offers two academic tracks:

  • The Technical track was built for those passionate about problem-solving and creating large-scale strategies. This track features coursework related to designing, building and implementing network and computer security. 
  • If you are an analytical thinker interested in risk-management and the laws that surround the protection of an organization's information networks and systems, then our Policy track was created for you. This track focuses on policy, cybersecurity law and the legal and ethical implications involved in cybersecurity investigations. 

As a Cybersecurity major, you will: 

  • Become familiarized with computer hardware, construction, and assembly.
  • Develop problem-solving skills as they relate to computer architecture.
  • Create security policies, plans, and procedures to minimize risk.
  • Learn and develop a comprehensive understanding of the cyber investigation process.
  • Gain the skills needed to understand cyber threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities.
  • Exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills by applying your knowledge in industry and research settings.
  • Prepare for nationally recognized certifications set by industry organizations including Cisco, CompTIA, and the EC-Council.

The B.S. in Cybersecurity will require a minimum of 54 credit hours in the major. Twelve of the 54 credits will be in a required core taken by all students in the program, the remaining 33 credit hours will be in the selected academic track. Additional elective courses will be optional.


Career Opportunities and Statistics:

Graduates of the program will be equipped with skill sets related to the cutting edge of today’s high-tech/computing revolution as well as marketable career preparation as a result of Rider’s Engaged Learning component. 

With a Cybersecurity degree from Rider, graduates can immediately venture into the industry to hold a number of lucrative positions such as: 

  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Forensics Computer Investigator
  • Information Security Analyst
  • IT Security Engineer
  • Security Administrator
  • Security Architect 

Stats:

$98,350

28%

The median salary made in 2018 by professionals working in the field. The projected rate of employment growth by 2026. Faster than the average across all occupations.

B.S.

128,500

The typical level of education that most professionals need to enter this field. The projected number of job prospects by 2026.1

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27,000

The unemployment rate of Cybersecurity professionals since 2016.2 Number of unfilled cybersecurity positions in NJ and the surrounding Philadelphia and NY metro areas.3

Cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand skill sets, across all potential employment opportunities. On average in the U.S. there are about 5.8 qualified job-seekers per job in any field, while for cybersecurity positions, there are only 2.3 qualified workers per position.  

source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm

source: https://cybersecurityventures.com/career-news/ | original report: https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybersecurity-unemployment-rate

source: NIST-funded CyberSeek collaboration - https://www.cyberseek.org/


To learn more about the Cybersecurity program, contact:

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Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Computer Science & Physics
Science Hall 204B

Education

University of Washington, Aug. 2002 – Aug. 2008
Seattle WA, USA
Ph.D., Astronomy, June 2008
Thesis Title: “M Dwarfs in the Local Milky Way: the Field Low-Mass Stellar Luminosity and Mass Functions”
Thesis Advisor: Suzanne L. Hawley

University of Washington, Aug. 2002 – June 2005
Seattle WA, USA
M.S., Astronomy

Villanova University, Aug. 1998 – May 2002
Villanova, PA USA
B.S., Astronomy & Astrophysics, magna cum laude

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