B.S. in Computer Science with Concentration in Cybersecurity & Information Assurance


Attacks on computer systems of industries, governments, financial organizations, e-commerce, and mobile users continue to increase. The demand for well trained professionals to counter these attacks is  also expanding.  FDU's Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, in conjunction with the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, and International Studies, is offering cybersecurity programs to address this need. The concentration in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance has been developed to train computer science majors in this important field of national and international security.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Fairleigh Dickinson University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE/CDE) through academic year 2020.

The Cybersecurity and Information Assurance concentration of the B.S. Computer Science program helps students learn the principles and practices of defending the cyberspace security and integrity.  It also teaches the general principles that will help the learners to develop algorithms, systems, and tools for information assurance. The Metropolitan Campus of FDU enjoys the proximity of New York City with its major financial institutions and government agencies. The School enjoys strong relationships with companies in the Northern NJ and New York City that help students to expand their experiential learning opportunities.

Courses in this concentration will cover a range of subjects, from an overview of Computer Security foundations through policies, services and mechanisms underlying systems security. Students will learn the policies related to assurance of data confidentiality, integrity, availability, and traffic control. They will become familiar with service components such as confidentiality, integrity, identification, authentication, authorization, non-repudiation, accounting, access control, and traffic analysis. They will also learn the principal mechanisms of cybersecurity, such as encryption, public key infrastructure, biometric authentication, integrity check values, intrusion detection and protection, and firewall administration.

Concentration Requirements (18 credits):
 
Required Courses (15 credits)
 
CSCI2215     Introduction to Computer Science*
CSCI3240     Computer Networks*
CSCI3278     Operating Systems*
CSCI3410     Foundations of Cybersecurity 
CSCI3420     Cryptography
 
Elective Courses (3 credits)
Select one from the following courses:
 
CSCI3391     Network and Information Security
CSCI3345     Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems
 
* These courses are already included in the Computer Science Core Requirements.
 
The students completing a B.S. degree in Computer Science with concentrations in Cybersecurity & Information Assurance and Information Security Administration are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion of a NSA & DHS designated CAE/CDE program of study.