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B.S. Computer Science - Cybersecurity Concentration

Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics Department

The demand for cyber security professionals is high and is expectedto grow even more in the coming years in both the public and private sectors. Cybersecurity professionals are needed to protect computer networks and systems inthe financial, communication, energy and transportation industries as well asin the government, against cyber-attacks.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department ofHomeland Security (DHS) have designated Fairleigh Dickinson University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/CDE) for the academic years 2012 through 2015, which was recently renewed for the period 2015 through 2020.

The information assurance (IA) academic program described onthis web page helps impart skills and training needed to defending America'scyberspace.

Our CyberSecurity curriculum has been designed to lay a solid foundation in computer science and mathematics. This concentration for the computer science major has been based on carefully chosen courses in the Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics department and is further strengthened by requiring courses in network and data security. There is a provision for internships that will provide practical experience in the field. The College at Florham enjoys the proximity of several computer science and information technology companies in the area and a number of CS and Mathematics students have had internship positions with these organizations. The department will continue to build and strengthen ties with these organizations with a view to expand experiential learning opportunities for the students in the field of cybersecurity.

Courses in this concentration will cover a range of topics from an overview of Computer Security, Foundations – Access Control Matrix, Policy – Security Policies, Confidentiality Policies, Integrity Policies, Hybrid Policies, to Implementation – Information Hiding Techniques – Steganography, Digital Watermarking, Cryptography, Fingerprinting, Key Management, Cipher Techniques, Authentication, Access Control Mechanisms, Confinement Problem, User and System Security, Data Security, Copyright, Digital Certificates, Digital Rights Management.

A Certificate of Completion of a NSA and DHS designated CAE/CDE program of study is awarded to eligible  students who complete the B.S. degree in Computer Science with a Concentration in Cyber Security.


Laila Khreisat, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Tel: 973-443-8680
Fax: 973-443-8683

Department of Mathematics Computer Science and Physics
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave - M-ZN2-02
Madison, NJ 07940

Office Location
ZEN 250, Room 257

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