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Cybersecurity is focused on protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, information, and computer systems. It includes how to recognize risks, implement security measures, test them, investigate attacks, and defend against adversaries. Problems and solutions range from highly technical issues requiring a deep understanding of computer systems to nontechnical and human-centered.
Graduates possess the combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to defend an organization's information systems from a wide variety of internal and external threats.
The Bachelor of Science degree in cybersecurity at Grand Valley provides broad coverage of cybersecurity concepts as well as hands-on techniques. A strong computing foundation ensures that students have the knowledge to understand the effects of security measures on computing systems as a whole, as well as how to apply security measures to a variety of computing systems.
Coverage of societal and organizational issues regarding cybersecurity prepares students with the necessary context to understand how to apply these skills to the diverse challenges facing a wide variety of organizations.
A minor in information security systems is also available.
The cybersecurity major covers a wide breadth of topics:
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.Format:
There is a strong demand for cybersecurity professionals. Numerous job opportunities are available, including:
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
Admission to major standing is competitive and requires a secondary application. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
See CIS for details.