Cybersecurity (BS)

Why study Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is all about defending computer systems from digital attacks and protecting the integrity and privacy of data. Demand for cybersecurity experts is growing as technology becomes ingrained in every facet of our lives. In today’s technological society, virtually every business and organization relies on cybersecurity experts to safeguard their electronic information and protect their computers, networks, systems, and programs from theft or damage. As the remote workforce expands in a post COVID-19 world, the potential for unprotected cyber threats has increased, making cybersecurity as essential as access to the Internet itself.

Why study Cybersecurity at AU?

Aurora University’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program appeals to students who are interested in computer systems and want to expand their skills and understanding of technology threats. As a Cybersecurity major, you will gain programming and technical skills to secure an organization’s systems as well as manage a cybersecurity operation. Courses will present perspectives from users, managers, policymakers, and hackers to ensure an overall understanding of the different facets of cybersecurity. 

As an AU Cybersecurity major, you will learn to identify potential threats and develop the technical skills needed to protect electronic information in a wide array of industries from finance to healthcare. You will also have the opportunity to focus your studies by choosing one of two tracks:

  • Policy and Management, which allows you to develop the skills and ethical framework to establish and oversee a secure infrastructure for an organization.
  • Technical Analyst, which prepares you to implement and maintain a secure infrastructure for an organization.

Expand your career opportunities with a double major in Business Administration, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Health Science, Political Science and Public Policy, or Psychology. Even with a second major, you’ll still be able to graduate in four years.

Every business needs to care about cybersecurity to participate in the digital age. Businesses need people that can help them protect their data and machines and their customer's data from cyber threats. David Lash, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be. Robert Mueller, former FBI Director
Curriculum Highlights
  • Computer and network security
  • Cryptography
  • Cybersecurity governance
  • Digital forensics
  • Ethical hacking
  • Networking
  • Risk management and organizational resilience
Campus Opportunities
  • Aurora Criminal Justice Association
  • Computer Science Club
  • Student worker in computer labs, information technology services
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

As an AU Cybersecurity major, you will have the opportunity to complete an internship and gain hands-on experience in the field. Your classes will include an intensive portfolio of work and a capstone project that will showcase your skills and help you to secure a job after graduation.

Career possibilities

  • Computer forensics analyst
  • Computer support specialists
  • Computer systems manager
  • Data compliance officers
  • Information security analyst
  • Information technology manager
  • Information technology security officer
  • Public policy maker
  • Security analyst engineer
  • Security consultant
  • Security software developer
  • Web developer

Career possibilities with advanced degree

  • Chief information security officer
  • Cybercrime investigator
  • Cybersecurity director
  • Network security engineer
  • Risk manager
  • Security architect