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Computer Science

Certificate in Cyber Defense

Cyber-attacks on software, computer systems, and computer networks increase every year, and the rate of attacks is accelerating. Industry threat assessments reports include a 8,500% increase in cryptojacking, a mobile malware variant increase of 54%, and incidents of malware being implanted in the software supply chain up by 200%. Furthermore, over 40% of industrial control systems like power and water treatment plants were attacked by malicious software in the first months of 2018.

The Cyber Defense Certificate gives the student the skills and experience needed to understand, prevent, and operate through these kinds of attacks.

This certificate gives the student background into theoretical aspects of cyber defense and provides practical experience in hardening software, computer systems, and networks against cyber attacks. The certificate explains the essential concepts of cyber security and applies those concepts to application development, operating systems, and networks.

CPS majors that complete following courses are eligible for the Cyber Defense certificate program:

  • CPS 470 – Computer Networks
  • CPS 471 – Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • CPS 475 – Secure Application Development

All courses listed above are approved and offered on a regular basis.

Upon completion of this certificate students will:

  1. understand the fundamental security concepts and techniques;
  2. know how these concepts and techniques are applied via various security mechanisms and controls;
  3. know where to find and how to apply up-to-date information on cyber security best practices and threat information; and
  4. learn how to implement security techniques and controls in software, computer systems, and networks to achieve maximum effectiveness.

The program complies with the guidance of National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) Designation Program by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (NSA/DHS). The department has been awarded a CAE Application Assistance Program grant to apply for the designation.


Department of Computer Science

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2160