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cyber Defense, Bachelor of science

Learn the newest techniques and trends in cyber security.

A Cyber Defense professional helps protect data from threats, both inside and outside of an organization. We will provide you with specialized skills to create systems of checks and procedures for controls that help thwart unwanted intervention and provide cyber security to the organization.
In this program the hands-on tools and techniques, supported by the latest trends and case studies, will cover a myriad of topics to present what cyber security is and how to best protect an organization’s information assets. You will learn the performance-based skills and develop the knowledge set to ensure appropriate treatment of risk, compliance, and assurance from internal and external perspectives in order to provide the best cyber security possible.
Michigan is leading the pack in cyber security education. Read how Davenport University makes the list of the top five schools in Michigan that are providing students with the tools they need to succeed in this field.
The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Defense can be completed in-seat or online
Download a PDF of the Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Defense.
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Davenport University is a DHS/NSA nationally recognized Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
The Committee on National Security Systems in conjunction with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly announced the designation of Davenport University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE)

Certification Course Credit | CERTIFICATION PAGE

Davenport offers course credit for specific certifications you may hold. Obtaining a certificate demonstrates your knowledge in a specific technology area. In addition, it also indicates your dedication and motivation to professional development. For these reasons, certification exams are highly recommended after completing certificate related courses in Davenport's technology programs. See our certification page for additional information. 

Specialties Offered

The Foundations of Excellence courses for Davenport's Cyber Defense degree program provides you with the knowledge and ability to complete these tasks and will form the core of your professional career. Davenport offers two specialties to enhance your degree. 
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Health Care Information and Assurance:
Be prepared to work with health regulations and standards, including data governance compliance. In addition, explore the application of clinical systems, such as electronic health record (EHR) systems. Other topics include information system resource management and access, disclosure and storage of protected health information.
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Information Assurance:
Topics include disaster recovery of electronic data, authentication and audits, cryptography and wireless networking and security. Hands-on exercises will reinforce the implementation and troubleshooting of networks. Other topics include auditing user activity, business impact analysis processes and securing operating systems.

Mathematics Minor

Davenport University offers the option of completing a mathematics minor. A mathematics minor is ideal for those who want a deeper and broader background in mathematics, and provides you with a competitive edge in the job market. Gain a solid foundation in applied mathematics that provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills for careers in technology. Speak with your advisor about adding this option to your degree plan.

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Full Curriculum


The Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Defense provides the proactive and reactive knowledge and skills that encompass security in the technological environment. Students will learn to ensure appropriate treatment of risk, compliance, and assurance from internal and external perspectives. With an emphasis on how to best protect an organization’s information assets, topics will be covered from both the business and technology perspectives. Students will have a choice between two specialties: Information Assurance or Health Care Information Assurance.

*Either IAAS490 or TECH489 must be completed unless the experiential learning component is satisfied. An upper level technology substitution must be chosen if the experiential component is completed within a required course in the major.

**Consider adding the Mathematics Minor (MTHM) 22 credits with this degree program. One of the required math courses (MATH215) is required in the foundations, the other six courses could be taken as part of the Open Elective Credits. 


 Which class should I take? When should I take it?
2018-2019 Recommended Program Sequence for Cyber Defense, BS:

Specialty: Health Care Information Assurance and printable pdf download

Specialty: Information Assurance and printable pdf download

Minor: Mathematics and printable pdf download

Foundations of Excellence30-31 cr.
ACES100 or OPENAchieving Career and Education Success or (if exempt) Open Elective3 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
ENGL311Professional Writing3 cr.
MATH135/150/215College Algebra or Pre-Calculus or Calculus I3-4 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
SOSC301Globalization and World Diversity3 cr.
STAT220Introduction to Statistics3 cr.
SCIScience Elective3 cr.
Foundations of Business(9-10) cr.
ACCT200 or ACCT201Accounting Basics for Managers (recommended) or Accounting Foundations I3-4 cr.
BUSN210Professional Ethics3 cr.
MGMT211Management Foundations3 cr.
Foundations of Cyber Defense15 cr.
BITS211Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheets3 cr.
CISP247Database Design3 cr.
GPMT287Principles of Project Management3 cr.
IAAS221Security Foundations3 cr.
NETW101PC Operating Systems3 cr.
Major45 cr.
CISP253Perl/Python Scripting3 cr.
IAAS256Windows Digital Forensics3 cr.
IAAS481Information Security and Assurance3 cr.
IAAS492Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Assurance3 cr.
NETW141MS Client and Server OS3 cr.
NETW151 or NETW220Cisco Networking Fundamentals or Data Communications and Networks3 cr.
NETW217UNIX Operating Systems3 cr.
NETW235UNIX/Linux Server Administration3 cr.
NETW241MS Implement Network Infrastructure3 cr.
IAAS490* or TECH489*Information Assurance/Security Internship or Field Experience in Technology3 cr.
TECH497College of Technology Capstone3 cr.
Choose one of the following specialty areas:(12) cr.
Health Care Information and Assurance Specialty [HIAS](12) cr.
HINT340Privacy, Security, and Training in Health Info Mgmt 3 cr.
HINT350Clinical Information Systems3 cr.
HINT400Management Information Systems3 cr.
HLTH210Health Care Organizations and Systems3 cr.
Information Assurance Specialty [IASP](12) cr.
IAAS245Disaster Recovery3 cr.
IAAS332Authentication and Audits3 cr.
IAAS491Cryptography3 cr.
NETW325Wireless Networking and Security 3 cr.
Open Electives - Apply MATH125 Intermediate Algebra (3 cr) here if required. Recommended Electives:19-21 cr.
MATH140Finite Mathematics3 cr.
STAT322Inferential Statistics3 cr.
**Mathematics Minor (Optional)(22) cr.
MATH215Required in the Foundations4 cr.
MATH205Applied Linear Algebra3 cr.
MATH216Calculus II4 cr.
MATH250Discrete Structures3 cr.
MATH317Calculus III4 cr.
MATH350Differential Equations with Modelling4 cr.