Cybersecurity Program

Dr. Todd A. Whittaker, Program Chair

When a data network or computer system is exposed or exploited, the result can be catastrophic to both business and industry. That's why information security has grown into its own field - one that provides critical protection of information assets from unauthorized disclosure or modification, and accidental or intentional loss of data.

Courses in this curriculum include risk management and compliance; security architecture and controls; business continuity and operations; and network and application security. At Franklin University, students will learn about the typical development mistakes that lead to application-level security issues, including CSRF, XSS, cryptography, CAPTCHA, configuration errors, authentication, and authorization, as well as how to defend against them.

This program also teaches design and implementation of highavailability systems through storage redundancy, load balancing, virtualization clusters, and disaster recovery systems. Students will have the opportunity to learn how security requirements and activities, such as risk identification, threat modeling, security testing, and monitoring, fit into the overall systems development lifecycle (SDLC).

Graduates of the Cyber Security major wil:

Students in the Computer and Information Sciences Majors are expected to exceed the University's General Technology Requirements, and may be required to purchase hardware and/or software with capabilities greater than the standard technology requirements. There will be software requirements such as software development environments, operating systems, virtualization environments and tools, website development and business process documentation tools that will be used in various courses. Students should be prepared to invest in this software, and be able to install and uninstall it without assistance.

Students should check the Technology Requirements section of the Academic Bulletin and/or the Course Schedule for the requirements relevant for Computer and Information Sciences majors to ensure they have, and are familiar with, the requisite hardware and software. Courses with specific hardware and software requirements are detailed in the course syllabus under the "Required Materials" section.