The Bachelor of Science Cybersecurity and Network Engineering program, offered by the Information Technology Department, is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the networking and cybersecurity industries. The Bachelor of Science degree is ideal for students who already possess an Associate in Science degree in Network Engineering or a related discipline and continues on the base built during the associate degree, giving students more extensive experience in the management of Local Area Networks (LANs), intranets, Wide Area Networks (WANs) and exposure to configuring and managing web servers. The curriculum includes core topics in the realm of cybersecurity, such as: computer systems, mobile and network forensics, Windows and Linux security and incident response.
Students will learn best practices for the design of secure modern networks as well as how to secure existing computers and networks. Students will learn about evolving threats and the proper use of specific security tools. Both security theory and hands-on practice are stressed.
A key feature of this program is a senior project and the opportunity to choose between additional coursework or a cooperative learning experience in the final two terms. In the senior project, each student works with a faculty member to develop and present a project that focuses in depth on a particular topic and allows students to bring together knowledge gained throughout the program.
The cooperative learning experience, based on industry demand and with the approval of the IT Department Chair, may be available during the final two terms of the program. These experiences, which may be paid or unpaid, allow students to receive college credit and to work off campus in an organization where they will practice and enhance their technical skills. Typically, and when available, students will work in the same organization for the final two terms of the bachelor’s degree program.
Graduates of this program will be eligible to take such internationally recognized certification exams as the CompTIA Security + and Network+ exams, the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification (CCNA), and the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA).
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity and Network Engineering, students can compete for positions like: systems operations and maintenance professional, network security specialist, digital forensics and incident response specialist, vulnerability analyst, and LAN managers. Positions in law enforcement will also be attainable. While the emphasis of the program is on network security, graduates are qualified for positions advertised as network administrators, network engineers and network analysts. Upon successful completion of this program, students can also continue into the NEIT Master of Science in Cybersecurity Defense degree program.
Previous winners of the NEIT Best of Tech award in Cybersecurity and Network Engineering:
- 2020 Kahlid Saseh
- 2019 John Silva
- 2018 Austin Russell
- 2017 Michael Quinn
- 2016 Raymond Cruz
- 2015 Rory Manier
- 2014 Tiffany Samuels
- 2013 Thomas Cute