Major and minor will be offered; program begins Fall 2015
TAMPA — The University of Tampa has announced it will begin offering a major and minor undergraduate program in cybersecurity, which is considered one of the fastest growing fields worldwide, starting Fall 2015.
Students in the program will learn to protect the confidentiality, availability and integrity of information and information systems that support modern organizations.
The curriculum will focus on both the fundamentals of information systems as well as advanced topics in areas such as network security, cryptography, risk management, security governance, business continuity, security architecture, physical security and critical infrastructures. A key feature of UT’s cybersecurity program is that it prepares students to take and pass the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam, which certifies an individual’s knowledge in the information security profession.
The program also gives students extensive hands-on experience using industry standard tools in a modern cybersecurity lab.
“Demand for certified security professionals is expected to rise as global commerce and modern society becomes increasingly dependent on information systems and related technologies,” said Kenneth Knapp, cybersecurity program director and associate professor of information and technology management. “The UT cybersecurity major will develop students to be leaders in the growing cybersecurity field and employed by prominent organizations worldwide.”
Topics of study will include:
- Application development;
- Information technology infrastructure;
- Information security principles;
- Information security standards, risk management and compliance;
- Network security and cryptography;
- Physical and operational security;
- Penetration testing and ethical hacking;
- Professional certification test preparation;
- Cybersecurity capstone.
The program is part of UT’s Sykes College of Business. It will be housed and supported with state-of-the-art technology in the new multi-purpose academic and administrative building on campus, which is currently under construction. The Sykes College of Business is AACSB accredited.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 7,752 students from 50 states and 137 countries. Approximately 70 percent of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida.