The University of Tampa’s major in cybersecurity is a cutting-edge program that teaches students to protect the confidentiality, availability and integrity of information and information systems that support modern organizations. Students receive a comprehensive education that focuses 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 minor in cybersecurity and a master's in cybersecurity are also offered.
Graduates will have an understanding of the topics, terms and principles contained in the eight domains of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Common Body of Knowledge. The CISSP is the leading professional certification in the cybersecurity field, which requires mastery of several domains. The program-level outcome is to ensure that students have an understanding of the knowledge contained in the following domains:
- Security and Risk Management
- Asset Security
- Security Engineering
- Communication and Network Security
- Identity and Access Management
- Security Assessment and Testing
- Security Operations
- Software Development Security
A key feature of UT’s cybersecurity major is that it prepares students for professional security certifications and designations, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. The program also gives students extensive hands-on experience using industry-standard tools in a modern cybersecurity lab.
What Can You Do With a Cybersecurity Degree?
Demand for certified security professionals is expected to rise as global commerce and modern society becomes increasingly dependent on information systems and related technologies. According to the U.S. News and World Report and the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report, the average salaries nationally are $91,210, and there is a worldwide shortage of information security professionals at 1 million openings, even as cyberattacks and data breaches increase each year. UT’s innovative program prepares students to be leaders in the growing cybersecurity field and employed by prominent organizations worldwide.
The new cybersecurity lab is a state-of-the-art facility where students have access to the latest advances in technology. The lab provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with firewalls, servers or setting up virtual machines on one of the 60 workstations. All devices are segregated on a separate network, so students can perform ethical hacking in a safe environment. Read the Lab Policy and Acceptable Use.
Topics of Study
- Application development
- Network and Cloud infrastructures
- Information security principles
- Information security standards, risk management and compliance
- Network security and cryptography
- Physical and operational security
- Ethical hacking
- Cybersecurity Capstone
Total: 32 credit hours
A complete list of requirements and course descriptions is provided in the UT course catalog.
For more information about the cybersecurity major or minor or to schedule a tour of the cybersecurity lab, find your counselor.