Cybersecurity

Clearly no company or government agency can afford to have a serious breach in the security of its computer network. Those who can protect computer systems and networks against hackers, spyware and viruses are currently in very high demand. Fontbonne’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity will help you develop the knowledge and experience needed to earn a position as a cybersecurity professional within companies, institutions or government facilities.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for cybersecurity professionals is projected to grow by 22% by 2020.

Fontbonne’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, designed by full-time faculty members in consultation with St. Louis area industry experts, will help you obtain the knowledge and experience needed to earn a position as a cybersecurity professional within companies, institutions or government facilities. Your classes will include a solid base of computer science and mathematics, as well as courses developed specifically for this major, such as Cryptography, Wireless Security, Digital and Mobile Forensics, and Server Security and Maintenance/Troubleshooting. Fontbonne’s emphasis on problem solving, teamwork and communication skills will serve to make you an even more highly employable graduate.

Cybersecurity Program Highlights

  • After Fontbonne received ABET accreditation for its undergraduate computer science program, it was invited to participate in a pilot program to seek ABET accreditation for cybersecurity. Once accreditation is secured, the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity will be one of seven in the world to hold this status.
  • Located within the department of mathematics and computer sciences, our interdisciplinary program focuses on developing strong technical skills while also preparing students with a liberal arts background that develops communication, critical thinking, and ethical decision making.
  • Take advantage of a program designed by full-time faculty members in consultation with St. Louis area industry experts and where these same experts are part of an advisory board that continuously monitors the rigor and practicality of the curriculum.
  • Earn a cybersecurity certificate or a cybersecurity minor even if you choose to major in another area.
  • Engage in cybersecurity research with professors and colleagues and present your findings at major conferences.
  • Learn from courses that include a solid base of computer science and mathematics, developed specifically for this major — courses such as Cryptography, Wireless Security, Mobile Forensics, and Server Security and Maintenance/Troubleshooting.
  • Delve into the legal and ethical issues that are part of a career in cybersecurity.
  • Take advantage of our emphasis on problem solving, teamwork and communication skills, which are absolutely necessary in the work place.
  • Work in our dedicated cybersecurity lab.
  • Enjoy small class sizes and get all of the personal attention you deserve.
  • Have access to internships with major companies in the St. Louis area.

NEW:  Minor in Data Analytics.

Unique Courses

  • Operating System Security and Administration
  • Principles of Cryptography
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Digital Forensics and Analysis
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Wireless Communication
  • Network Security

Career Opportunities

  • Cyber Network Defense Analyst
  • Security Specialist
  • Forensic Computer Analyst
  • Information Security Manager
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Cyber Crime Analyst/Investigator
  • Incident Analyst/Responder
  • Penetration & Vulnerability Tester
  • Cybersecurity Manager/Administrator
  • IT Auditor
  • Chief Information Security Officer

Internship Opportunities

Datix Inc., Edward Jones, Emerson Electric, Enterprise Holdings, Express Scripts, MasterCard, Midwest Cyber Center, Homeland Security, Hussman Refrigeration, Sensient Technologies, Techguard Security, US Bank, World Wide Technology, Clayton Police Department, St. Louis County Police Department, and the FBI.

Professional Certification Preparation

Professional certifications are valued credentials and validations of your knowledge of cybersecurity. Our Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity will assist you in preparing and sitting for the following certification exams:

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH): In addition to course work, you need two years of work experience in security.
  • EC Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA): In addition to course work, you need two years of work experience in security.
  • Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP): In addition to course work, you need two years of work experience in security.
  • CompTIA Security+: In addition to course work, you need two years of work experience as a network IT administrator.
  • Encase Certified Examiner (EnCE): In addition to course work, you need two years of forensics experience in industry.

Cybersecurity Course Samples

  • Introduction to Cybersecurity and Crime and Policies

    Introduces students to the fields of cyber crime and security. Covers issues associated with different types of threats, attacks, and methods employed against these threats and attacks. Practical cryptography, securities of operating systems, computer networks, database systems, and other types of computer systems will also be introduced. Pre- or co-requisite:  MTH 115.  SP

  • Operating System Security and Administration

    Covers operating system security and administration with an emphasis on operating  system installation, configuration, administration, and security. Topics include operating system setup, user account control, file system protection, activity logging, system call  auditing, address space management, and intrusion detections. Prerequisites: CIS 120, CIS 125 and CIS 161. CIS 355 is a pre- or co-requisite.  SP (Even)

  • Web Development Security

    Covers web development security with an emphasis on the fundamental principles of security in web applications. Topics include web browser security, server-side web application security and web database security. Prerequisites: CIS 120, CIS 125 and CIS 215.  FA (Even)

Internship Opportunities

Fontbonne University cybersecurity majors have recently interned at several local companies/agencies including: Datix Inc., Edward Jones, Emerson Electric, Energizer Holdings, Express Scripts, MasterCard, Midwest Cyber Center, Homeland Security, Hussman Refrigeration, Sensient Technologies, Techguard Security, US Bank, World Wide Technology, Clayton Police Department, St. Louis County Police Department, and the FBI.

WHAT ARE RECENT GRADUATES CURRENTLY DOING?

Fontbonne’s cybersecurity graduates have a 96% employment rate.  Positions they hold include the following:

  • Junior Security Analyst for Equifax Workforce Solutions
  • Associate Software Developer for Spectrum
  • Programmer/Analyst for Lambert International Airport
  • Cyber Intelligence Analyst for Emerson
  • IT Auditor for Brown Smith Wallace
  • Software Engineer for Enterprise Holding
  • Digital Forensic Investigator for Computer Incident Response Team
  • Cybersecurity Contractor for Hussman
  • Network Operations Engineer for Spectrum

Cybersecurity Career Opportunities

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu