School of Cybersecurity

Hongyi Wu, Director

The School of Cybersecurity administers two degrees (a BS in Cybersecurity with majors in cybersecurity and cyber operations and an MS in Cybersecurity) and an interdisciplinary minor in cybersecurity. The School’s strategic priority is to deliver exceptional academic programs for both resident and distance students to cultivate the cybersecurity workforce and enhance the nation’s cybersecurity talent. The School supports undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to achieve healthy and sustainable growth of the cybersecurity program. The mission of the School also includes developing high-impact, cross-disciplinary research initiatives that center on cybersecurity and conducting outreach and community engagement, being a source of cybersecurity expertise to the community, the Hampton Roads region, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation.

Bachelor of Science - Cybersecurity Major

Saltuk Karahan, Program Coordinator and Advisor
ccser@odu.edu

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in cybersecurity provides opportunities for students to integrate education and training with the application of problem-solving skills in the lab environment. Courses are drawn from the disciplines of philosophy, computer science, computer engineering, information technology, and criminal justice to examine the multi-faceted nature of cybersecurity. Students admitted to the program have a variety of credit options including portfolio review, CLEP, DANTES, and departmental exams. For more information about the cybersecurity interdisciplinary program, email ccser@odu.edu or Professor Hongyi Wu (h1wu@odu.edu). 

No more than two classes, or six credits, may be counted for both the major and a minor.

Lower-Division General Education
Written Communication *6
Oral Communication3
Mathematics (MATH 162M required)**3
Language and Culture0-6
Information Literacy and Research3
Human Creativity3
Interpreting the Past3
Literature3
Philosophy and Ethics (can be met by PHIL 355E)0-3
The Nature of Science8
Impact of Technology (met with CYSE 200T/IT 200T in the major)
Human Behavior (CRJS 215S or SOC 201S)3
Prerequisite Courses15-36
Students may be required to complete an additional 15-36 hours of prerequisite courses depending on which Principlies and Application courses they select.
Interdisciplinary Writing Course
IDS 300WInterdisciplinary Theory and Concepts3
Core Courses21
Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society
Basic Cybersecurity Programming and Networking
Introduction to Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Techniques and Operations
Cyber Law
Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy (C or better required)
Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy
Cybersecurity Fundamentals
Principles Courses 9
Select three courses from the following. The coursework allows students to study the selected cybersecurity principles of their choice aligned with their interests and career goals.
Cybercriminology: Foundations
Cryptography for Cybersecurity
Networked Systems Security
Networked System Security
Information Assurance for Cybersecurity
Enterprise Information Assurance
Topics in Cybersecurity (Human Factors and Policy Management in Cybersecurity)
Cyber Defense Fundamentals
Cyber Physical System Security
Foundations of Cyber Security
Introduction to Networking and Security
Management of Information Security
Cybersecurity Ethics
Application Courses +9
Select three courses from the following. The coursework allows students to apply fundamental cybersecurity theories and techniques in their selected application domains.
Introduction to Reverse Software Engineering
Operating Systems
Digital Forensics
Topics in Cybersecurity (Cyberwar)
Introduction to Wireless Communication Networks
Network Engineering and Design
Property & Liability Insurance Company Operations
Enterprise Risk Management
Business Intelligence
Network Server Configuration and Administration
Enterprise Cyber Defense
Implementing Internet Applications
Capstone Courses 6
Cybersecurity Internship
Entrepreneurship in Cybersecurity
IDS Electronic Portfolio Project
Electives (minimum of 22 credit hours)22
Students can take the electives from any discipline at ODU and/or complete prerequisites for Principles and Application courses, as needed, to complete the required 120 credit hours.
Total Hours120-150

Electives

Elective courses may be taken for the remainder of the minimum 120 credits required for the degree.

Upper-Division General Education

Met in the major.

Requirements for Graduation

Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, which must include both a minimum of 30 credit hours overall and 12 credit hours of upper-level courses in the major program from Old Dominion University, completion of ENGL 110C, ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better, and completion of Senior Assessment.

Four-Year Plan - Cybersecurity - BS

This is a suggested curriculum plan to complete this degree program in four years.  Please consult information in this Catalog, Degree Works, and your academic advisor for more specific information on course requirements for this degree.

Bachelor of Science - Cyber Operations Major

Hongyi Wu, Program Coordinator and Faculty Advisor (h1wu@odu.edu)

Cyber Operations is an interdisciplinary major encompassing the entire scope of cyberspace and related operations that are both technical and non-technical (i.e., ethical, legal, human-centered, etc.) in nature. Cyber Operations is a complementary discipline to Cybersecurity.  Cyber Operations places a particular emphasis on technologies and techniques applicable to all operational and system levels. Coursework in Cyber Operations balances theory, practice and hands-on labs inspired by real-life scenarios. Skills and competencies emphasized are in system attack, infiltration, exploitation, defense, mitigation, and recovery.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree  with the Cyber Operations major will have the skills and proficiencies that are critical to intelligence, military and law enforcement organizations authorized to perform these specialized operations. Therefore, they will play a role in the enhancement of the national security posture of the nation.

No more than two classes, or six credits, may be counted for both the major and a minor.

Lower-Division General Education
Written Communication *6
Oral Communication3
Mathematics (MATH 211 and MATH 212 required)8
Language and Culture0-6
Information Literacy and Research3
Human Creativity3
Interpreting the Past3
Literature3
Philosophy and Ethics (met in the major by PHIL 355E)
The Nature of Science8
Impact of Technology (met in the major by CYSE 200T)
Human Behavior (CRJS 215S or SOC 201S required)3
Prerequisites 22
Problem Solving and Programming I
Introduction to Computer Architecture I
Problem Solving and Programming II
Introduction to Unix for Programmers
Introduction to Computer Architecture II
Fundamentals of Computer Engineering
Probability, Statistics, and Reliability
Core Courses12
Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society
Cybersecurity Techniques and Operations
Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy
Cyber Law
Major Coursework 39
Data Structures and Algorithms
Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science
Principles and Practice of Cyber Defense
Introduction to Reverse Software Engineering
Operating Systems
Cybersecurity Internship
IDS Electronic Portfolio Project
Microcontrollers
Introduction to Networks and Data Communications
Cyber Defense Fundamentals
Cyber Physical System Security
Network Engineering and Design
Foundations of Cyber Security
Cybersecurity Ethics
Approved Program Electives (Choose two)6
Systems Programming
Digital Forensics
Embedded Systems
Management of Information Security
Elective Credit as Needed for the Required 120 Credit Hours1
Total Hours120-126

Upper-Division General Education

Met through 300/400-level prerequisite courses.

Requirements for Graduation

Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, which must include both a minimum of 30 credit hours overall and 12 credit hours of upper-level courses in the major program from Old Dominion University, completion of ENGL 110C, ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better, and completion of Senior Assessment.

Four-Year Plan - Cyber Operations Major - BS

This is a suggested curriculum plan to complete this degree program in four years.  Please consult information in this Catalog, Degree Works, and your academic advisor for more specific information on course requirements for this degree.

Cybersecurity Interdisciplinary Minor

Saltuk Karahan, Department of Political Science and Geography, Coordinator (skarahan@odu.edu)

This interdisciplinary minor in cybersecurity is focused on the technological, structural, social, and legal frameworks used to secure computer networks and software.  The study of cybersecurity combines multiple fields including computer science, engineering, information technology, criminal justice, and philosophy, to name a few.  In an effort to promote the security of computer networks, software, and cyber information, an interdisciplinary understanding about technological, legal, philosophical, and structural aspects of cyber crime is needed.  This minor will provide students from different majors the knowledge they need to prevent or respond to cyber incidents they are likely to encounter in their careers.

Course options are as follows:

CRJS 310Cybercriminology: Foundations3
CS 462Cybersecurity Fundamentals3
or ECE/MSIM 470 Foundations of Cyber Security
CS 463Cryptography for Cybersecurity3
CS 464Networked Systems Security3
or ECE/MSIM 411 Networked System Security
CS 465Information Assurance for Cybersecurity3
CS 466Principles and Practice of Cyber Defense3
CYSE 300Introduction to Cybersecurity3
CYSE 301Cybersecurity Techniques and Operations3
CYSE 406Cyber Law3
CYSE 407Digital Forensics3
ECE 416Cyber Defense Fundamentals3
or MSIM 416 Cyber Defense Fundamentals
ECE 419Cyber Physical System Security3
or MSIM 419 Cyber Physical Systems Security
FIN 443Enterprise Risk Management3
IT 416Network Server Configuration and Administration3
IT 417Management of Information Security3
IT 418Enterprise Information Assurance3
IT 419Enterprise Cyber Defense3
IT 461Implementing Internet Applications3
PHIL 355ECybersecurity Ethics3

The interdisciplinary minor in cybersecurity requires 12 credit hours of 300/400-level courses selected from at least two different disciplines with a maximum of six credits from any one discipline. For completion of the interdisciplinary minor, students must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses specified as a requirement for the minor exclusive of lower-level courses and prerequisite courses. At least six hours of upper-level courses must be taken through courses offered by Old Dominion University. Three credit hours may be in the major, if a major course is listed as an option for the interdisciplinary minor. As such, it will be credited toward both the major and the interdisciplinary minor.

CYBERSECURITY Courses

CYSE 100. Cyber Explorers and University Orientation. 1 Credit.

This course provides an introduction to cyber hygiene and orientation to university life.

CYSE 200T. Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society. 3 Credits.

Students will explore how technology is related to cybersecurity from an interdisciplinary orientation. Attention is given to the way that technologically-driven cybersecurity issues are connected to cultural, political, legal, ethical, and business domains.

CYSE 250. Basic Cybersecurity Programming and Networking. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the cybersecurity-centric programming and networking concepts. Students will develop problem solving skills by using low-level programming languages (including C and assembly) and learn fundamentals of network protocols. This course is the technical base for students to take cybersecurity major courses. No prior knowledge of programming and networking is assumed. Prerequisite: MATH 162M or higher.

CYSE 270. Linux System for Cybersecurity. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the basic operations in major Linux distros for cybersecurity using both graphical interface and command line interface. Students will learn about the basic installation and configuration, file systems management, shell scripts, and user authentication in Linux systems. This course is the technical base for students to take cybersecurity major courses.

CYSE 300. Introduction to Cybersecurity. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of the field of cybersecurity. It covers core cybersecurity topics including computer system architectures, critical infrastructures, cyber threats and vulnerabilities, cryptography, information assurance, network security, and risk assessment and management. Students are expected to become familiar with fundamental security concepts, technologies and practices, and develop a foundation for further study in cybersecurity. Prerequisite: MATH 162M or permission of the instructor.

CYSE 301. Cybersecurity Techniques and Operations. 3 Credits.

This course introduces tools and techniques used to secure and analyze large computer networks and systems. Students will explore and map networks using a variety of diagnostic software tools, learn advanced packet analysis, configure firewalls, write intrusion detection rules, perform forensic investigation, and practice techniques for penetration testing. Prerequisite: MATH 162M or permission of the instructor.

CYSE 368. Cybersecurity Internship. 1-6 Credits.

This course allows students to volunteer to work in an agency related to cybersecurity. Students must volunteer for 50 hours per course credit and complete course assignments. Prerequisite: approval by the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research.

CYSE 395. Topics in Cybersecurity. 1-3 Credits.

Study of selected topics in cybersecurity. Prerequisites: junior standing.

CYSE 404. Law and Digital Forensics. 3 Credits.

This course will focus on the intersection of digital forensics and the criminal justice system, namely how digital forensics is understood and applied to key criminal justice, constitutional and statutory considerations within the criminal justice system. Students will explore such topics as the nature and types of cybercrime; search and seizure principles in the digital world; finding, handling and maintaining chain of custody of digital evidence; interviewing individuals relating to digital evidence and related activities; and testifying in court about digital evidence matters. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

CYSE 406. Cyber Law. 3 Credits.

This course tackles two major cyber law subjects. The first part of the course examines various U.S. laws and legal considerations that impact the digital and cyberspace worlds from traditional civil, and to a lesser extent, traditional criminal perspectives. The second part will familiarize cyber operations professionals about the extent of and limitations on their authorities to ensure operations in cyberspace are in compliance with U.S. law, regulations, directives and policies. The course will also introduce students to miscellaneous cybersecurity topics such as the Federal Acquisition Requirements. Prerequisite: junior standing.

CYSE 407. Digital Forensics. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the basic concepts and technologies of digital forensics. Students will learn the fundamental techniques and tools utilized for collecting, processing, and preserving digital evidence on computers, mobile devices, networks, and cloud computing environments. Students will also engage in oral and written communication to report digital forensic findings and prepare court presentation materials. Prerequisites: declared major and junior standing.

CYSE 409. Crime and Computer Applications. 3 Credits.

The purpose of this interdisciplinary course is to introduce students to the ways in which computers are involved in the commission and the investigation of crime. Students will learn the fundamentals of cryptography and steganography and the tools used to perform these activities Students will also use forensic software to identify, gather, and verify relevant digital evidence. Cross-listed with CRJS 409. Prerequisite: CRJS 310 or permission of instructor.

CYSE 416/516. Cyber Defense Fundamentals. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on cybersecurity theory, information protection and assurance, and computer systems and networks security. The objectives are to understand the basic security models and concepts, learn fundamental knowledge and tools for building, analyzing, and attacking modern security systems, and gain hands-on experience in cryptographic algorithms, security fundamental principles, and Internet security protocol and standards. Prerequisite: ECE 355 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.

CYSE 417. Digital Leadership. 3 Credits.

This course explores technology as it relates to leadership experiences. Theories, case studies and real world examples are analyzed to show both successful and unsuccessful uses of online and digital approaches that inform leaders' communication strategies. Students will explore how their own digital identities may impact their futures as leaders. They will also learn how to create digital identities that will shape their professional identities throughout their careers. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

CYSE 419/519. Cyber Physical System Security. 3 Credits.

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) integrate computing, networking, and physical processes. The objectives of this course are to learn the basic concepts, technologies and applications of CPS, understand the fundamental CPS security challenges and national security impact, and gain hands-on experience in CPS infrastructures, critical vulnerabilities, and practical countermeasures. Prerequisite: ECE 355 or permission of the instructor.

CYSE 425W. Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy. 3 Credits.

This writing intensive course explores cybersecurity policy and strategy and introduces students to the essentials of strategy development and policy making in cybersecurity. Topics considered include planning principles in cyber strategy; risk management and cybersecurity policy; the connections between cybersecurity policies, businesses, and governmental institutions; the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to develop and implement cybersecurity policy; the social, political and ethical implications that arise in cybersecurity policies and strategies; strategies to assess cybersecurity policy; and the ties between national security and cybersecurity policy. Prerequisites: ENGL 110C and ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C with a grade of C or better and CYSE 200T or POLS 101S.

CYSE 426. Cyber War. 3 Credits.

This course explores the national security dimensions of cybersecurity and examines cyber war in international relations. Exploration of cyber war begins with an examination of cybersecurity as a component of national security and investigates the topics of U.S National Cybersecurity and other national approaches to cyber war. The topics of cyber deterrence, cyber as a military domain, the roles of international organizations in cyber war, cyber terrorism, the role of social media, and information warfare will be discussed. The international dimension of cybersecurity is also discussed. Prerequisites: CYSE 200T or POLS 101S or permission of the instructor.

CYSE 450. Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the basic terminologies used in ethical hacking and useful tools in relation to penetration testing on Kali Linux. Students will learn to explore the vulnerabilities in various systems and operate the industry-leading tools and framework to perform the penetration testing on different target systems. Prerequisites: CYSE 270 and CYSE 301 or permission of the instructor.

CYSE 494. Entrepreneurship in Cybersecurity. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to help students enhance their personal and professional development through innovation guided by faculty members and professionals. It offers students an opportunity to integrate disciplinary theory and knowledge through developing a nonprofit program, product, business, or other initiative. The real-world experiences that entrepreneurships provide will help students understand how academic knowledge leads to transformations, innovations, and solutions to different types of problems. The course can be delivered either as an independent project for individual students or as group projects similar to those sometimes offered in topics courses. Prerequisite: Approval by the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research.

CYSE 495/595. Topics in Cybersecurity. 1-3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected cybersecurity topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to academic advisors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

CYSE 496/596. Topics in Cybersecurity. 1-3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected cybersecurity topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to academic advisors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

CYSE 497/597. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Cybersecurity. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: senior standing and approval of the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research.

CYSE 498/598. Tutorial Work in Special Topics in Cybersecurity. 1-3 Credits.

Independent reading and study on a topic to be selected under the direction of an instructor. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: senior standing and approval of the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research.