Computing Major—Cybersecurity Concentration, Bachelor of Science
See also Computer Science and Information Technology
Stop Cyberattackers in Their Tracks
The Department of Homeland Security has estimated that 20 percent of Americans have been victimized by some form of cybercrime. As cybersecurity becomes such a high priority in our world, the job market is booming with intense demand for professionals who can defend networks, data, and infrastructure.
PCC’s cybersecurity concentration gives students extensive knowledge of the latest tools and techniques available to combat cyberattacks and implement safeguards that keep systems safe.
With an emphasis on continually learning in this constantly changing field, students develop a strong foundation of logical thinking, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail, learning to detect patterns and discover potential areas of vulnerability. Several courses are taught by professionals currently working in the cybersecurity field, bringing up-to-the-minute real-world perspective and experience to the classroom.
Students learn to anticipate the moves of sophisticated cybercriminals, using both defensive and offensive strategies to combat their tactics. Programming classes train students to spot trouble areas and to write software that cannot be exploited by hackers.
The mission of PCC’s cybersecurity concentration is to produce excellent, highly skilled Christian leaders who bring a moral and ethical approach to cybersecurity challenges.
The purpose of the cybersecurity concentration is to prepare students to develop, operate, and secure computing systems capable of operating within today’s complex digital world and its continual evolution of cyber threats. Students are trained to solve problems logically and apply tools and techniques to combat various types of potential security threats.
Program Educational Objectives
Within the first five years after graduation, our computing alumni are expected to make measurable contributions in the following spiritual and professional objectives:
- Entry-Level Employment—apply computer knowledge, professional ethics, and Christian principles in the workplace;
- Christian Ministry—support a local church and other Christian ministries;
- Leadership—demonstrate Christian leadership through career, church, or community opportunities; and
- Lifelong Learning—advance intellectually through activities such as continuing education or industry certification.
Graduates of the cybersecurity concentration will demonstrate the following outcomes:
- Problem Solving—analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions;
- Technical Skill—design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline;
- Communication—communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts;
- Ethics—recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles;
- Teamwork—function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline;
- Security Awareness—apply security principles and practices to the environment, hardware, software, and human aspects of a system; and
- Security Analysis—analyze and evaluate systems with respect to maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats.
High School Preparation
Recommended high school preparation for a cybersecurity concentration is two units of algebra. Opportunities are available to make up this deficiency. In this case, time required to complete a cybersecurity concentration could be expected to increase.
Recommended Course Sequence
- Software security engineer
- Security architect
- Ethical hacker
- Penetration tester
- Information security analyst
- IT security consultant
- Security manager