Bachelor of Science in Computer and Network Security –Online Program

Offered by: Wilmington University

College credits: 120

Course length: 7-15 weeks

Overview

Wilmington University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity through academic year 2021 by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

This is a nationally recognized designation that Wilmington University's Computer and Network Security curricula, faculty, outreach and academic activities meet the rigorous standards established by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The goal of the National Centers of Academic Excellence designation program is to promote higher education in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Defense (CD) and prepare a growing number of IA/CD professionals to meet the need to reduce vulnerabilities in the Nation's networks.


The Need for Computer and Network Security Professionals

Every business of any size today is dependent upon a networked computer system connected to the Internet. Computer and network technologies have greatly increased employee productivity and reduced the cost of doing business. Unfortunately, the same technology that makes life easier for employees makes life more difficult for the IT professionals whose responsibility it is to protect the organization’s vital data and corporate informational assets. To protect themselves, companies seek professionals with the strongest security credentials available. Security job functions can be very specific, such as encryption technology, or broad, such as threat assessment.


A Program In High-Demand

Considering the increase of targeted attacks by hackers, random attacks involving computer viruses, the growing presence of spyware/adware/malware, and the use of computers—and their data—in various white-collar criminal activities, more and more businesses require highly-skilled IT professionals. Private and Public corporations alike seek professionals who are capable of protecting networks from intrusion, protecting computers from viruses, and retrieving data as evidence from computers used in the commission of fraud and other corporate crimes.


A Great Job Outlook

Computer and Network Security is projected as the second fastest growing occupation by the US Department of Labor Statistics (BLS).  According to the BLS, the number of people employed as network systems and data communications analysts is projected to increase by 53% between 2006 and 2018.


Only at Wilmington University

Although computer and networking security is an emerging academic field across the nation, local institutions have yet to offer such a program in its entirety. Wilmington University is the only institution to offer the Bachelor of Science in Computer and Network Security in the area.


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What You Can Do With this Degree

The term Cybersecurity is still fairly new and the category of jobs involving cybersecurity is very broad. The federal government initiated an effort called the National Cybersecurity Framework a few years ago to help provide some clarity and structure. The following sample job titles are taken from this framework (http://csrc.nist.gov/nice/framework/national _cybersecurity_workforce_framework_03_2013_version1_0_interactive.pdf) and are among the roles for which the CNS program helps prepare students:

  • Computer Crime Investigator
  • Computer Network Defense Forensic Analyst
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Intelligence Analyst
  • Digital Forensic Examiner
  • Ethical Hacker
  • Incident Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Intrusion Analyst
  • Intrusion Detection System Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Analyst
  • Network Defense Technician
  • Network Forensic Examiner
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Penetration Tester
  • Risk/Vulnerability Analyst
  • Security Administrator
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Specialist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • Technical Support Specialist

Curriculum

You will take courses such as:

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Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.

Cost

With financial aid, Guild students attending Wilmington University may be eligible to pay a fraction of the published cost to advance their education. For example, Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published course or program cost to earn their bachelor's degree when taking advantage of:

●      Federal financial aid funds
●      Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
●      The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit.
●      Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.
 
Active Military or Veteran? If so, talk to your coach or Wilmington University about your eligibility for additional tuition benefits.

Schedule

●      WilmU’s online classes are primarily offered in 15-week and 7-week formats and you can start every other month.
●      Take your classes online, with flexibility to balance work, school, family, and personal life.
●      Gain knowledge and skills that are career-relevant and can be applied tomorrow.
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Why Guild

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Pell Grants*, offered by the U.S. Government, provide students who qualify with up to $5,920, per year in grant aid. Unlike loans, grants do not need to be repaid.

The Lifelong Learning Credit (up to $2000) and the American Opportunity Tax Credit* (up to $2500) are both available annually to U.S. students.

Guild negotiates reduced tuition with partner colleges and programs, giving you affordable options from the start.

​Guild works with your employer to offer corporate tuition assistance to qualified employees.

Guild is committed to reduce the cost of higher education for hard-working adults. We'll help make an affordable path to move your education forward.​

* Pell Grants are only available to eligible students in undergraduate degree programs & the American Opportunity Tax Credit is only available for students in undergrad or master's degree programs. All other funding categories are available for all students.

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