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Cybersecurity - B.S.

The Cybersecurity Bachelor's of Science program prepares students to assess computer and network system security needs, recommend safeguard solutions and manage the implementation of security devices.

About Cybersecurity

  • Taught by professors working and conducting research in cybersecurity field.
  • Students receive personal attention with in major courses regardless of class size.
  • Students gain significant hands-on experience to prepare for cybersecurity careers.
  • Choice of internship in final semester or additional upper level program electives.
  • Minor opportunity in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and Forensic Science.
  • Students can fully participate in campus life via virtual communities, networking, and career-building workshops.
  • The program emphasizes strong oral/written communication and teamwork skills.
  • The program requires cluster courses in both data security and network security.
  • Students need to constantly update their knowledge and skills as technology changes.

Students in this major can expect to learn:

  • Ethical hacking and system penetration
  • Cryptology and Digital forensics
  • Network Defense
  • Professional Ethics

Our degree is very broad-focused. We look at all the ways that a cybercriminal or hacker can exploit all of a system’s weaknesses. When we create a defense, we need to understand the offense that could potentially exploit security measures.

- Minhua Wang
Lecturer, Cybersecurity and Information Technology

High-tech Solutions

Students say one of best parts about the IT program is the ability to experiment with the same equipment they will be maintaining when they enter the workforce.

Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2026 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

My favorite thing about Cybersecurity would be the complexity of it all. There's just so many things that are going on at once. There's so many puzzles to be solved. But, finding the most efficient and fastest and the best way to fix a puzzle is the most interesting aspect of it.

- Brandon Ferratta
Cybersecurity Student

Professor Kambiz Ghaznour teaches in the Cybersecurity classroom.

Students will be expected to keep up with the latest developments in the hardware and software industry to stay up-to-date with current exploitation tactics. They will need to update their knowledge as technology changes. The program also emphasizes strong oral and written communication skills, teamwork, in addition to proficiency with the latest hardware and software.

How long does it take to complete this degree?

Students can complete the degree in 4 semesters if transferring in with a completed associates degree in computer science, networking, or security fields. Some students may require additional time to complete the program depending on the number and type of college credits transferred in.

Kambiz Ghazinour

Kambiz Ghazinour

Kambiz (pronounced come-bees) Ghazinour is an Associate Professor in the Cybersecurity program at SUNY Canton. He received his Ph.D In 2012 in the area of Data Security and Privacy from University of Calgary and was a Post-doc Fellow at the University of Ottawa and Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario until 2014.

In 2007, he received a Master's at the University of New Brunswick in the area of High Performance Scientific Computing and in 2003 received his Bachelor's in Software Engineering. From 1998 to 2005, he held many roles including Software Developer, Systems Analyst and Database Administrator.

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Minhua Wang