Computing Technology and Information Systems Department

Cyber and Network Security

B.S., Major, Evening


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Stop Cyber Criminals in Their Tracks

It is reported that the Pentagon repels more than 10 million hacking attempts per day, and the state of Utah repels almost 20 million hacking attempts per day (likely due to the new NSA station in that state). To combat hacking and to investigate computers used in crimes, the practice of cyber security at Guilford is founded upon technological scientific knowledge, ethics, principles and practices which are best learned through formal education and training and the proper conduct of research.

Through practical assignments with real-world applications, Guilford's Cyber and Network Security majors learn appropriate, value-based skills that help them understand and investigate cyber-related crimes. Students practice the skills they learn with labs and exercises, and they take advanced courses in cyber security, computer forensics, networking and operating systems.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected the demand for information cyber and network security analysts will increase by 37 percent between 2012 and 2022. Moreover, as of March 2015, the Pentagon planned to add more than 3,000 experts at U.S. Cyber Command. This would add to the more than 6,000 cyber security specialists already employed with starting salaries ranging from $40,000 to $130,000.

Career options include programming and software development, network administration, business and systems analysis, database administration and web development. Graduates have earned jobs at Deloitte, FedEx Services, IBM Watson, Glen Raven and LabCorp. Students have pursued graduate education in computer science, human computer interaction and information technology management.

Major/minor requirements and course descriptions are available in the online version of the Guilford College Catalog. Use the keyboard shortcuts Control F for PC or Command F for Mac to search the document for your program.

Hands-on Learning

Cyber and Network Security majors have performed internships at Secure Designs, and more internship sites are being added each semester as students begin moving through this new program. Students have also been accepted into the Cisco Global Cybersecurity Scholarship program.