What is a major in Cybersecurity?

The Cybersecurity major provides graduates with a thorough understanding of the key principles and practices related to the world of cybersecurity. It combines the basics of computer science with the skills and knowledge of security to form the basis for a range of careers including security analyst, penetration tester, network security engineer, security architect, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Cybersecurity Engineer,  and application security engineer.   Topics of study include basic cybersecurity principals, systems administration, systems security, networks and network security, data security including encryption, and of course offensive and defensive methodologies.  These are coupled with core topics of computer since including programming languages, algorithms, computer architecture, operating systems, and applications of computer science such as database systems, artificial intelligence, and computer networks. Upon entering this program, you should have an interest in analytical thinking and problem solving, an aptitude for mathematics, and an interest in working with computers and technology.

In addition to an in-depth technical knowledge, the cybersecurity major builds on a broad education and a sense of how computer science is used and how it affects people and society.

You should follow the plan for your catalog year, which is typically the first year you started at Miami. However, you have the option to change your catalog year. If you are unsure of what your catalog year is, you can find out by reviewing your Degree Audit Report (DAR) on BannerWeb.

Curriculum Requirements

Courses Specific to Cyber Security

  • CYB 134 Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • CYB 234 System Administration and Scripting for Security
  • CYB 235 Computer Network Design and Administration
  • CYB 236 Data Security
  • CYB 331 Software Security
  • CYB 334 Network Security
  • CYB 332 Human, Organizational, and Societal Security
  • CYB 335 Defensive Security
  • CYB 435 Offensive Security
  • CYB 437 Cybersecurity Capstone