Cybersecurity professionals protect data in computers and networks from crimes such as hacking and data theft.
Illinois State’s Cybersecurity major focuses on security basics, cryptography, ethical hacking, security defenses, and forensics. It covers current tools and techniques, and managing security risks.
To be successful in these areas, you'll get a background in programming and networking as well as basic knowledge of computer hardware and systems software.
Point of Pride
The School of Information Technology is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security through 2020.
Why study Cybersecurity?
Hacking and cybercrimes are major problems for any organization. Our strong dependence on digital technologies calls for increased security. Because of these factors, cybersecurity professionals are in high demand.
The Cybersecurity program at Illinois State gives you practical, hands-on experience. You'll develop system and network defenses, and perform simulated attacks on computers to test their security. You also get exposure to computer forensics. This teaches you how to gather and preserve evidence from devices to use in a court of law.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!