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Cyber Operations is an interdisciplinary major encompassing the entire scope of cyberspace and related operations that are both technical and non-technical (i.e., ethical, legal, human-centered, etc.) in nature. Cyber Operations is a complementary discipline to Cybersecurity. Cyber Operations places a particular emphasis on technologies and techniques applicable to all operational and system levels. Coursework in Cyber Operations balances theory, practice and hands-on labs inspired by real-life scenarios. Skills and competencies emphasized are in system attack, infiltration, exploitation, defense, mitigation, and recovery.
This major is one of only two programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the only truly interdisciplinary one, that is designated by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence.
Graduates from this program will have the skills and proficiencies that are critical to intelligence, military and law enforcement organizations authorized to perform these specialized operations.
ODU’s Cyber Operations major program is firmly grounded in the computer science, computer engineering, and/or electrical engineering disciplines, with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications via labs and exercises.
This course introduces the cybersecurity-centric programming and networking concepts. Students will develop problem solving skills by using low-level programming languages |including C and assembly) and learn fundamentals of network protocols. This course is the technical base for students to take cybersecurity major courses. No prior knowledge of programming and networking is assumed. Prerequisite: MATH 162M or higher.
This course introduces tools and techniques used to secure and analyze large computer networks and systems. Students will explore and map networks using a variety of diagnostic software tools, learn advanced packet analysis, configure firewalls, write intrusion detection rules, perform forensic investigation, and practice techniques for penetration testing. Prerequisite: MATH 162M or permission of the instructor.
This course will provide students with an overview of computer-related crimes and how law enforcement officials investigate them. The course begins by describing the environment that has been created through information and communication technologies, and how this new environment facilitates different types of behavior. The course then moves into defining and describing the different types of computer-related crimes, the techniques used by officials, and the legal issues inherent in combating cybercrime. Prerequisites: CRJS 215S.
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Cyber Operations should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Because the curriculum requires calculus and physics, as well as a number of computer engineering and computer science courses, it is highly recommended that prospective students feel confident in their skills in high school math and science. Information about AP, IB and Cambridge Advances A/AS exams and scores that are accepted can be found here.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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ODU Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research is pleased to announce a new scholarship program for students who are majoring in Cybersecurity. These are four year scholarships ($8,888 per year, total: $35,552) available to talented students with demonstrated financial need. Besides the scholarship, students also receive strong academic support, including faculty mentoring, peer tutoring, acceptance to the ODU Cybersecurity Learning Community, opportunities to join the Cyberhacking Competition Team, and access to the Cybersecurity Virtual Lab. They will also have access to summer research internships and assistance with job placement, as well as other support provided by ODU such as the Student Success Center, Math & Science Resource Center, Writing Center, and Career Development Services.
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