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B.S. in Cybersecurity

Advance Your Career Through a B.S. in Cybersecurity Degree

Looking for a degree that combines your talent for technology with a desire to serve and protect? Regent University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Cybersecurity program will prepare you to begin or advance your technology and network security career in government, military, private, public and nonprofit sectors. Learn how to create and execute a digital security strategy that supports and defends data resources managed by your employer. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs around the globe in 2021 – an increase of 2.5 million in just seven years.1 Equip yourself for these roles with a cybersecurity degree.

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ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

Regent was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for the B.S. in Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Only 4% of approximately 4,000 institutions have this designation.

The U.S. News & World report ranked Regent among top national universities in 2019 and 2020. It has also recognized our programs as the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia for 9 years in a row. So you experience excellence, whether you pursue your cybersecurity degree online or in Virginia Beach.

ACCESS A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR CYBER RANGE

Sharpen your skills through hands-on training in our state-of-the-art, multimillion-dollar cyber range, accessible to both on-campus and online students. The cyber range is a cybersecurity simulation and training facility that prepares you for situations you are likely to face in the real world.2

PURSUE YOUR MILITARY ASPIRATIONS

Regent offers a great location for students who want an on-campus experience and seek to apply their cybersecurity degree in the service of the nation. Virginia Beach is located just 15 minutes from Norfolk’s Naval Base, the largest naval station in the world. There are several other military installations in the area including Naval Station Oceana, Fort Story, and the Dam Neck Fleet Training Center. The B.S. in Cybersecurity program is also offered online, so you can earn your degree from nearly anywhere.

GAIN AN AFFORDABLE CYBERSECURITY DEGREE

Regent’s annual tuition is nearly $20,000 less than that of other private institutions, according to the U.S. News & World Report, 2019-2020. And we were ranked among the Top 5% Most Affordable Private Christian Universities by a CCCU Tuition Survey, 2018. You can explore exciting scholarship opportunities such as academic merit scholarships, honors college scholarships, and more. Learn about the scholarships for on-campus incoming freshmen: the $10,000 Freedom Scholarship$4,000 Homeschool Scholarship, and $4,000 Private School Scholarships. Pursue an affordable cybersecurity degree.

PROTECT AGAINST THREATS

Discover how homeland security is integrating a strong cyber workforce to protect the nation’s networks.

BUILD ON A STRONG FOUNDATION

Anchor your knowledge and skill on Christian principles and values.

LEARN FROM THE BEST 

Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field. Nearly 90% of Regent’s full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field. Access their expertise.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the B.S. in Cybersecurity degree, online or in Virginia Beach, you will be able to:

  • Analyze cybersecurity threats, trends and strategies.
  • Identify cybersecurity principles, methods and tools that aid in the defense of cyberattacks.
  • Decrease system vulnerabilities through integrated security technologies.

Career Opportunities

  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Networks & Systems Engineer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Digital Forensics Specialist
  • Cyber Risk Manager
  • Network Applications Supervisor
  • Intelligence Investigator
$104Thousand
Estimated mean annual wage for information security analysts U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Issues relating to Computer Information Systems and the ethical and moral responsibilities of those who work with computers, professionals or end users. Provides foundation to make appropriate decisions when facing difficult situations.

Hands-on exercises within Regent’s cyber range to implement basic cyber security principles. Lab exercises to reinforce key industry certification topics and live fire hand-on incident response scenarios. Requires some synchronous availability. Prerequisites: ISYS 324 Networks and Telecommunication Concepts, Comp TIA Network+ certification, or equivalent. Pass/No Pass. Cross-listed with CYBR 581.

Computer systems, networks, databases, intellectual property, computer security, artificial intelligence, legal and ethical considerations, codes of conduct, privacy, computer crimes, and the future of computing and the Internet and their relationship to the business world.

Focuses instruction on the installation, configuration, and administration of the Linux operating system and emphasizes the use of Linux with the maximization of security in mind for a network client. Prerequisite: ISYS 204.

Introduces programming fundamentals using Visual Basic.net. Use of algorithms and computer logic to translate data into information through structured design, coding, testing, and program debugging, writing programs in high-level, object-oriented language.

Recovery of evidence from any media or digital device that can store or transmit data. Best practices and current techniques for capturing and analyzing digital evidence to support a criminal or civil complaint in court.

Introduction to relational database management systems through the study of the tools and techniques of database analysis and design. Attention to data modeling, designing relational databases, normalization, and relationships, using modern database applications to create tables, queries, forms and reports. Prerequisite: ISYS 214.

Students gain in-depth knowledge of networking and telecommunications fundamentals including LANs, MANs, WANs, intranets, the Internet, and the WWW. Attention to data communication and telecommunication concepts, models, standards, and protocols in the context of installation, configuration, systems integration, and management of infrastructure technologies. Prerequisite: ISYS 204 and Sophomore standing.

Business and government are facing a rapidly expanding need for information assurance professionals. Information protection program design, internetworking and application security, the development of information security safeguards and information security auditing, disaster recovery, policy development, identity management, and effective threat assessment. Prerequisite: ISYS 204 and Sophomore standing.

Securing the systems that run our computers is the key to ensuring that our essential information remains safe and available. This course provides the essentials for understanding the threats to systems security, the methods to counter these threats, and some practical work in systems security. A computer system with appropriate software is required. Prerequisite: ISYS 331.

Access to the Internet for multiple purposes is one of the major components of most business operations. Many businesses also have intranets, which provide internal communications. Security of these assets is critical for a successful business. Course provides an introduction to the concepts and procedures of assessing and providing security for internet/intranets. Prerequisite: ISYS 331.

Investigation of the techniques of system analysis and design, with attention to the concepts, skills, methodologies, and tools essential for systems analysts to develop information systems successfully. Prerequisite or co-requisite: ISYS 317.

Information security must be a significant part of any business plan today, and managers in this field must remain aware of the principles and methodology of managing information security. Provides an in-depth view of the management of information security for government, corporations, and other institutions. Prerequisite: ISYS 331.

Global and local networks provide capabilities that have become essential in the success of the world economy for businesses and individuals. Defending these systems against attacks through the use of worms, viruses, and other criminal acts is imperative. Provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of network security and some hands-on experience in the installation and utilization of firewalls and intrusion detection systems. Prerequisite: ISYS 331.

The threats to information security are numerous, and even the best security systems can be penetrated in one manner or another. In addition, physical security is a consideration for securing the systems necessary for business operations to continue. Natural disasters, terrorist activities, and internal subversion can all cause destruction or denial of service. Provides a framework for understanding the threats and how to counter them. Prerequisite: ISYS 331.

Capstone course in which advanced IST students, operating as a high-performance team, engage in and complete the design and implementation of a significant information system. Project management, management of the IS function, and systems integration are components of the project experience. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Senior status and ISYS 406.

Introductory study of basic descriptive and inferential statistics with an emphasis on real world applications and the use of current technology. Topics include sampling, random variables, probability distributions, measures of central tendency and variation, and testing of hypotheses. Cannot be applied to the mathematics major.

Admission requirements vary based on the stage you're at in life. Select a link below to learn how to apply.

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Block Rate Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$8,61012 - 18$8,610
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Under 12$7,260
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Over 18$10,332
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$574N/A$1,722+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800

Housing Fees »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-12 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Military Admissions & Aid »

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Block Rate Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$8,61012 - 18$8,610
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Under 12$6,888
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Over 18$10,332
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$574N/A$1,722+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800

Housing Fees »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-12 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Military Admissions & Aid »

IS A CYBERSECURITY DEGREE WORTH IT?

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field. According to Cybersecurity Ventures’ prediction, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs across the world in 2021. “Cybersecurity graduates are in high demand since there are many open positions that companies wish to fill,” said Dr. Deva Henry in an interview.

The annual mean wage for Information Security Analysts was $104,210 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019.3 “Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks,” said the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook. In fact, it projects a 31% increase in employment for such analysts from 2019 to 2029. To put this in perspective, the average growth rate for all occupations is 4%.4

According to the handbook, “most information security analyst positions require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Employers usually prefer to hire analysts with experience in a related occupation.”

Regent equips you to enter the workforce through both knowledge and practical skills training. Maximiliano “Max” Gigli, a graduate from our B.S. in Cybersecurity program, secured an internship at Google in Zurich, Switzerland in 2019. He now serves as an Administrative Business Partner at Google.

Earlier, Regent student Nathan Mowry was among the first in Virginia to earn the new Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was one of 25 recipients who received $10,000 per semester in exchange for future service in the field.

And Lucinda Brooks, a graduate of our M.S. in Cybersecurity program, is part of the inaugural cohort of the Cybersecurity Talent InitiativeTM. This initiative is a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership aimed at recruiting and training a world-class cybersecurity force. Brooks’ program placement is with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she will help protect the agency’s networks against cyber threats.

Are there any prerequisites for this cybersecurity program?

There are no prerequisites for the B.S. in Cybersecurity. We will gladly provide any training you need to be successful in the program.

HOW DIFFICULT IS A CYBERSECURITY DEGREE?

The B.S. in Cybersecurity program includes introductory courses that will help you gain a better understanding of the field. This includes Introduction to Information Systems and Introduction to Programming. You will also study courses like Digital Forensics, which focuses on the recovery of evidence, Systems Security and Network Defense and Security.

At Regent, professors are accessible and supportive, helping you along the learning curve. We also offer a cyber range for you to practice your skills, whether you pursue your degree online or in Virginia Beach. “I came to Virginia Beach for a campus tour and was shown Regent’s Cyber Range — a robust, state-of-the-art facility equipped for cyberattack simulations and world-class training — it sealed my decision to enroll,” said Max Gigli. Gain the Regent advantage.

CAN I PURSUE MY CYBERSECURITY DEGREE ONLINE?

Absolutely. Regent offers its cybersecurity degree online and on-campus in Virginia Beach. Our online students can access faculty expertise as well as cyber range training from practically anywhere around the globe. Regent’s online programs have been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia for 9 years in a row. We are constantly pursuing excellence in offering a personal, convenient and affordable educational experience to our students.

References

  1. Morgan, S. (2019). Cybersecurity talent crunch to create 3.5 million unfilled jobs globally by 2021. Cybercrime Magazine.

2. “Cybersecurity Graduates are in High Demand”: Q&A with College of Arts & Sciences’ Dr. Deva Henry. Regent University News.

3. May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

4. Information Security Analysts. Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Regent's online, eight-week programs will help you take responsibility and have a way to be self-taught. You'll not only have that initiative, but you'll be able to interact with your professors online. It was really good for me.”

Taniki Richard, B.S. Business Leadership, 2016 Former U.S. Marine Corps

“I'm grateful to Regent for developing my leadership skills, which are an essential component to the technical knowledge needed for a career in my field.”

Maximiliano Gigli, B.S. in Cybersecurity, 2020 Administrative Business Partner, Google

“I easily passed the ITF+ and CompTIA A+ exams. My scores well exceeded the passing minimum, thanks to what I learned at Regent even before completing my degree!”

Jason Elliott, B.S. in Cybersecurity - Business Leadership & Management, 2022

“Regent prepared me to step into the unknown with confidence and skill.”

Jonathan Holman, B.S. in Business, 2019 Director of Business Intelligence, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

“Regent’s Military Resource Center introduced me to a network of mentors and went the extra mile to support me.”

Natasha Moore, B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2019; MPA, 2020 Navy veteran; preparing to be a commissioned officer in the military