The cybersecurity field focuses on protecting networks, data, software, and computing resources from changes, unauthorized access, or destruction. Students will learn the technical foundation to work in public and private organizations to protect data and the foundational policies and procedures necessary for organizations to ensure the safe handling of data and management of resources.
Why Study Cybersecurity at Radford?
- You’ll get experience in programming, networking, and operating systems · Complex applications including database management systems
- Coursework will cover distributed computing infrastructure, cloud computing, and embedded computing devices that drive the Internet of Things (IoT)
- Graduates are well prepared to design, implement, deploy, and administer technological solutions to prevent and defend against cyber-attacks
- Students learn to think creatively and critically in performing risk assessment, analyzing the security of computer infrastructure, implementing solutions, mastering the skills and tools to handle cyberattacks, and developing a business case for security
What does a career in cybersecurity look like?
Cyberattacks are one of the most critical threats facing the Commonwealth of Virginia and the entire nation. These attacks cost organizations an average of $11.7 million dollars every year and threaten national security. According to the Department of Homeland Security, “Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace.”
Recent prominent attacks, like the attack on Target’s systems and the Dyn webcam attack, identity theft from the Office of Personal Management (OPM)s and demonstrate that all computing devices are vulnerable to attacks including:
- Traditional PCs and workstations
- Voting machines
- Baby monitors
- Corporate and home networks
Learn more about the job outlook for cybersecurity
Radford’s curriculum develops the depth and breadth necessary for security professionals to design and develop comprehensive security solutions.
We're ready for the future
Radford University recently launched a degree program in Cybersecurity, designed to prepare students to meet the anticipated demand for 3.5 million cybersecurity professionals by 2023. The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is the first at a four-year public institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia.