Bachelor of Science Cybersecurity

Students in the BS Cybersecurity program will learn the fundamentals of information security, security infrastructure design and implementation, computer forensics, risk assessment, and the impact of security requirements on a business operation. Students design, implement, integrate, and manage various security infrastructure components through hands-on activities in a state-of the-art Security Laboratory. The lab includes multi-vendor firewalls, Virtual Private Networks, intrusion detection and prevention systems, routers, switches, security scanners, and event correlation systems. This degree program prepares students for the fast growing cybersecurity field and careers in various environments such as corporations, government agencies and consulting. Common career areas include Computer Forensics, Incident Response, Network Security Administration, Risk Assessment, and Web Development.

For international students: this is a STEM-designated program.


Kara Keene (BS ‘20)
Senior Consultant, TransUnion
Security, Orchestration, and Automation Response Team "All throughout my time in school I was connected to the professional role at the same time. I think I spent most of my junior and senior year in the network lab on routers and switches. I learned so much about the basics of networks and how they work and that translates every single day to my career."

Career Success

91% of reporting DePaul bachelor's degree recipients were employed, continuing education, or not seeking employment within six months of graduation

CORE: Platform for Cybersecurity Education through Gamification

This National Security (NSA)-funded grant project awarded to faculty Filipo Sharevski and Jean-Philippe Labruyere is a scalable and lightweight experiential range for learning cybersecurity through gamification available for educational institutions who wish to educate and prepare cybersecurity graduates to fill Federal Government cybersecurity positions. The CORE platform incorporates an innovative approach to experiential cybersecurity learning: educating students in cybersecurity in a game-like learning environment with a focus on real-time reconnaissance, attack, defense, and live forensics challenges. The CORE platform development, implementation, and support is realized together with the CDM students Michael Vieth and James Daniel.

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National Center of Academic Excellence

DePaul has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.


Security Daemons

Security Daemons is a very vibrant and active student club at CDM. The Daemons participate in many Capture The Flag (CTF) competitions throughout the year as well as the annual Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). In 2021, the team placed second in the national CCDC competition, and has placed in the top 5 nationally five of the last seven years.


Hands-On Learning

Coursework emphasizes hands-on learning with Cisco equipment. The CDM Security Lab contains more than 100 routers, 60 switches, 90 firewalls, and a wide variety of servers and specialized network appliances, all of which are available to students in Cybersecurity courses to practice and perfect their networking and security skills.

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BS + CCNA Security

DePaul is a Cisco Networking Academy (CNA). CDM faculty can make use of Cisco online learning resources to supplement their course materials. Students who wish to earn their Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) security have access to all Cisco review materials as a part of their coursework. However, unlike many CNA institutions, CDM’s courses provide a broad range of learning materials beyond what Cisco offers.

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Online Learning

Many courses for this program are available for review and playback online. One hundred percent of the lectures in the CDM courses—from audio and video to whiteboard writing and supplemental materials—are captured and available online.

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Faculty Research

School of Computing faculty perform research in a wide variety of areas, with many projects funded by federal agencies. Faculty research areas include artificial intelligence, data mining, database systems, high performance and scientific computing, human-computer interaction, programming languages and systems, security, software engineering, technology education, theory, and visual computing.

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