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Cybersecurity-Critical Infrastructure

The Cybersecurity--Critical Infrastructure area of study blends both information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) and focuses specifically on securing critical infrastructures in sectors such as energy, water, gas and transportation. The program prepares students, especially those currently in the utility industry, to advance professionally in the cybersecurity field and prepares IT professionals to transition into the utility industry.

Required courses Credits
CYB-521: Foundation of Utility Cybersecurity 3
CYB-522: Cybersecurity Risk Management in Utility Environments 3
CYB-523: Protective Security Controls in Utility Systems and Networks 3
CYB-524: Monitoring, Detection, Response and Recovery in Utility Environments 3
CYB-525: Integrating Cybersecurity into the System Lifecycle 3
Total 15

Cybersecurity Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the area of study in Cybersecurity – Critical Infrastructure, students will be able to:

  1. Investigate cybersecurity risks based on ranking criteria.
  2. Apply appropriate models for security risk mitigation.
  3. Analyze new technology and identify/develop solution sets for cybersecurity vulnerability concerns.
  4. Construct research-based recommendations to resolve security incidents and to mitigate vulnerabilities and threats.
  5. Develop cybersecurity solution requirements for IT/OT vendors and suppliers.
  6. Implement industry best practices for existing and future systems.
  7. Implement security controls as defined by industry standards and cybersecurity frameworks.
  8. Integrate security into the entire system lifecycle (planning, architecture, design, development, implementation/operation, maintenance and disposal).

Dr. Amjad Ali

Amjad AliDr. Amjad Ali, associate dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology, oversees our cybersecurity programs. Ali has made significant contributions to the development and launch of major cybersecurity programs and has an extensive background as a technology consultant to both public and private sector organizations.

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