Bachelor's Degree Specialization in Cyber Security Programming

Learn to Protect Organizations from Cyberattacks

Cyberattacks can compromise personal data, provide unwanted visibility to sensitive information and cripple a business’ infrastructure. But where there are cybercrimes and cyberattacks, there are dedicated cyber security professionals helping keep organizations safe.

Are you ready to be on the front lines? Get started with a Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Cyber Security Programming from DeVry University. This program is built with Tech Core curriculum, which is designed to give you hands-on learning experiences in Engineering Technology, Information Technology and Software and Information Systems. You’ll build a foundation of interdisciplinary skills you can put to work in your future cyber security career.

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Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems with Cyber Security Programming Specialization in as little as 2 years + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.



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Why DeVry?

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program1. It’s our way of investing in your education—and you.

Work With IoT Technologies & Systems

Immerse yourself in the Internet of Things (IoT) world and obtain hands-on experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

Certification Exam Reimbursement

Several of our tech programs are designed with industry-recognized certifications in mind. Qualified students may receive up to a $300 reimbursement for the cost of one exam attempt across a wide range of certifications:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Cloud+

Other certifications may also be eligible for reimbursement. Speak to your Student Support Advisor for additional information.

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What You'll Learn

The Cyber Security Programming Specialization covers the following skills and topics in order to help you build important cyber security capabilities:

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    Information Systems Security Planning and Audit

    Understand the risk factor analysis that must be performed in order to design a flexible and comprehensive security plan.
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    Data Privacy and Security

    Explore the legal, ethical and security issues involving data and information assets that organizations must address to ensure operational continuity, as well as compliance with standards, policies and laws.
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    Web Security

    Examine issues involved in protecting web-based applications from external threats while safeguarding customer privacy and accessibility.
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    Information Security and Mobile Devices

    Focus on protecting information on mobile devices, types of mobile devices, risks, encryption, information at rest and in motion, attack scenarios and defense-in-depth controls.
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    Advanced Network Security

    Identify network and wireless vulnerabilities, conduct risk assessments, respond to intrusions, and provide for business continuity and disaster recovery.
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    Gain working knowledge of the underlying technology of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and the Internet. This topic also covers networking media, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP), routing and switching and small network configuration and troubleshooting.
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    Understand router configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting. Explore Internet protocol (IP) addressing techniques, routing protocols; IPv4 and IPv6, and access control lists (ACLs), and network address translation (NAT).
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    Understand switch configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting. Explore Ethernet frame switching techniques, switch-port security, virtual area networks (VLANs) and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP).
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    Logic and Design

    Study basic programming logic and algorithm design, including control structures for sequential, iterative and decision-based processing. Learn how computers think in order to set up complex patterns and controls.
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    Complex Problem Solving

    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Curious to learn how you can earn two additional credentials? Our unique 3-in-1 design allows you to do just that, courses in our Programming Essentials certificate program and Information Technology and Networking associate degree are included within this program. Allowing you the opportunity to earn a certificate and an associate degree on the road to your Computer Information Systems - Cyber Security Programming undergraduate degree2.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with our Cyber Security Programming Specialization may consider the following careers:

  • Computer Programmer

  • Computer Security Specialist

  • Cyber Security Specialist

  • Information Security Analyst

  • Information Security Manager

  • Software Developer

General Education Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL1123 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
ENGL216 Technical Writing

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Humanities 4,5

LAS432 Technology, Society, and Culture

One of:

ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Social Sciences

ECON312 Principles of Economics
SOCS185 Culture and Society

One of:

SOCS325 6 Environmental Sociology
SOCS350 Cultural Diversity in the Professions

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
PHYS204 Applied Physics with Lab

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Tech Core Courses

Tech Core

CEIS101 Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
CEIS114 Introduction to Digital Devices
NETW191 Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
SEC285 Fundamentals of Information Security

Program Courses

Information Systems and Programming

CEIS150 Programming with Objects
CEIS209 Intermediate Programming
CEIS236 Database Systems and Programming Fundamentals
CEIS312 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
CIS355A Business Application Programming with Lab

Information Technology and Networking

SEC450 Advanced Network Security w/Lab
SEC310 Principles and Theory of Security Management
SEC311 Ethical Hacking
SEC321 Network Security Testing with Lab

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology
CEIS499 Preparation for the Profession
MGMT404 Project Management
TECH460 Senior Project

Specialized Courses

Cyber Security Programming

NETW411 Information Security and Mobile Devices
SEC290 Fundamentals of Infrastructure Security
SEC380 Cloud Computing Security
SEC440 Information Systems Security Planning and Audit

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FAQs: Cyber Security Programming Degree

What programming languages does Cyber Security use?

Some of the cyber security programming languages used by cyber security professionals include Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Shell Scripting, SQL, Golang, and C. These languages enable cyber security programmers to bolster the defenses of their organizations, and in some cases make it possible for them to use hacking capabilities to test their own defense measures.

Is Cyber Security Programming hard to learn?

As with any discipline, how challenging a subject is depends on the individual, and cyber security programming is no different. In many ways, learning cyber security programming  is like  learning other types of programming. A good way of thinking about learning cyber security programming is to compare it to learning a foreign language; you have to learn the rules and logic of a programming language much like you would have to learn the grammatical rules of a different spoken language. 

Is Cyber Security Programming a good career?

Cyber security programming can be an great option for those who have an interest in pursuing a career in the security and information technology fields. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the field where which cyber security programming professionals work is also expected to grow by 33%, on a national level, between 2020 and 2030, which is much faster than the average for all industries in the United States7. Enrolling in a degree or certificate program, like DeVry’s Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security, can help you build up your foundational skills if you’re preparing to pursue a career in cyber security programming.

DeVry University’s Cyber Security curriculum is acknowledged and verified as an approved provider by NICCS.

Related Programs

1As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate in Cybersecurity and Networking, Associate in Information Technology and Networking, Associate in Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s of Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s of Software Development, Bachelor’s of Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s of Network and Communications Management and Bachelor’s of Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.
2For the programming Essentials certificate program and the Information Technology and Networking associate degree, every course counts towards the Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Cyber Security Programming program. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
3Students enrolled at a New Jersey location take ENGL108 in lieu of this course.
4Students enrolled at a Pennsylvania location must take HUMN451 as part of this requirement.
5Students enrolled at a New Jersey location must take an additional six semester-credit hours of general education coursework from among the following course areas: communication skills, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Courses selected in humanities or social sciences should be upper-division coursework (DeVry courses numbered 300-499).
6Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 in lieu of this requirement.
7Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location