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Cyber Systems

Cyber Systems majors acquire a strong technical computing foundation with a balanced managerial cyber emphasis further enhanced by interdisciplinary studies in order to meet the cyber needs of the Coast Guard and the United States. Cyber Systems majors focus on developing and applying cutting-edge cyber technologies in the operational domain in order to:

  • Conduct and enable Coast Guard missions
  • Defend Coast Guard and governmental cyber systems
  • Protect critical national infrastructure from cyber attacks
  • Manage information technology for the Coast Guard
  • Design, develop and support software and secure computer networks

National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security

The program of study for the Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Systems is designed around criteria defined by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (NSA/DHS CAE CDE). This designation is expected with the first cohort of graduates.

Cyber Systems Accreditation

The Cyber Systems major was offered for the first time to the Academy class matriculating in 2018. When these officers graduate in 2022, the Academy will seek accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the premier U.S. computing accreditation agency, under the Information Systems Computing criteria. Once earned, accreditation will be awarded retroactively to graduates.

Resources

Cyber Systems majors work with state-of-the-art computing hardware and software in top-of-the-line facilities with tremendous learning opportunities that include:

  • State of the art cyber lab and active learning classroom (2018)
  • Independent research and development enclave with dedicated servers and Internet access that allows for learning and research in such areas as:
    • Reverse engineering
    • Malware analysis
    • Network attack and defense
    • Industrial control systems
  • Capstone projects in cyber security, cyber-physical systems, cyber risk management, geo-spatial intelligence, space, secure software development, and computer and network security
  • Partnership with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, located in New London, Connecticut

Opportunities

Cadets have the following additional opportunities to develop cyber skills.

  • Interdisciplinary research and development opportunities jointly supported by the Engineering, Science, Humanities, Management, and Math Departments, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, and other government entities
  • Senior summer internships at the Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER), U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBER), and the National Security Agency (NSA), most requiring a security clearance
  • Cyber Team – a competition-based club focused on all aspects of cyber security, open to all cadets
  • Cyber Range – Mandatory junior summer experience for all cadets, to learn the key concepts and principles of cybersecurity

Contact Information

Cyber Systems
Paul CrillySection Chief(860) 701-6184[email protected]