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Cyber Systems

Cyber Systems majors acquire a multidisciplinary foundation in information systems 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 computing technologies in the operational domain in order to:

  • Design and develop software and secure computer networks
  • Defend Coast Guard and governmental systems
  • Conduct Coast Guard missions
  • Protect critical national infrastructure from cyber attack
  • Manage information technology for the Coast Guard
  • Solve real-world problems

National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security

The curriculum of study for the Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Systems is designed so graduates earn the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security Center of Academic Excellence Cyber Defense Education (NSA/DHS CAE CDE) designation. Within the plan of study are three major area electives and two free electives.

  • An understanding of a systems approach and fluency with information systems are at the core of the major
  • Research and capstone areas include such diverse fields as cyber security, cyber-physical systems, cyber risk management, geo-spatial intelligence, secure software development, and computer and network security

Cyber Systems Accreditation

The Cyber Systems major will be 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 that include:

  • New cyber lab and active learning classroom
  • 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
  • Interdisciplinary research and development opportunities jointly supported by the Science Department, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, and other government entities
  • Internships with federal agencies
  • Cyber Team – a competition-based club focused on network defense
  • Partnership with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, located in New London, Connecticut

Contact Information

Cyber Systems
CDR Kelly SealsSection Chief(860) 444-8541Kelly.C.Seals@uscga.edu