Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) addresses security concerns for cyber physical
systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. CPS and IoT play an increasingly
important role in critical infrastructure, government, and everyday life. Automobiles,
medical devices, building controls, and the smart grid are examples of CPS. Each includes
smart networked systems with embedded sensors, processors, and actuators that sense
and interact with the physical world and support real-time, guaranteed performance
in safety-critical applications.
The B.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering prepares engineers to be cybersecurity professionals
with the knowledge, skills, and ability to conceptualize, design, engineer, and implement
all components of a cyber-physical, network system. The program encompasses computer
engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, engineering, science, and mathematics.
Graduates with this degree will be valuable in government, military, and private sector,
and will have a solid foundation to pursue advanced study in computer science, or
electrical, computer, or cybersecurity engineering at the graduate level.
Students are educated in the fundamental core of cybersecurity engineering of cyber
physical systems and its cutting-edge, high-impact areas focusing on industrial plans,
smart grid, and hardware security.
Solving Real-World Problems
If you embrace academic challenges and want to solve real-world problems, cybersecurity
engineering will help create a world of expanded cybersecurity through hardware, software,
networking, and human interfaces of cyber-physical systems.
Concentrations in Cybersecurity Engineering
Cybersecurity Engineering Topics
Students can design their own four-course concentration within the major based
on their personal academic and professional pursuits. This unique combination of courses
works in concert with other co- and extra-curricular activities, including research
experiences, internships, and a wide variety of opportunities in our student organizations.
Cybersecurity Engineering Topics offers students the flexibility in curriculum choices
to grow with their changing interests as they look forward to graduation, graduate
school, and their professional endeavors.
Hardware security involves hardware design, access control, secure multi-party computation,
secure key storage, ensuring code authenticity, and measures to ensure that the components
and the systems that built the product are secure, among other things.
This concentration prepares students in the fundamentals of hardware security, the
different security threats across both circuit and microarchitecture levels in the
modern electronic hardware designs, and different hardware security methods. Students
will gain in-depth knowledge by applying the theoretical concepts on practical case
studies through project-based curriculum.
Cryptographic HardwareHardware Design with FPGA and Reconfigurable ComputingDigital Electronics
Industrial Systems Security
Industrial Control Systems (ICS) usually adopt Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
(SCADA) systems, Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and other control system configurations
such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), while addressing their unique performance,
reliability, and safety requirements. Industrial Control Systems (ICS) support critical
infrastructure, and the need for security within these systems is critical.
This concentration provides students valuable insights into the necessity and structure
of ICS Security concepts, standards, regulations, and frameworks.
Control TheoryCyber Physical TheoryHigh Fidelity Acquisition
The smart grid is a digital infrastructure that sits on top of the already existing
electrical grid. This serves to monitor grid conditions and energy consumption and
generation, as well as automate many of its operations. The Smart Grid allows operators
to be proactive in the detection of generation, transmission, and distribution problems
to isolate the problem areas, and to prevent cascading power outages. The smart grid
consists of power and power electronics systems and components, telecommunication
systems, and common operating systems. The smart grid is therefore exposed to several
types of risks, including the typical risks listed below.
This concentration covers an overview of smart grid infrastructure, and management
policy, including the integration of renewable resources, electricity market, demand-side
management, and privacy.
Power SystemsSmart GridsRenewable Energy SystemsPower Electronics
Careers in Cybersecurity Engineering
Cybersecurity is a national security issue and an economic concern for Florida and
the United States. As more industrial equipment and processes rely on computer-based,
remotely controlled systems, such as autonomous vehicles and smart grids, their secure
operation is important. Nationwide, demand is growing for engineering jobs, especially
in cyber-physical security, and ABET has responded by developing accreditation standards
that articulate industry expectations and requirements associated with the broad field
of cybersecurity, both software and hardware systems. According to the Occupational
Outlook Handbook of the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for jobs in security
is growing 28% faster ("much faster") than average.
Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32% from 2018 to
2028, a much higher rate than most occupations. Higher growth is expected in such
Computer and Information Systems Management
Information Security Analysis
Network and Computer Systems Administration
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay of an information
security analyst is $97,300.