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Bachelor of Science

Cybersecurity Engineering

Concentrations

Bachelor of Science Cybersecurity Engineering

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.

Program Highlights

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. 
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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
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
Hardware Security
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.
Interest Areas
Cryptographic HardwareHardware Design with FPGA and Reconfigurable ComputingDigital Electronics
 Industrial Control Systems Security
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.
Interest Areas
Control TheoryCyber Physical TheoryHigh Fidelity Acquisition
Industrial Control Systems Security
Smart-Grid Security
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. 
Interest Areas
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.
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Job Growth

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 areas as:

  • Computer and Information Systems Management
  • Information Security Analysis
  • Database Administration
  • Network and Computer Systems Administration
  • Emergency Management
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Salary Ranges

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay of an information security analyst is $97,300.

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Make Your Passion a Career

We're here to give you the resources to land your dream internship, work alongside faculty in groundbreaking research, and to develop leadership skills to stand out in the workplace.  
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Internships are an important part of setting up you up for success after college and are a requirement for you to graduate. 
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Conduct research along side faculty that is improving lives and changing businesses, with impact ranging from local Lakeland community to the outer-reaches of space. 
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We understand the importance of feeling prepared, and we are committed to your success here and beyond. That's why we have resources to support you in your continued career development.

Get Involved Outside the Classroom

We have an active student organization community with more than 35 clubs that vary based on specific academic interests, professional development, and activities just for fun. 
Cybersecurity Club
The Cybersecurity Club is a collective of Florida Poly students who want to learn both offensive and defensive cybersecurity and covers a broad range of topics relating to cybersecurity.

Program Requirements

Your future as a trusted professional and confident problem solver begins with some essential skills. Your General Education courses give you:

  • Critical Thinking Skills…so that you can both make and follow a reasoned argument and develop habits of organized thinking and rational analysis.
  • Communication Skills…so that you can translate thoughts into words (spoken and written) and make the complex simple.
  • Exposure to Arts/Humanities and Social/Behavioral Sciences … so that you see all problems in their larger human context.
  • Mathematical Reasoning…so that you find and follow the quantitative thread connecting all scientific inquiry.
  • Scientific Reasoning…so that you can apply the scientific method to phenomenon big and small.

Your B.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering requires 120 credits — typically 15 credits across eight semesters. You will complete 12 general education credits (Arts/Humanities and Social Science).

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