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Cybersecurity Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 43.0404 Cybersecurity Defense Strategy/Policy)

Department of Computer Science

University at Buffalo
338 Davis Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Shelly Neumaier
Academic Coordinator

Department of Management Science and Systems

Office of Undergraduate Programs
204 Alfiero Center
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Deidre Marriner
Director of Undergraduate Programs and Student Services

BobbyJo LaDelfa
Associate Dean

David Murray
Faculty Director, Undergraduate Program

Associated Programs

Why study Cybersecurity Minor at UB?

The expansion of opportunities for securing healthcare, transportation systems, power grids, financial institutions and the myriad national assets in the public and private sectors have increased the potential career opportunities for students across many fields of engineering and business. This minor will complement a student’s current major by providing depth in the area of cybersecurity and associated applications.

Learning Outcomes

The objective of the program is to provide students with depth of knowledge in methods and technologies related to cybersecurity fundamentals and applications and the opportunity to apply these methods and technologies firsthand.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify and evaluate cybersecurity risks and develop and implement appropriate solutions for those risks.

2. Explain why certain tools for penetration testing and security hardening are the most appropriate choices for use in a given environment.

3. Use penetration testing tools to identify potential weaknesses and use security hardening tools to address known weaknesses.

4. Identify and apply the principles, methods, and practices of cybersecurity in multiple domains, including operating systems, networks, and software.

5. Effectively recognize and communicate potential ethical issues related to cybersecurity systems, solutions, and technology to both technical and non-technical audiences

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers 11 engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, engineering science, environmental, industrial, material science, and mechanical engineering.

Seven combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. BS/MS degrees are offered through the Departments of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics. A BS degree in bioinformatics and computational biology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences. Minors are offered in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing, Robotics, Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineering, Operations Research, and Quality Engineering. Additionally, a certificate is offered in Data Intensive Computing. The Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) has the only joint-accelerated Chemistry BS/MDI MS program in the nation, which allows students to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in less than five years.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

About Our Faculty

The faculty members of the department, all of whom have national and international reputations in their fields, are involved in research projects that have a variety of special contracts. Many have also received research funding from corporations such as Cisco, Google, IBM, Intel, Kodak, Microsoft, Nokia and Xerox.

These projects include research in:

•    algorithms and theory
•    augmentative technology for the handicapped
•    computer networks and distributed systems
•    computer security and information assurance
•    computer vision and information visualization
•    data integration and databases
•    high performance and grid computing
•    cyber infrastructure and computational science
•    knowledge representation
•    computational linguistics
•    medical applications and bioinformatics
•    human computer interaction
•    wireless computing
•    multimedia databases and informational retrieval
•    pattern recognition
•    machine learning
•    data mining
•    programming languages and software systems
•    embedded systems
•    VLSI
•    computer architecture

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Computer Science department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

There is an increased international, national, and local (NYS and Western NY) interest in the field of cybersecurity. There has never been a more appropriate time to look at the ways to protect the privacy of individuals and organizational assets and secure the nation’s critical infrastructures in the wake of the seemingly daily breaches and attacks faced by both the public and private sectors. Employment opportunities include: security analyst, software security engineer, security architect, security crime investigator, digital forensics expert, penetration tester, and cybersecurity manager. The minor enhances our graduates’ knowledge of cybersecurity and expands their comprehensive cognizance of cyberspace. Such an ability will increase their opportunity to obtain an occupation in several technical fields and industries.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education
410 Bonner Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1900
Phone: 716-645-2774
Web: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Website

Computer Science and Engineering
Shelly Neumaier
Undergraduate Academic Coordinator
338O Davis Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1900
Phone 716-645-4746

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.

View School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships

All scholarships are currently offered through UB's scholarship portal

Associated Programs

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:49