The Next Generation of Cyber Defenders

White-hat hackers. Threat Analysts. Cryptologists. Develop your analytical skills while putting theory into practice with hands-on lab training built into every class period. You’ll study alongside seasoned professors and industry leaders, not teaching assistants. You’ll graduate with the knowledge, critical thinking nimbleness, and experience to thrive in the rapidly-changing world of cybersecurity.

Program Highlights:

  • The curriculum is developed with an advisory board comprising national cybersecurity firms, corporate data security departments, and a U.S. Government security agency
  • Your course work will prepare you to sit for CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) Certification
  • Our curriculum focus is on both theory and research
  • Avila’s faculty brings more than 40 years of academic and professional experience managing information systems for international organizations
  • Your courses cover both offensive and defensive cybersecurity tracks to help best prepare you for tomorrow’s security threats
  • You will have daily, hands-on lab training to analyze, test and detect malware using both static and dynamic analysis methods
  • The curriculum is designed to the specifications of the National Security Agency’s Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) and Cyber Defense
  • You will have access to cybersecurity virtual simulator
  • You’ll benefit from connections with hiring managers from Atos, Conduent, Intel, Dell, and others
  • Guaranteed research or internship experience opportunity as part of the Avila Promise

“We have designed the cybersecurity program to not only meet the current needs in the field, but to give our graduates the tools to adapt to a rapidly changing branch of our nation’s infrastructure. “

Khaled Alrawashdeh Ph.D.

Course Requirements

To receive the Bachelors of Science in Cybersecurity degree, you must complete the Avila core requirements along with the Cybersecurity Core Requirements which are as follows:

  • CS 116 Problem Solving with Algorithms (2)
  • CS 120 Intro to CS I (4)
  • CS 222 Data Structures (4)
  • CS 245 Assembly Language (3)
  • CS 315 Operating Systems (3)
  • CS 321 Networking (3)
  • CY 495 Internship (3)
  • CY 499 Capstone (3)
  • MA 120 College Algebra (3)
  • MA 230 Discrete Math (3)
  • CS 225 Secure Programming
  • CY 301 Intro to Cybersecurity
  • CY 305 Network Security
  • CY 310 Ethical Hacking
  • CY 320 Cellular and Mobile Security
  • CY 330 Internet/Intranet Firewalls and E-Commerce Security
  • CY 340 Principles of Cryptography
  • CY 350 Compliance and Evidence Handling
  • CY 360 Digital Forensics and Analysis
  • CY 370 Cloud Computing and Virtual Systems

Cybersecurity Faculty

Khaled Alrawashdeh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Cincinnati
  • IEEE conference and journal reviewer
  • IEEE Access and Springer’s Journal for the Frontiers of Information Technology and Electronic Engineering reviewer
  • Member of the International Workshop on Big Data Analytics for Cyber Intelligence and Defense (BDA4CID 2018, IEEE Big Data 2018)
  • 14 of years of professional experience in automation, cybersecurity, and computer networking

Bill Moran, Visiting Instructor of Computer Science and Software Engineering

  • 15 years of Ethical Hacking, including penetration testing for Sprint and Marion Labs

Patrick Kopp, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Member of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges
  • Research interests include robotics and web page design


Khaled Alrawashdeh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
P: 816-501-3786 / E:

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