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Cybersecurity faculty: Dr. Alrawashdeh, Assistant Professor Pat Kopp, and Instructor Bill Moran

Major | Cybersecurity

At Avila, we’re preparing 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:

“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.

“We’re focused on developing our students’ analytical skills in tandem with hands-on training to make sure they not only have a job out of college but a career.”

  • 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

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 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 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

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Fast Facts

$57B-$109B – Estimated cost to the U.S. economy due to malicious cyber-attacks in 2016

$98k – Median pay for Information Security Analysts in the United States<

32% - Projected growth rate of employment of information security analysts from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations

24/7 – At Avila, you'll have access to cybersecurity virtual simulator

0 – Number of teaching and graduate assistants teaching your courses at Avila

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  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • Up to $1,000 Travel Award


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