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Establish, Operate and Defend

COMPUTER & NETWORK SECURITY

The Computer and Network Security major focuses on computer programming, embedded systems, networks, telecommunications, computer systems, computer investigations and cyber operations.

Computer and Network Security majors who become cyber operations officers will be able to:

  • Conduct offensive and defensive cyber operations
  • Establish and operate combat communications capabilities
  • Operate, maintain and defend computer and communications networks
  • Provide secure command and control capabilities
  • Contribute to the development and acquisition of new systems

Computer and Network Security majors who become pilots have greater insight into their aircraft and weapons systems which are highly dependent on software systems. They will have an in-depth knowledge of how cyberspace risks may impact mission capabilities. Previous programming experiences is neither assumed nor required to succeed in this program.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 17X – Cyber operations officer
  • 11X – Pilot
  • 14X – Intelligence
  • 71SX – Office of Special Investigations
  • 13X – Space and Missile Operations
Outside the Air Force
  • Network Administrator
  • IT Security Consultant

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Software Reverse Engineering
  • Cryptography
  • Computer and Network Forensics
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

Comp Sci 210

Poli Sci 211

Engr Mech 220

Econ 201

Physics 215

English 211

Comp Sci 223

ECE 281

Math 340

Law 220

Chem 200

MSS 200

Comp Sci 431

Comp Sci 467

ECE 382

Philos 310

Beh Sci 310

Biology 315

Comp Sci 364

Comp Sci 360

Comp Sci 483

ECE 315

History 300

Math 356

Comp Sci 426

Comp Sci 438

CNS Option

Aero Engr 315

MSS 415/416

Soc Sci 412

ECE 348

Acad Option CMS Option

S/T E/S Comp Sci 468

Astro Engr 310

English 411

Mgt 400

Computer and Network Security majors must take Introduction to Programming (Comp Sci 210) in the fall of their 3-degree year or validate the course.

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

 

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The Computer & Network Security  degree is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within two to five years after graduation:

  • Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to: rapidly acquire required knowledge, lead others effectively, apply ethical and moral standards, improve unit performance by application of organizational skills, make sound decisions based on critical thinking, communicate effectively
  • Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems
  • Success in continuing education

These objectives are assessed through Student Outcomes—the skills, knowledge and behaviors students should acquire before graduation. The outcomes for this program are:

Student Outcomes:

  • An ability to analyze a problem, and to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the discipline.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences about technical information
  • An ability to make informed judgements in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk, and produce deliverables.
  • An ability to apply security principles and practices to the environment, hardware, software, and human aspects of a system.
  • An ability to analyze and evaluate systems with respect to maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats.

The number of cadets graduated or enrolled in the Computer & Network Security major are listed, by class, below:

Computer & Network Security Enrollment Data
2014: 2015: 2016: 2017:
42 48
CONTACT US

Lt Col Chiaramonte, DFCS
Michael.Chiaramonte@usafa.edu
(719) 333-3590

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