Cyber Security Concentration

You’ve read the headlines about online hackers. Now that devices outnumber people globally, it’s increasingly challenging to keep personal and business data safe. But you can be part of the solution!

As a student in our cyber security concentration, an area of study within our computer science major, you’ll learn how to protect computer and data systems from these malicious attacks.

In an age with increasing dependence on the internet for commerce, the world needs individuals with the skills to combat hackers. Millions of messages, data files and transactions flow through business networks and across the internet each day, collectively driving the U.S. economy.

Our nation’s dependence on this vast electronic infrastructure is unquestioned, and few businesses can survive without safe networks and reliable internet access. Every company is increasingly at risk from cyber attacks.

Alignment with National Requirements

George Fox is one of only a handful of private schools in Oregon that offer a cyber security course of study. The goal of the program is to align with requirements for designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations – a certification of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service.

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Why Study Cyber Security at George Fox?

Cyber Security classroom

What will I Study?

The Cyber Security concentration utilizes the computer science foundation while applying the principles of computer and network security, including social engineering, vulnerability analysis, cyber defense, and secure application development. Your course of study will cover:

  • Computer and network security
  • Threat and vulnerability analysis
  • Ethical hacking and penetration testing
  • Cyber attacks and defense
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Keiko Neufeld

Keiko Neufeld

I not only had a good foundation in the fundamental CS concepts, but I also had exposure to multiple languages and technologies that made me flexible and helped me adapt to whatever technology I was working with. In addition to technical skills, I was also able to work on soft skills that proved to be incredibly valuable after graduation. Group projects like Servant Engineering and Senior Design gave me experience with tasks like managing client expectations and requirements, peer evaluations, and working with a team that helped prepare me for post-graduation.

What’s after George Fox

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add more than 500,000 new jobs, in part due to a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, more everyday items becoming connected to the internet in what is commonly referred to as the “Internet of things,” and the continued demand for mobile computing.

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  • Security Analyst, Nike
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  • Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
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  • Senior Software Engineer, GE
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  • Manager of Language Modeling Research, Nuance Communication
  • Programmer Analyst, Boeing
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Lydia Taw

Lydia Taw's journey from 'ground zero' to Amazon

As a sophomore with no coding experience, Lydia Taw decided to change her major after struggling with a Data Structures course, known by computer science students as the “weed-out class.”

“I got about halfway through that class and I was like, ‘Everybody knows more than I do. I have no coding experience whatsoever. I’m obviously not smart enough to be in this field,’” Taw recalls.

She dropped the class and the major, but her professors wouldn’t have it.

“They encouraged me to look beyond what I thought I was capable of,” she says. “They literally took me from ground zero to Amazon. My professors played a major role in helping me believe in my ability to do this and developing my confidence.