Cyber-Defense and Information Security (BCJ)

Protecting America's Computer Systems And Infrastructure

As a Tiffin University graduate with a major in Cyber-Defense and Information Security, you will be part of the fastest-growing and most demanding aspect of the criminal justice and national security system. The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) Cyber-Defense and Information Security major is designed for students who are interested in managing and supporting information, computer, and network security operations. Unlike many programs which focus on the technical aspects of computer security, the TU major in Cyber-Defense and Information Security is focused on the investigative, policy, and programmatic aspects of this career.

A Strong Academic Foundation

This major is structured to focus on the investigative, policy, and programmatic aspects of cyber defense while still providing a strong foundation in the technical aspects of computer systems and cyber-defense for law enforcement or homeland security professionals. This allows them to interact effectively with the technical experts in computer sciences and cyber-defense, whether that be from a policy-making, investigatory, or crisis-management/consequence-management approach. Beginning with a firm foundation based on the Criminal Justice core, the major draws from, and builds upon, the Homeland Security and Terrorism curriculum, focusing on the specific threat of cyber-terrorism and cyber-based crimes.

Our Faculty: Working Professionals With Real-World Experience

Our Cyber-Defense and Information Security program offers students the unique opportunity to interact with working professionals from the field. Our faculty come from the fields of law enforcement, military, and intelligence, and bring to the classroom their professional practice experiences from working in both national and international field work. Additionally, the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development (ATIC-HCD) is partnering with Tiffin University to provide specialized education and training in a secure environment as well as assistance in obtaining internships with government offices and private-sector firms working in this highly sensitive field.

Our faculty’s professional practice experience offers you, the student, an innovative blend of theory and practice that is crucial for effective professional education. In addition, our faculty take you into the field and let you explore the correctional environment first-hand, which allows you to gain a better understanding of the classroom instruction.

What You Can Expect From Your TU Cyber-Defense and Information Security Degree:

  1. Graduates will develop critical thinking and analytical skills as they apply to research and practical application of knowledge.
  2. Graduates will be able to identify the Seven Layers of OSI.
  3. Graduates will be proficient in applying computer forensic tools to computer file systems for forensic analysis.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze information security network vulnerabilities and develop strategic solutions.

Your Cyber-Defense and Information Security Curriculum

Criminal Justice Core

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
JUS110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
JUS201 Criminal Law 3
JUS202 Criminal Procedures 3
JUS361 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
ENF293 Criminology 3
SCS300 Research Design (w) 3
SCS470 Internship I 3


Cyber-Defense Curriculum

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
CIS155 Operating Systems 3
CIS255 Internet and Website Development 3
ENF341 Survey of Computer Forensics 3
ENF348 Information Systems and Analysis for Criminal / Intelligence Analysts 3
JUS245 Legal Aspects of Computer Network Operations 3
ENF344 Information Security 3
POL151 Introduction to National Security Studies 3
POL425 Intelligence Analysis 3
ENF441 Counterintelligence/Counter-terrorism 3
POL491 Senior Seminar in Government and National Security(w) 3

Open Electives *

Course Number Course Credit Hour
CIS201 Programming (prerequisite) 3
CIS355 Spreadsheet Applications for Decision Making (prerequisite) 3
POL341 Covert Action and Intelligence (recommended) 3

* Note: It is likely that some of these courses may have a classified component requiring the student to obtain a U.S. security clearance. In all such cases, there will be an unclassified option to the course content made available to students who are unable or unwilling to obtain a security clearance and work in a classified setting, ensuring that the issue of a security clearance does not interfere with the student being able to successfully complete the major

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For more information about the BCJ Cyber-Defense and Information Security degree program, or the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, contact us at (419) 448-3292, or (800) 968-6446, ext. 3292.

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