Bachelor of Arts

Cyber Security

Prevent. Protect. Respond. Get cutting-edge, real-life experience with TU’s cyber security program. Students perform security and vulnerability assessments for businesses, participate in hack-a-thons, conduct research and attend professional conferences. With hands-on learning and research opportunities, TU has placed interns at the FBI, NSA, United States Coast Guard Research and Development Center as well as the Center for Cyber Defense and Forensics.

The BA in Cyber Security is a course of study in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. It is intended to prepare students for employment in the private and public Cyber Security sector. While professional certification will not be the stated aim of the curriculum, after taking the core curriculum, students will be prepared to test for various common industry certifications, such as Security+, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), etc.


Tiffin University has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Tiffin University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through 2025. Tiffin University’s B.A. in Cybersecurity received the designation.

The NSA and DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program. The program’s goal is to promote higher education and research in cyber defense to produce professionals with cyber defense expertise.

 

CYBER SECURITY CORE

CDS152 Introduction to Cyber Defense .....................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS345 Cyber Law and Ethics......................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

POL151 Introduction to National Security Studies................................................................................................................................3 hours

POL313 American National Security Policy.............................................................................................................................................3 hours

Total........................................................................................................................................................................... 12 hours

 

MAJOR: CYBER SECURITY

CDS244 Cyber Security.....................................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS348 Incident Management.....................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS355 Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Analysis....................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS424 Applied Network Security..............................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS444 Wireless Security ............................................................................................................................................................................... 3 hours

CDS445 Cyber Warfare ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 3 hours

CDS491 Senior Seminar In Cyber Defense (w)........................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST155 Introduction to Operating Systems.............................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST201 Introduction to Programming.......................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST230 Networking Fundamentals ...........................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST280 Database I.............................................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST301 Advanced Programming Techniques ......................................................................................................................................... 3 hours

CST325 Linux.......................................................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST330 Network Infrastructures I ..............................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST412 IT Project Management .................................................................................................................................................................... 3 hours

POL225 Introduction to Intelligence Studies...........................................................................................................................................3 hours

SCS300 Research Design (w).........................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

SCS470 Internship..............................................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

Total...........................................................................................................................................................................54 hours

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

There are no related concentrations available

Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Analysis (CDS355) - This course will equip students to evaluate a network to discover potential security vulnerabilities and rectify those issues. Students will learn the most common security mistakes as well as the necessary corrective action, and will be able to probe networks to determine if any of those common vulnerabilities can be exploited. The roles, missions, and appropriate applications of Red Teams and Blue Teams will be discussed.

Information Security (CDS344) - This course will introduce information security as an essential component in our war against terrorism. All information must be secure or the probability of winning the war will be diminished. With advances in technology and software, cyber-terrorism has become very real. Computer hackers and terrorists can shut down our nation’s most critical infrastructures. There can be no doubt that cyber-terror can pose a very real threat to this nation’s security. Students will become familiar with the entire arena of information security.

Cyber Warfare (CDS445) - This course explores the past, current, and future threats of information warfare and cyber terrorism. It provides an overview of information warfare and cyber terrorism techniques and capabilities of state and non-state actors through case study analysis. An exploration of current and future technology and development of information warfare and cyber terrorism techniques is utilized to develop future threat matrices and countermeasures.

Incident Management (CDS348) - This course will train students in methods used to work through and recover from a network incident, be it the result of network failure, natural disaster, or cyber-attack. Course material will include the various Mission Assurance Levels used by major portions of the U.S. Government, as well as how to plan, conduct, and gather lessons-learned from war games where Intentional failures have been planned in as part of the exercise. Finally, the role that damage assessment plays in post-incident response/recovery will be emphasized.

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Incident Responder
  • Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • FBI
  • Forensics Computer Analyst
  • Intrusion Analyst
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Audit & Risk Management Specialist
  • Security Operations Center Analyst
  • Threat Hunter
  • United States Cyber Command
  • U.S. Department of Energy

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

  • Department of Homeland Security Agencies
  • Private Enterprise Providing Cyber Services
  • Department of Defense Agencies

Faculty

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olga_bertlesen

Olga Bertlesen

bertelseno@tiffin.edu
419.448.3321

Associate Professor of Global Security and Intelligence

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • B.A., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • M.D./D.D.S., State Medical University, Ukraine

Olga Bertlesen

Dr. Bertelsen joined Tiffin University in August 2021. Prior to that, she practiced medicine/dental surgery in Ukraine and, after earning her bachelor and doctoral degrees in History with the focus on Soviet/Russian history and intelligence at American and British universities, she conducted research and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on world history, international relations, and security and intelligence studies at Columbia University, the University of Toronto, Harvard University, New York University, the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, Arizona). 


With special interests in Ukrainian and Russian history and intelligence, her research focuses on political violence, bioterrorism, covert action, counterintelligence, and U.S. national and global security. Dr. Bertelsen is the author and editor of five books, and a great number of book chapters and articles that explore the issues of genocidal practices, state violence, U.S. national and global security, and Russian covert operations of ideological subversion. Her scholarship is grounded in empirical and archival research that she conducts in the United States and Europe, including the former KGB archives. Her most recent publications examine Russian covert operations in American academia and Russian disinformation campaigns. 


She is a recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards, and a speaker at various international conferences, forums, and assemblies, including the United Nations. She is a member of several professional associations, and is serving as a reviewer and member of editorial boards of several prestigious scholarly journals, including Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Ideology and Politics Journal, Scripta Historica, and Kyiv-Mohyla Arts and Humanities.


Dr. Bertelsen’s research and publications shaped the vector of her collaborative work with governmental and private intelligence agencies and her consulting activities that mainly focus on the Russian covert action and U.S. national security. She actively engages her students in her research and publication activities, and among her graduate students are individuals whom she helped receive prestigious national and international awards and grants, and who have been employed by the U.S. Department of State and think tanks in the United States, Geneva, Brussels, and Toronto.

 

Olga Bertlesen
Associate Professor of Global Security and Intelligence
Olga Bertlesen
Associate Professor of Global Security and Intelligence
Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen

Kevin Cashen

cashenk@tiffin.edu
(419) 448-3322

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies

NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., The Ohio State University
  • M.C.J., The University of Alabama
  • M.A., The Naval Postgraduate School

Kevin Cashen

Assistant Professor Kevin Cashen teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security and has actively been involved in online learning. Mr. Cashen earned a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) through the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Assistant Professor Cashen started his career in criminal justice as a correctional worker with the Lucas County Department of Work Release in 1983 and retired in August 2009 as the Chief of Police with the Norwalk Police Department. Mr. Cashen held various positions within the Norwalk Police Department to include patrol officer, detective, sergeant, captain, executive officer and chief. Assistant Professor Cashen attended the FBI National Academy and is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Assistant Professor Cashen is a member of various local and state boards and committees.

Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

EllisLK@tiffin.edu
419-448-3051

Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice

Department Chair, Criminal Justice

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.C.J., Tiffin University
  • M.S., Tiffin University
  • Ph.D., in Public Policy and Administration, Walden University

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lacy Ellis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University focusing her studies on women in law enforcement. Dr. Ellis comes to Tiffin University with previous teaching experience in both online, hybrid, and traditional seated classes.

Before pursuing academics, Dr. Ellis received her OPOTA Certification and served in a variety of positions within the criminal justice community. She started her career as an undercover narcotics agent working cases from street level to deep cover operations. She served as an intelligence specialist, training at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, receiving the Federal Law Enforcement Analytical Training Certification. She also has experience in death investigation working as an investigator for Wayne County Coroner's Office. Dr. Ellis currently holds her commission with a local Sheriff’s Office. She is an ALICE Certified Instructor and conducts trainings for Active Shooter Response.

Dr. Ellis is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society for Public Administration. Her research interests include the psychological effects of law enforcement, gender studies in law enforcement, motherhood and policy, active shooter response, and physical fitness. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Charles, also in law enforcement, and their three children, Hunter, Olivia and Rayne.

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

PirainoP@tiffin.edu
419-448-3395

Interim Vice Provost, Dean, School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences

Department Chair Criminal Justice Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University
  • M.A., Governors State University
  • B.S., Western Illinois University

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

Pete Piraino joined Tiffin University as a full-time Instructor in January, 2012. Professor Piraino teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, he served at Tiffin as an adjunct instructor for three years.

Professor Piraino recently retired from the United States Secret Service, as Resident Agent in Charge of its Toledo Resident Office, overseeing Secret Service operations for the 21 counties of Northwest Ohio. Throughout his 23-year career with the Secret Service, he served in a variety of protective and investigative assignments that have taken him to over 40 countries on six continents.

Some of his managerial assignments in the Secret Service included positions in the Vice Presidential Protective Division in Washington, D.C. under then Vice President Cheney, as Protective Detail Leader for Mary Cheney, the daughter of the Vice President, and in the Intelligence Division. Professor Piraino also served in the Secret Service's Presidential Protective Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

Prior to his 12-year assignment in Washington, D.C., Professor Piraino served as Special Agent in the Chicago Field Office of the Secret Service investigating a variety of federal criminal violations including counterfeit currency, financial fraud, and threats against Secret Service protected persons. While assigned to the Chicago Field Office, he served as a supervisor on a year-long multi-agency undercover task force investigating USDA food stamp fraud throughout the Chicago area.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Professor Piraino was a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) investigating arson for profit and federal firearms violations. Prior to that, he was a police officer in suburban Chicago for eight years.

Professor Piraino received a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. Professor Piraino earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations throughout his 33 years as a sworn law enforcement officer.

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Provost, Dean, School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Provost, Dean, School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
Ali Yurekli
Ali Yurekli

Ali I. Yurekli, Ph.D.

yurekliai@tiffin.edu
419-448-3294

Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • BSc in Physics, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Ali I. Yurekli, Ph.D.

Dr. Yurekli has been working in the information security field since late 1990’s. He has taken research, consulting and management roles at Informatics and Information Security Research Center, which is the national technical authority in Turkey for development and testing of information and communications security systems. He has then acted as Information Security Coordinator at OCCAR A400M Military Transport Aircraft Programme Division in Toulouse, France for nearly five years. His latest assignment before joining Tiffin University was Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at MPACT (Mobile, Pervasive and Autonomous Communication Technologies) and ADWISE (Advanced Wireless and Security) Labs at Florida International University. He has also taught information security and telecommunication networks courses in Florida.

Dr. Yurekli holds (isc)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System Lead Auditor, British Computer Society Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP) and ACUE Certificate in Effective Instruction credentials. Dr. Yurekli is a member of ISACA, (isc)2 and IEEE Computer Society.

Dr. Yurekli has received all his degrees, i.e. BSc in Physics, MSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering, from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Ali I. Yurekli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
Ali I. Yurekli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

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