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2019-2020 Academic Catalogue 
2019-2020 Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity Minor

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This minor can be declared through the Department of Computer and Information Sciences .

Director: COL Mohamed Eltoweissy (X7939, eltoweissymy@vmi.edu)


Cadets in ALL VMI academic departments

Admission Requirements

The Minor in Cybersecurity requires a 3.0 GPA for admission.

Good Standing Requirement

Cadets must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the minor program throughout their course of study.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of cyber security, ethics and resilience concepts as transdisciplinary, with an understanding of major technical, management, legal, regulatory, and compliance frameworks
  2. Describe major components of primary cyber security and cyber resilience systems/components for the prevention, detection, response and resilience to cyber attacks
  3. Describe ethical components of decision-making in cyber and cyber security practices and applications
  4. Analyze cyber-enabled systems as pertaining to vulnerabilities, threats, risks and resilience
  5. Analyze behaviors in cyberspace, and identify potential ethical conflicts and means for their resolution
  6. Develop an artifact assimilating knowledge of technical, management and behavioral aspects in securing cyber-enabled systems
  7. Demonstrate good written and oral technical communication skills

Course Requirements

21 Credits total plus practicum

• 9 core credits [No prerequisite courses (beyond the VMI core) are required for any of the core courses]

Cyber Systems, Security, and Resilience

Behavior and Ethics

• 12 elective credits chosen from among two of the following tracks (the reason for restricting the electives to two tracks is to provide adequate depth):

Technical Track

Humanistic and Social Studies Track

Critical Infrastructure Track

*Under Development

• No more than three elective courses in any one track

• At least 15 credits outside the major


  • Must be pre-approved by the minor coordinator
  • Must address issues related to security, ethics and resilience

  • Requires a final report and presentation
  • May include, but not limited to, any of the following:

        Capstone project


        Summer research project

        Community and/or professional service (minimum 40 hours)

Suggested Sample Projects for CySec

  1. Exploting and developing solutions for critical infrastructure security
  2. Nature-inspired cyber security solutions
  3. Modeling and analysis of secure enterprise information systems
  4. Evaluation of cryptographic algorithms
  5. Designing a platform for cyber competitions
  6. Privacy-preserving healthcare management systems
  7. Exploration of relevant policies such as HIPPA, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc.
  8. Design and analysis of attacker-defender games
  9. Cloud computing platforms for cyber resilience
  10. Exploring the tension between security and privacy

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