Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity

A major in the Computer and Information Technology Program

Keeping data secure is an important goal of any good IT system. Once a system has been breached, personal, financial or classified data becomes vulnerable to exploitation. When you major in cybersecurity at Purdue University, you will learn the skills to create and maintain secure networks as well as ways to track down hackers who aim to breach that security.

The demand for professionals with cybersecurity skills is high, and it will continue to grow as more companies and industries work to safeguard their records and their reputations. The cybersecurity plan of study at Purdue will be able to help meet this need by providing a comprehensive IT education that also emphasizes key security concepts. The major’s holistic approach combines skills such as secure coding, cryptography, digital forensics and UNIX fundamentals with analytical thinking and criminology.

You will have plenty of opportunity for hands-on projects. Whether you are testing vulnerabilities or creating a new security protocol, you will put theories into practice daily. Because of industry partnerships, you will have access to internships that will put your cybersecurity knowledge to use quickly. 

Diana McKenzie Alumni Profile
The CPT program provided me with the skills to make an immediate contribution to my employer, along with exposure to techniques and concepts that had not yet made it into corporate America. As a result, I had an opportunity to dem onstrate leadership and influence early in my career.
Diana McKenzie
Computer and Information Technology '86