Center for Cybersecurity

The AU Center for Cybersecurity trains students to meet the unique demands of today’s cybersecurity industry. The center gives you the freedom to choose a degree track that focuses solely on cybersecurity or adds specializations in one of three areas: analytics, criminal justice or mathematics. The center’s structure frees you to find your personal approach to an industry the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts will be among the fastest-growing fields in the next 10 years. You will enter the cybersecurity workforce as a valuable asset to organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Armed Forces, private companies, and local- and state-level government organizations that are building their cybersecurity workforce.

Center for Cybersecurity Degree Programs and Certifications

Cybersecurity Careers

Each degree program equips you with a skill set that opens up positions at private, public and federal organizations. Your career paths could include:

  • Cryptographer
  • Security analyst
  • Security threat hunting
  • Digital forensics specialist
  • Ethical hacker
  • Network security
  • Cloud Security specialist
  • Security Analytics specialist
  • Financial crimes investigation
  • Penetration tester
  • Security auditor
  • Security consultant

Industries that hire cybersecurity pros include finance, banking, retail, healthcare, law enforcement, military/defense, technology, public utilities, hospitality, consulting and others.

Center for Cybersecurity Faculty

When you enter AU’s cybersecurity programs, you’ll find that your professors aren’t just talking about cybersecurity theory; they’ve lived it. Center for Cybersecurity faculty members, such as program Director Dr. Kenneth J. Knapp, boast careers in the military, experience as security leaders in industry  and hold invaluable certifications shared by many of the industry’s best, such as the CISSP, CCSP and CEH. Small class sizes and a lab devoted to cybersecurity students give you concentrated, personal time with your professors.

Cybersecurity Minor and Professional Certificate

The center offers an 18-credit hour cybersecurity minor that complements your interest in cybersecurity amid plans to complete a major in a different department. For example, you could add a cybersecurity minor to your business major to give you flexibility for future job openings and career choices. As a cybersecurity minor, you’ll take cybersecurity  classes along with students enrolled in the cybersecurity degree program. 

If you’re already in the IT or coding workforce and are looking for a way to enhance your resume, a cybersecurity professional certificate includes the same courses as the department’s cybersecurity minor. Many of the cybersecurity classes are also offered online, allowing a student to complete the professional certificate without needing to drive to campus.

Cybersecurity Club

Anderson’s Cybersecurity Club enables you to interact with other students in the cybersecurity major and minor programs. The club is student-led but has oversight from faculty. Club meetings give you time to ask questions to students further along in the program, give advice to new students, and hear compelling presentations from industry professionals.

To learn more about the Center for Cybersecurity, contact the director, Dr. Kenneth Knapp, at