Academics

GCI is home to leading programs in cybersecurity education. Whether you want to pursue a BS or MS, earn an Advanced Certificate and gain new skills, or complete our RITx MicroMasters from anywhere in the world, we offer myriad options for your education.

Cybersecurity Degree Programs

Preserve information assets, identify computer security vulnerabilities, and understand the forensics needed to prove an attack occurred, from identifying its origin and assessing the extent of the damage to designing strategies that ensure data recovery.

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Develop a solid foundation in cyber security as you understand how integrated systems are designed and developed, and the leadership skills that are paramount for guiding an industry that’s still exploring its role and impact in society.

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Develop a strong foundation in cyber security in order to create secure network environments.

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With the prevalence of mobile computing, the advantages of cloud computing, the ubiquity of computing in general, and the issues of securing big data caused by the world-wide explosion of eBusiness and eCommerce today, secure computing environments and appropriate information management have become critical issues to all sizes and types of organizations. Therefore, there is a vital and growing need for all computing professionals to have a foundation in the issues critical to information security and how they apply to their specific disciplines. The minor consists of two required courses and three electives chosen by the student from the computing security advanced course clusters. There are many elective course choices to provide flexibility. Therefore, the minor provides any computing major outside of the computing security degree program with basic knowledge of the issues and technologies associated with computing security and allows students the opportunity to select a set of security electives that are complementary to their majors. Before beginning the minor in students must possess prerequisite knowledge that can be obtained from various programming sequences and courses in calculus and discrete math.

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With the prevalence of data breaches and cyber-attacks, securing intellectual properties and customer’s personally identifiable information has become increasingly challenging in business, government, and academia. It is commonly recognized that a key factor for having a cyber-secured environment and operations is well-trained employees with good cyber hygiene. A small human error may lead to a disastrous cyber incident. The cybersecurity risk management minor is designed for students in non-computing majors who are interested in learning about cybersecurity and developing the knowledge and skills to support organizations in their efforts to protect their computing and informational resources. Students learn the basics of computing and cybersecurity and then gain knowledge and practice in cybersecurity policy and law, risk management, and business continuity plans in the event of a cybersecurity attack.

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Gain the essential knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics needed for cybersecurity in enterprise environments.

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Non-Degree and Certificate Programs

The GCI Cybersecurity Bootcamp is a 15 week, hands-on, immersive cybersecurity experience focused on getting those with little to no IT experience the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in entry-level cybersecurity roles.

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The Cyber Range will offer a wide range of training opportunities for students and industry including IoT Sensor Security, Cloud Security, and more.

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Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition

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The Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) provides a vehicle for up and coming cybersecurity student teams to build and hone the skills required to effectively discover, triage, and mitigate critical security vulnerabilities. This competition is unique in offering a simulated environment that mimics real-world networks. The competition focuses on improving the security posture of a fictitious organization and reporting on risks in a manner that is similar to a real professional environment.

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GenCyber Summer Camp Program

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This free summer program for middle and high school students aims to increase interest in careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation and improve teaching methods in K-12 curriculum. It also helps students understand correct and safe online behavior, including how they can be good digital citizens.

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Scholarships and Assistantships

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RIT offers two scholarship programs to increase and strengthen the nation’s top cyber talent, as well as graduate assistantships for students with strong academic, interpersonal and technical skills.