Cybersecurity is a field of computer science, specializing in protecting computer systems from theft or damage to hardware, software, or data. It also includes protecting services from being disrupted or misdirected. As we continue to rely more and more on connected systems, not only networked computers, but also "smart" or Internet of Things (IoT) devices, we face a pressing need for individuals capable of building secure systems, detecting attacks, and responding to cyber events. Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field, currently facing a major shortcoming of capable individuals. The (ISC)2 2018 Cybersecurity Workforce Study found a global shortage of cybersecurity professionals of 2.93 million, and growing.


The Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee at Martin is committed to helping prepare students to face the challenge of secure computing. Starting Summer 2019 we will begin offering two introductory Cybersecurity courses, "Cyber Literacy" and "Cybersecurity Analyst Training". The "Cyber Literacy” course is designed for those with little to no cyber background, and is intended as an introduction to cyber terms and common attack vectors. The “Cybersecurity Analyst Training” course is designed for a more advanced student, with some background either in coursework or industry experience. It is designed to give the student hands on experience working with cyber incidents. The courses may be taken in sequence, or simultaneously, and mark the first computer science classes at Martin geared specifically towards cybersecurity.


These courses are open to all students currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee at Martin. For those interested in applying as a non-degree seeking student, please use the application form found here: Non-Degree Seeking Student Application.


CSCI 290 - Cyber Literacy

(3) An introduction to the basic terms and background needed for further cybersecurity study, intended for those with a less technical background. Identity Theft, Malware Attacks, Privacy Essentials, Social Engineering, Safe Browsing, Hardware Exploits.

CSCI 290 - Cybersecurity Analyst Training

(3) A hands-on introduction to the techniques and tools needed to detect and respond to cybersecurity threats. Virtual Machines, Data Tampering, Network Traffic Analysis, Threat Detection and Mitigation, Vulnerability Assessment. Prereq: Placement in OR completion of Cyber Literacy or CSCI 221 or equivalent coursework.

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