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Information Technology for Cyber Security at Governors State University

Daily cyber security threats are a challenge to both public and private sectors. This growing field is in high demand for talented cybersecurity professionals who are driven by the interesting, challenging, and meaningful work that a cyber defense career can provide. Due to this continued need Governors State University developed its bachelors degree of science in Information Technology with a focus on security.

Governors State University is committed to offering an exceptional and accessible education that prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed in a global society

Bachelors of Science in Information Technology

Understanding the continued importance in the field of cyber security in our courses, our program will equip students with a strong understanding of security as their base and apply this knowledge to support information infrastructures and provide support for cybersecurity career paths. In other words, the program is designed to prepare students to plan, implement, configure, and secure information systems.

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What will I learn?

We educate our students on skills based on the fundamental knowledge and allow them to pursue their career in one of the three concentrations:Infrastructure Management, Network Administration or Cyber Security. We achieve this by focusing on the following methods.

  • Learn through abstraction and work effectively
    • Developing expertise in both theory and practice;
    • Focusing on the conceptual process of how to complete required tasks.
    • Evaluating current technology on how to address problems methodically.
  • Utilize information technologies for problem-solving and life-long learning
    • Analyzing issues by following industry best practices.
    • Applying solutions to challenges creatively and effectively;
    • Designing policies and procedures to mitigate future issues.
  • Collaborate effectively in teams
    • Working on enhancing students’ soft skills while expanding their communication abilities and team collaboration;
    • Facilitating course projects where students need to leverage their team members’ strengths to solve relatable issues.

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What can I do when I graduate?

The success of GSU’s baccalaureate-level program continues to evolve. Since the launch of GSU’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, there has been an increase in GSU students hired by organizations such as Amazon, Google, IBM, Accenture, and Cisco. 

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Prospective students who successfully earn our bachelor’s degree in Information Technology can look at the following career opportunities.

Information Security Specialist

  • Developing audits for systems to ensure effective security and protection from potential attacks

Penetration Tester

  • Preform approved attacks on systems looking for exploits to enhance their security

Security Engineer

  • Implement and monitor network security protocols

Security Architect (IT)

  • Maintaining the overall security parameters of a network’s infrastructure

Network Administrator

  • Deals with the real-time management of a network focusing on its continued continuity

Incident Analysts

  • Investigates cybersecurity or computer-network related incidents

Cyber Security Analyst

  • Develop procedures to protect company hardware and software assets
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 Instructor Rich Manprisio with class of cybersecurity students


Rich Manprisio, MPM, PMP


Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator

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