The Department of Computer and Information Sciences started one of the first undergraduate cybersecurity programs in the nation and the first in Maryland.
The National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security designated Towson University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education in 2002 and in Cyber Operations in 2013. TU is one of only 19 institutions in the nation to receive the NSA/DHS Cyber Operations designation. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has accredited Towson University’s cyber operations track in the computer science B.S. degree program until 2024. This makes our program one of the first four ABET accredited cybersecurity programs.
The department has received cybersecurity grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Army Research Lab and several other federal and State agencies. From our award-winning Cyber Defense team to our CyberCorps scholarships for cybersecurity students and our cybersecurity programs available at the undergraduate and graduate levels, Towson University allows you to receive the education you need to succeed in the field.
We have four programs exclusively focused on cybersecurity (PDF brochure):
All students in the department are in an environment that provides extra-curricular opportunities in cybersecurity. We have monthly cybersecurity seminars with invited speakers from industry and government, an active Cyber Defense Club, and a Cyber Defense Team that has been ranked first in mid-atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions (CCDC - 2010, 2012, 2014) and ranked at the national CCDC.
Faculty at Towson are working on cutting-edge federally funded cybersecurity research on the smart grid, wireless networks, cyber-physical systems, and social networks. Towson also excels at pedagogical cyber research, the Security Injections@Towson project has engaged hundreds of instructors and thousands of students. One of the first textbooks in Cyber Operations (APress) was written by a Towson faculty.
Our undergraduate cyber operations track was the first in the state of Maryland. Secure Programming Logic Aimed at Highschool (SPLASH) offers an introductory programming logic class to high-school girls. The Cyber4All project is aimed at designing a cybersecurity minor targetted at majors across the institution. Our faculty are involved in national efforts to further cybersecurity education like the ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education and the C5 project aimed at supporting the CAE2Y program and including cybersecurity in the new Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) exam.