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Cyber, System and Network Security and Forensics

Cyber, System and Network Security and Forensics at Illinois Tech

Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) offers undergraduate, graduate and certificates in Chicago, Wheaton and online that are cross-disciplinary and include technology, management, compliance and legal issues.

The Cyber Forensics and Security degree and Network Security degrees are designed to help students and experienced information technology professionals become cyber security and forensics practitioners, investigators, managers and leaders.

Whether you are pursuing a network security bachelor’s degree, cyber security master’s degree or certificate, the courses will enhance your technology skills, prepare you for leadership and management, and provide you with a better understanding of policy issues related to information systems and networks.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have designated Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. 

What Will I Learn?

The bachelor, master and certificate curriculum emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of issues such as information security; information assurance; ethical hacking; vulnerability analysis and control; coding security; securing databases; steganography; mobile device forensics; operating system security; business continuity response; disaster recovery; legal and ethical issues; auditing; evidence; intrusion detection; and forensic tools and techniques used to investigate and analyze network-related incidents and preserve digital evidence.


There is a critical need in both the government and private sectors for professionals equipped to prevent, counteract and investigate cybercrimes and information security breaches. According to Bloomberg*, the average cost of security breaches in the U.S. is 7.2 million dollars per incident. Gartner** studies show the average enterprise spends 5.6% of their IT budget on information security, making this a nearly $1 trillion a year industry. The need for educated professionals in this field is clearly spelled out in documents such as the
U.S. Committee on National Security Systems Directive No. 500 Information Assurance (IA) Education, Training, and Awareness which mandates information assurance education for the professionals necessary to ensure the development and implementation of a comprehensive approach for the protection of U.S. Government national security systems and the information they store, process, or transmit.

Career Outlook

A degree in Information Technology and Management with a specialization in IT Management, Entrepreneurship & Leadership provides you with knowledge and skills that qualifies you for a variety of careers in the Information Technology field.

  • Information Security Officer
  • Security Manager
  • Security Administrator
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Computer Forensic Examiner
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Vulnerability Researcher/ Exploit Developer

This is a list of actual Information Technology positions that you may obtain as a result of completing your degree. This list is not comprehensive, and is not a guarantee of employment, but is meant to introduce you to the variety of possible career choices available to ITM degree graduates.

Students from this program are highly recruited by private and public sectors.





Popular Courses in Cyber, System and Network Security and Forensics

ITMS 518 Coding Security
ITMS 528 Database Security
ITMS 538 Cyber Forensics
ITMS 539 Steganography
ITMS 543 Vulnerability Analysis and Control


Courses are offered by IIT’s School of Applied Technology and IIT Chicago-Kent College of
Law and are taught by experts in the field with significant academic knowledge and years of
experience in the information security and forensics realm in both industry and government



Cyber Security and Forensics Resources


The Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education (C2SAFE) is a multi- disciplinary center that promotes and supports education and research in cyber security technologies and management, information assurance, and digital forensics across all academic disciplines at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).


ForSec Lab

IIT School of Applied Technology’s Cyber Forensics and Security Laboratory (ForSec Lab) develops and supports an experimental environment for cyber security and digital forensic education, collaboration, evaluation and research. The lab provides students and research partners the opportunity to develop hands-on expertise working in the field of security, forensics, and disaster/data recovery.


ForenSecure Conference

This is an industry-focused technical conference (not an academic conference) with multiple tracks. It attracts 200+ professionals for an intensive for discussion and debate over forensics, security, data/information governance, cyber crime and security, cyber security legislation and legal issues, ethical hacking, eDiscovery, cloud forensics, steganography, policy and compliance, privacy, and more.


HTCIA Student Group

Illinois Tech has a student chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) was formed to provide education and collaboration to its global members for the prevention and investigation of high tech crimes. The organization aspires to help all those in the high technology field by providing extensive information, education, collective partnerships, mutual member benefits, astute board leadership and professional management.

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