Cyber
the next frontier

Over 3.5 million cyber positions will need to be filled by 2021. Our graduates will become part of a critical layer of defense for our nation and its citizens.

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The National Security Agency designated the University of Arizona’s Cyber Operations program as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO). With this designation, UA joins an extremely exclusive group of only 20 Cyber programs in the nation. The NSA’s CAE-CO designation demonstrates that UA’s Cyber program meets the most demanding academic and technical requirements.
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The Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Cyber Operations prepares graduates for cyber-related occupations in defense, law enforcement, and private industry.

The curriculum includes both offensive and defensive cyber security content delivered within our state-of-the-art Cyber Virtual Learning Environment to ensure our students have extensive hands-on experiences to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed after they graduate. The Cyber Operations program offers two degree tracks, both in-person and fully online:

Engineering Track

The Engineering Track is a deeply technical, interdisciplinary, security focused Computer Science program. The Engineering Track meets the National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) academic requirements.

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Defense & Forensics Track

The Defense & Forensics Track is an interdisciplinary Cyber education program. The Defense & Forensics Track conforms to academic requirements from both the National Security Agency’s Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) and Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

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Law & Policy Track

The Law & Policy track is a multidisciplinary Cyber education program that lays a strong technical foundation, integrated with the legal and policy knowledge necessary to interact at the executive level. The Law & Policy track conforms with academic requirements from both the National Security Agency’s Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) and Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

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Intelligence Summit 2020

Southern Arizona Intelligence Summit

Join us for the 2020 Intelligence Summit, where key intelligence community leaders will speak about the latest in intelligence policy, cyber security, and more. Free for students!

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DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)

The DoD CySP is a yearly scholarship program aimed at Juniors and Seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cyber-related academic disciplines. The CySP is a 1-year scholarship, which grants selected Cyber Scholars tuition and mandatory fees (including health care), funding for books, a $25K annual stipend, and guaranteed employment with a DoD agency upon graduation.


Intelligence News

 
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 05:43
21-Year-Old Cypriot Hacker Extradited to U.S. Over Fraud and Extortion Charges
The United States Department of Justice has extradited two criminals from the Republic of Cyprus—one is a computer hacker suspected of cyber intrusions and extortion, and the other is a money launderer with known connections to the terrorist organization Hezbollah. Both suspects—Joshua Polloso Epifaniou, 21, a resident of Nicosia, and Ghassan Diab, 37, a citizen of Lebanon—were arrested
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 08:32
Chinese Hackers Escalate Attacks Against India and Hong Kong Amid Tensions
An emerging threat actor out of China has been traced to a new hacking campaign aimed at government agencies in India and residents of Hong Kong intending to steal sensitive information, cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes revealed in the latest report shared with The Hacker News. The attacks were observed during the first week of July, coinciding the passage of controversial security law in Hong
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 00:50
US Charges 2 Chinese Hackers for Targeting COVID-19 Research and Trade Secrets
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) yesterday revealed charges against two Chinese nationals for their alleged involvement in a decade-long hacking spree targeting dissidents, government agencies, and hundreds of organizations in as many as 11 countries. The 11-count indictment, which was unsealed on Tuesday, alleges LI Xiaoyu (李啸宇) and DONG Jiazhi (董家志) stole terabytes of sensitive data,
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 02:18
North Korean Hackers Spotted Using New Multi-Platform Malware Framework
Lazarus Group, the notorious hacking group with ties to the North Korean regime, has unleashed a new multi-platform malware framework with an aim to infiltrate corporate entities around the world, steal customer databases, and distribute ransomware. Capable of targeting Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems, the MATA malware framework — so-called because of the authors' reference to the
Friday, July 24, 2020 - 01:10
Smartwatch Maker Garmin Shuts Down Services After Ransomware Attack
Garmin, the maker of fitness trackers, smartwatches and GPS-based wearable devices, is currently dealing with a massive worldwide service interruption after getting hit by a targeted ransomware attack, an employee of the company told The Hacker News on condition of anonymity. The company's website and the Twitter account say, "We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin.com and