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Cybersecurity

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (BSCY) is a four-year program with 136 credit hours towards graduation. It prepares students to deal with computer viruses, malware and scams, and to protect personal privacy and organizational data from hackers and cyber criminals by setting policies and controls of ethics and risk management. Students learn how to create, operate, analyse, and penetrate computer systems and networks to ensure their security

The BSCY curriculum has been designed with an input from cybersecurity experts to meet the recent ABET Accreditation Criteria and ACM/IEEE guidelines for cybersecurity programs. It includes multiple industry-recognized certifications that are built into the curriculum to support the students’ résumés.

Program Tracks:

  • Ethical Hacking (Web Applications Hacking, Network Hacking)
  • Computer Forensics (Network Forensics, Mobile Forensics and Analysis)

Program Mission

To graduate professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs equipped with adequate knowledge and technical skills of international standards in the field of Cybersecurity.

Why Choose the BSCY Program at Dar Al Hekma

The BSCY program at Dar Al-Hekma University provides students with a world-class education in an interactive environment that allows for an unparalleled individualized learning experience.

ProgramTOEFL Score (University Level)Required Certificate
Percentage
Qudurat Test ScoreOther Admission Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity (Track)
  • Computer Forensics (Track)
  • Ethical Hacking (Track)
510A minimum High-School
Percentage of 80%
65%
Science Track in
High School

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Graduates of the Cybersecurity program will be able to:

  • ABET-1 Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • ABET-2 Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • ABET-3 Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • ABET-4 Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgements in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • ABET-5 Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • ABET-6 An ability to apply security principles and practices to the environment, hardware, software, and human aspects of a system.
  • ABET-7 An ability to analyze and evaluate systems with respect to maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats.
Year One
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ICTC 1302
Information & Computing
Technology Concepts
3
COMM 1302
Communication Skills II
3
LOGC 1202
Digital Logic Concepts
2
ISLS XXXX
Islamic Studies
3
ARTS XXXX
Arts & Design
2
BSCS 1330
Discrete Structures
3
COMM 1301
Communication Skills I3BSCS 1350
Introduction to Programming
3
ARAB XXXX
Arabic Studies
3
BSCS 1320
Computer Architecture &
Organization
3
MATH 1304
Calculus I
3
BSCY 1310
Fundamentals of
Cybersecurity
3
BSCS 1160
Compuer Ethics & Society
1
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 18
Year Two
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code 

Course Title

Credit Hours 

Course Code 

Course Title

Credit Hours 

ISLS XXXX
Islamic Studies
3
ARAB XXXX
Arabic Studies
3
STAT 2301
Statistics
3XXXX XXXX
Required Gen. Ed Elective
3
BSCS 2355
Object-Oriented
Programming
3
BSCS 2375
Networking & Data
Communication
3
BSCS 2351
Fundamental Data
Structures
3
BSCS 2310
Analysis of Algorithms
3
BSCS 2370
Operating Systems
3BSIS 2340
IS Project Management
3
BSCY 2311
Basic Cryptography
Concepts
3
BSCY 2320
Secure Software Development
3
Total Credit Hours 18 Total Credit Hours 18
Year Three
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code 

Course Title

Credit Hours 

Course Code 

Course Title

Credit Hours 

EMOI 1201
Emotional Intelligence
2
ISLS XXXX
Islamic Studies
2
XXXX XXXX
Free Elective
3XXXX XXXX
Free Elective
3
BSCS 3360
Software Engineering
3
BSCS 3345
Human Computer Interaction
3
BSCY 3330
System Components
Security
3
BSIS 3320
Database Management
Systems
3
BSCY 3340
Networks & Connections
Security
3BSCY 3360
Human Privacy & Security
3
BSCY 3350
Managing Systems
Security
3BSCY XXXX
Program Elective
3
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Four
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code 

Course Title

Credit Hours 

Course Code 

Course Title

Credit Hours 

ENTR 3301
Entrepreneurship &
Design Thinking
3
BBBF 1101
Basic Brain &
Body Fitness
1
XXXX XXXX
Required Gen. Ed Elective
3BSCY 4380
Societal Security &
Cyber Law
3
BSCY 4312
Information Storage
Security
3
BSCY 4292
Capstone Project II
3
BSCY 4370
Organizational Risk
Management & Governance
3BSCY 4393
Internship
3
BSCY 4291
Capstone Project I
3BSCY XXXX
Program Elective
3
BSCY XXXX
Program Elective
3
Total Credit Hours 18 Total Credit Hours 13

The program equips students with the necessary knowledge, expertise, and tools to be ready for career opportunities, such as:

  • Information Security Officers
  • Cybersecurity Specialists
  • Cybersecurity Analysts
  • Ethical Hacking Specialists
  • Computer Forensics Specialists
  • Project Managers
  • Information Technology Specialists

Dr. Nouman Bantan

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Informatics

Dr. Sahar Siraj Shabanah

Dean - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Informatics

Key Facts

Program Name

Cybersecurity


Academic Degree

Bachelor


Credit Hours

136


Program Length

4 Years


Mode of study

Full time

Dr. Sahar Siraj Shabanah

Dean, School of Engineering, Computing & Informatics, Acting Chair, Computer Science & Cybersecurity Department, Acting Chair, Master of Information Systems Department, Acting Director, Technology Center & Cybersecurity Center


PhD, Computer Science, George Mason University, USA, 2010

MSc, Computer Science, George Washington University, USA, 2001

BSc, Computer Science, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, KSA, 1990

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