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Cyber-risk Management Major

Courses are designed to help students throughout their careers by giving them an understanding of cyber risk and the ability to help businesses choose appropriate strategies to respond to those risks. Cyber-Risk Management courses will address many technical areas including:

  • Network security
  • Software security
  • Web application security
  • Cryptography
  • End user security
  • Legal and regulatory compliance

Individual instruction and small class sizes ensure that graduates from our program have a strong technical background in addition to the foundation in business needed to ensure a comprehensive approach to addressing cyber risk throughout careers. 


Program Requirements

The Cyber-risk Management major requires a minimum of 84 credit hours. 

Breech Admission Policy

BBA Tool Courses (25 hrs.):
All students pursuing a BBA degree with a major in cyber-risk management are required to complete the following tool courses:

ACCT 209: Principles of Accounting
3 credit hours

Introduces the student to the role of accounting in a global society. Principles and concepts of financial accounting. Analysis of accounting statements, and accounting cycles and procedures: receivables, inventories and fixed assets.

ACCT 210: Accounting for Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Day -  ACCT 209, MGMT 170.  CCPS - ACCT 209, GSTU 210 or GSTU 211.
This course provides an introduction to concepts essential to managerial decision?making as well as the tools and techniques of financial statement analysis with an emphasis on the use of financial statements for external and internal decision?making. Among the topics covered are profitability and ratio analysis, cash flows analysis, present value, inventory costing, cost?volume?profit analysis, variance calculation, and budgeting.

ECON 201: Basic Economic Theory
4 credit hours

Students will be introduced to the way market economies deal with the universal problems of resource scarcity. They will use economic models to evaluate market processes and government policies. The course provides an introduction to microeconomics and macroeconomics.

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

 It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra in order to be successful in this course. A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.

MGMT 103: Business Foundations
3 credit hours

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of business enterprise and economics. Introduction to the functions of a business organization. Basic research methods, written and oral reports, discussion of current business, and economic developments. Global business awareness.

MGMT 170: Computer Proficiency Exam
0 credit hours

Students completing a major in accounting, economics, finance, management, or marketing; or a minor in business administration, are expected to possess computer proficiency in critical business productivity tools (word processing, spreadsheet and presentation). Competency will be assessed through the administration of a proficiency exam. S/U grading. Course fee required.

MGMT 240: Developing Your Personal Brand
3 credit hours

This course helps prepare for professional internships, full-time jobs opportunities, and graduate school acceptance. You will learn about how to develop a personal brand that set you apart from other applicants. After identifying careers that will be personally and professionally satisfying, you will develop techniques for effectively searching and obtaining these careers.

MGMT 228: Analytical Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  MGMT 170MATH 227Study of common techniques for quantitative analysis and decision making including probability distributions, forecasting models, multivariate correlation and regression, linear programming, queuing analysis and simulation. Team and individual research and problem solving, report writing and oral presentations. Critical evaluation of assumptions in decision making including qualitative considerations.

MGMT 250: Management Information Systems
3 credit hours

An introduction to the study of the design and application of management information systems in business.

BBA Core Courses (21 hrs.): 
All students pursuing a BBA degree with a major in cyber-risk management are required to complete the following core courses:

CISQ 497: Internship
Variable credit hours

S/U grading.

FINC 331: Corporate Finance
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ACCT 210, MGMT 228, and admission to Breech School of Business. This course is an investigation of the study of corporate finance and its implications. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, cash flow, taxes, the financial environment, interest rates, risk and return, time value of money, and the valuation of stocks, bonds, and firms. The course emphasizes that financial managers must deal with various models, assumptions, and cultures and are often called upon to make decisions based on qualitative as well as quantitative factors.

MGMT 301: Leadership & Organizations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ACCT 210 and admission to Breech School of Business. Introduction to management of organizations, including strategy, leadership and organizational design. Projects in leadership development and evaluation. The project will include a paper and presentation as part of the deliverables.

MGMT 321: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
3 credit hours

This course is an overview of laws and regulations as they pertain to the business atmosphere. Topical areas include procedural laws and the court system, alternative means of dispute resolution, constitutional law, torts/products liability, business crimes, contracts, sales, forms of business organizations, and employment regulation. Case analysis and ethical implications are discussed in each area.

MGMT 424: Business Simulation Workshop
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Breech School of Business. Senior Standing. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with MGMT 446 and/or final semester prior to graduation. The business simulation workshop offers students the opportunity to learn about, and engage in, a competitive business environment via the CapSim business simulator. Students will partner in close teams to develop a deep understanding of general business strategies and tactics, and they will apply this theoretical understanding by managing various functional areas of a simulated manufacturing firm. By the end of the course, students will understand the basic principles of strategic business management, as well as the decisions that managers make in pursuit of their strategic goals and objectives. Business professionalism constitutes an essential component to the course, as it represents a key success variable in communicating and substantiating business decisions to external business constituents. For this reason, students will make multiple presentations in the course of the semester to one another, as well as to visitors from the business community whenever possible.

MGMT 446: Strategic Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  FINC 331MGMT 301MKTG 337, and admission to Breech School of Business. Capstone course. Integrative approach to analysis, using tools and theory from finance, economics, accounting, and marketing. Individual and team projects including oral and written presentations. Emphasis on analytical and strategic reasoning, including critical analysis of company/financial and industry/competitive information. Corporate social responsibility and global business issues also play an important role in this course.

MKTG 337: Marketing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Breech School of Business. Introduction to effective marketing concepts, strategies, and practices. An analytical approach to recognition of alternative strategic paradigms and their effect on a firm’s marketing. Ethical and social responsibilities of effective domestic and global marketing. Individual and team projects with operating sponsors.

Study Abroad Requirement
Choose one from the following:

MGMT 205: Study Abroad
0 credit hours

Study Abroad office must be notified and all policies must be followed including but not limited to insurance requirements. This course meets the Breech study abroad requirement. Study abroad trips that fall in this category will be for a year, semester or stay of at least 21 days. These trips will include formal enrollment in a University (Drury or other) study abroad program in any academic area. Students will have the opportunity to interact in the global business community on a variety of levels: business transactions, travel arrangements and interactions with residents of the host country. Application and prior approval is required. S/U Grading.

MGMT 206: Study Abroad - Business/Leadership
0 credit hours

Study Abroad office must be notified and all policies must be followed including but not limited to insurance requirements. This course meets the Breech study abroad requirement. Study abroad trips that fall in the business/leadership category will be for a stay of at least 14 days. These trips will include formal enrollment in a University (Drury or other) program, with a focus on global business. In this type of study abroad program, students will be exposed to business operations and/or leadership challenges in another country. They will also be expected to have interactions with business executives or other leaders in professional settings. Application and prior approval is required. S/U Grading.

MGMT 207: Study Abroad - Service Learning
0 credit hours

Study Abroad office must be notified and all policies must be followed including but not limited to insurance requirements. This course meets the Breech study abroad requirement. Study abroad trips that fall in the service learning category will be for a stay of at least 7 days. This program would not necessarily require formal enrollment in a University; it would, however, require affiliation with a formal agency/organization or some form of University sponsorship. Students may not complete this program on an individual basis. In this type of study abroad program, students will be focused on an intensive immersive experience and will be interacting almost exclusively with a variety of host country residents while engaged in a community service project. Students will be expected to base this personal interaction on the pursuit of a particular goal. Application and prior approval is required. S/U Grading.

MGMT 208: Study Abroad - International Student
0 credit hours

Study Abroad office must be notified and all policies must be followed including but not limited to insurance requirements. This course meets the Breech student abroad requirement. The international student category covers students from outside the United States who are studying business at Drury. Application and prior approval is required. S/U Grading.

Majore Requirements (38 hrs.)

Interdisciplinary Courses (20 hrs.)
Students earning a BBA degree with a major in cyber-risk management must complete the following courses for the major.

MATH 231: Calculus I
4 credit hours

 It is strongly recommended that students have completed two years of high school algebra and one semester of high school trigonometry in order to be successful in this course. A study of the fundamental principles of analytic geometry and calculus with an emphasis on differentiation.

CSCI 241: Discrete Mathematics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 211MATH 231; or MATH 236. This course includes propositional logic, induction and recursion, number theory, set theory, relations and functions, graphs and trees, and permutations and combinations.

CSCI 251: Introduction to Computer Science
4 credit hours

An introduction to computer science through applications such as media. A major component is programming design and development using a language such as Python or Java. A disciplined approach to problem solving methods and algorithm development will be stressed using top-down design and stepwise refinement. Topics included are syntax and semantics, input and output, control structures, modularity, data types, and object-oriented programming. Recommended for students with previous programming experience or a strong mathematical background (math ACT score of 24 or above).

CSCI 261: Data Structures
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: CSCI 251 with a grade of C or higher. Students must receive a grade of C or better in the prerequisites. An in-depth study of data structures, including arrays, records, stacks, queues, lists, trees, heaps and hash tables. The study includes the definition, specification, and implementation of these structures, as well as examples of their uses. Also included is an introduction to the internal representation of information.

CSCI 262: Algorithms
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CSCI 261 with a grade of C or higher; and MATH 231 or MATH 236 with a grade of C or higher. Students must receive a grade of C or better in the prerequisites. This course examines the design and efficiency of sequential and parallel algorithms. The algorithms studied include sorting and searching, pattern matching, graph algorithms and numerical algorithms. Standard algorithmic paradigms are studied such as divide and conquer, greedy methods and dynamic programming. We will consider the time and space complexity analysis of sequential and parallel algorithms and proofs of algorithm correctness.

CSCI 277: Application Development I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CSCI 251. An examination of both web-based and mobile applications. The course covers the design of client-server architectures, client side scripting, user interface design, and application and database interaction.

Cyber-risk Courses (18 hrs.)

CISQ 352: Fundamentals of Information Security
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CSCI 251 and MGMT 250. This course provides an overview of security challenges and strategies of countermeasure in the information systems environment. Topics include definition of terms, concepts, concepts, elements, and goals incorporating industry standards and practices with a focus on availability, vulnerability, integrity, and confidentiality aspects of information systems. The course will also take a “hands on” approach to teaching about operating systems, networking, and some of the tools of the trade used in the field of Information Security.

CSCI 342: Computer Systems Concepts
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CSCI 261. An integrated introduction to computer systems fundamentals. Topics include computer architecture and major components, operating system concepts and implementation techniques (processes, threads, memory management, and distributed systems), and network theory, concepts and techniques.

CISQ 440: Web Application Security
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CSCI 277 and CISQ 352. This class will look at how to secure mobile users as customer-facing information migrates from mainframe computers and application servers to Web-enabled applications. This course explores the evolutionary changes that have occurred in data processing and computing, personal and business communications, and social interactions and networking on the Internet. We will review all the risks, threats, and vulnerabilities associated with Web-enabled applications accessible via the Internet. Using examples and exercises, this class incorporates hands-on activities to prepare students to successfully secure Web-enabled applications.

CISQ 470: Hacking Tools, Techniques & Incident Response
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CISQ 352. This course is an introduction to hacking tools and incident handling. Areas of instruction include various tools and vulnerabilities of operating systems, software, and networks used by hackers to access unauthorized information. This course also addressed incident handling methods used when information security is compromised.

CISQ 478: Network Security
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CISQ 352. This course will provide an in-depth look at the major business challenges and threats that are introduced when an organization’s network is connected to the public Internet. This course will provide a comprehensive explanation of network security basics, including how hackers access online networks and the use of Firewalls and VPNs to provide security countermeasures. Using examples and exercises from the field, this class incorporates hands-on activities to prepare the student to disarm threats and prepare for emerging technologies and future attacks.

CISQ 494: Cybersecurity Capstone
3 credit hours

 Prerequisite: CISQ 352. This course provides a capstone experience in the field of Information Security.

The following courses are recommended electives for further study for cyber-risk management majors:

ACCT 205: Basic Excel
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: MGMT 170. This course provides an introduction to features and functions most commonly needed by beginning Excel users who will be in contact with the program on a somewhat frequent basis. This course requires a rudimentary knowledge of Excel as a basis for advancing into the course material. This is a hybrid course with primary content delivery online for self- paced learning and open labs for student learning.

ACCT 305: Intermediate Excel
1 credit hours

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ACCT 205. This course builds on ACCT 205 to teach features and functions most commonly needed by regular Excel users. This course requires a basic knowledge of Excel prior to beginning. This is a hybrid course with primary content delivery online for self-paced learning and open labs for student learning.

ACCT 405: Advanced Excel
1 credit hours

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ACCT 305. This course builds on ACCT 305 to teach features and functions needed by Excel users in professional fields. This course requires an intermediate knowledge of Excel prior to beginning. This is a hybrid course with primary content delivery online for self-paced learning and open labs for student learning.


Continue Your Education With Drury's MBA + CSL Program

Seamlessly continue your education towards a Master in Business Administration with Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate from Drury. Students can apply six of the certificate credit hours toward Drury's 30-hour MBA program, making it possible to earn the certificate and the MBA in just 36 credit hours. 

A few highlights of the program include:

  • MBA program can be completed in one, two, or four year sequences
  • All courses are offered in the evenings (6 - 8:45 p.m.)
  • The curriculum is customizable to students’ needs
  • Courses include labs and learning experiences that help prepare professionals to secure and defend information systems
  • Offers a strong foundation in risk and risk management
  • Week-long trip to an international business destination (usually Greece or China)

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