Computer Networks, Cybersecurity, and Internet of Things

Professionals in computer networks, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things (IoT) explore new ways to develop, maintain and secure complex networks, providing connectivity to billions of devices. These fields work together to keep 'smart' devices and computers efficiently and securely communicating with each other across the vast internet. Complex challenges include network resource management, routing, fairness, protecting user privacy, defending against cyber attacks, and addressing constraints like energy consumption, storage capacity, and processing power.

What can you do with Computer Networks, Cybersecurity, and Internet of Things?

There are many examples of high-paying careers in these fields:

  • Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) are senior-level executives responsible for overseeing the information security strategy and implementation within organizations. They execute cybersecurity policies, manage risk assessments, and ensure compliance with industry regulations.
  • Ethical Hacker/Penetration Testers are hired to identify vulnerabilities in computer networks and systems, providing recommendations for improvement.
  • Network Architects design and plan computer networks, including their protocols and security measures. They analyze organizational requirements, select appropriate network technologies, and create network infrastructure that meets the needs of businesses.
  • IoT Solutions Architects design and implement comprehensive systems, ensuring scalability and security. As more devices adopt IoT, demand for solutions architects with IoT expertise will grow.
  • Cybersecurity Consultants provide expert advice and guidance on security risks and effective security measures.
  • Cloud Security Engineers specialize in securing cloud-based systems and infrastructure, monitor for vulnerabilities, and ensure data privacy and compliance in cloud environments.
  • Data Privacy Officers are responsible for ensuring compliance of sensitive data handling within organizations, monitor data practices, and implement safeguards to protect personal information.

What you'll study in Computer Networks, Cybersecurity, and Internet of Things

Topics include network protocols, network architectures, routing algorithms, addressing, fairness, and network security principles. Cybersecurity cover subjects such as cryptography and secure coding practices, and incident response. For the Internet of Things, students explore IoT architectures, sensor networks, data analytics, and IoT security considerations. They will also develop skills in programming, network administration, and data analysis to apply their knowledge in practical scenarios.

Computer Networks, Cybersecurity, and Internet of Things Faculty


John Tadrous, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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