Cyber Security Concentration

George Fox computer and information science majors with Cyber Security concentration study the discipline in a Christian environment.

Become a Leader in an In-Demand Computer Science Field

In an age with increasing dependence on the internet for commerce, the need is great for individuals with the skills to combat cyber attacks. George Fox University’s cyber security concentration within the computer science major positions graduates to be leaders in this emerging field.

Millions of messages, data files and transactions flow through business networks and across the internet each day, collectively driving the U.S. economy. Our nation’s dependence on this vast electronic infrastructure is unquestioned, and few businesses can survive without safe networks and reliable internet access. Every company is increasingly at risk from cyber attacks.

Cyber Security Course of Study

George Fox’s cyber security course of study consists of 29 credit hours of computer engineering, computer science and information systems courses that include:

  • Digital logic
  • Data communication and networking
  • Computer security/forensics
  • Cellular/mobile technologies
  • Cyber defense

One of Two Private Schools in Oregon with Cyber Security Program

George Fox is one of only two private schools in Oregon that offers a cyber security course of study. The goal of the program is to align with requirements for designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations – a certification of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service.

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Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Computer Science majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

Employment Outlook: One Million Jobs Open Within Three Years

The need for cyber security experts is apparent, as each week a new data breach occurs (i.e., Target, Home Depot, Sony Corp., Blue Cross, etc.). Even the U.S. government is not immune, as in 2015 a data breach compromised the personal data of 4.2 million federal employees.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs, making cyber security one of the most in-demand career fields in the country.

A 2015 PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. executive survey showed that 79 percent of all respondants have detected a security incident in the past 12 months. Companies are scrambling to put cyber operations teams in place no matter the type or size of company.

  • Analyst for Division of Legislative Finance, State of Alaska
  • Software Engineer, Consonus Health
  • Senior Support Engineer, Fiserv
  • Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Electrical Engineering Technical Designer, Boeing
  • Senior Software Engineer, GE
  • Senior Software Engineer, Intel
  • Software Developer, McAfee
  • Software Engineering Manager, Mentor Graphics
  • Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Project Manager, Rentrak
  • Software Engineer, Oracle
  • Software Engineer, Axium
  • Senior Products Analyst, Huron Consulting Group
  • Informatics Research Scientist, DOW AgroSciences
  • Component Design Engineer, Intel
  • Security Analyst, Nike
  • Manager of Language Modeling Research, Nuance Communication
  • Programmer Analyst, Boeing
  • Microsoft, Portland
  • Intel, Hillsboro, Ore.
  • NASA, Cleveland
  • Oregon State University
  • Washington State University
  • Oregon Graduate Institute
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Boston University
  • Portland State University
  • Virginia Tech

Student Experiences

Aaron Schnieder

“When I entered the computer science and information systems program at George Fox University, I had never written a single line of code. The GFU professors excelled at explaining the core concepts of software development in an easy to understand and digestible manner. Over the course of my four years in the program, I went from zero knowledge of software engineering to a feeling of confidence when I got my first job.”

- Aaron Schnieder

Points of Distinction

  • Students will gain hands-on, practical experience.
  • Small class sizes ensure that students receive individual attention and career mentoring.
  • Students have the opportunity to compete in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. In 2015, George Fox students claimed an Oregon site championship in both Division 1 and Division 2 of the competition, which included schools from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.