The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance is specifically designed for students seeking to enter the highly in-demand field of cybersecurity, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026. The program prepares students to assess and investigate the misuse of data and information systems for careers in data security, corporate investigations, cybercrime, risk analysis, information assurance and related fields.
The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance was developed with guidance from data security leaders and hiring managers in the public and private sectors. The degree combines the governance, risk and compliance (GRC) skills employers are seeking with those that students will need to be successful now and in the future. Through the study of technology, investigative processes and cyber-related offenses, students will be prepared to address corporate risks and enter the field as specialists on data security and cybercrime.
- Flexible learning options: Courses are available in-person and online can be completed at your own pace.
- Time to completion: Students can complete this bachelor’s degree in as little as two years.
- Admissions requirements: You can apply to CityU’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program with a minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
If you’re interested in a career in the growing field of cybersecurity, contact an advisor at CityU to learn how you can get started.
CityU was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Lower-Division Requirements (90)
College Mathematics: 5 credits
Humanities: 15 credits
Social Science: 15 credits
Natural Science/Mathematics: 15 credits
A cross-section of public service and industry experience guide the criminal justice program.
Online classes allow us draw upon a national pool of experts. Below are a few of our colleagues who collaborate to build and teach courses. All of them are experienced and skilled practitioners whose ability to communicate their knowledge through our courses is as unique and distinctive as our program.
John F. Cataldi is an expert in counter-espionage, complex investigations, terrorism, and administration.
Mr. Cataldi retired after more than 30 years of government service, the last 25 years of which was served in the FBI. His eclectic experiences include those of being a farm laborer, merchant seaman, Army Combat Engineer, US Army Special Forces A-Team Leader (5th SFGA, Fort Bragg, NC), FBI agent and FBI leader. Mr. Cataldi is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point and holds a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University, New Orleans.
Mr. Cataldi’s FBI tours were with the New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Kansas City offices and FBI Headquarters. His Special Agent investigative experiences include Violent Gangs, Drugs, Organized Crime and Homicides as well as numerous task force endeavors with local and state police. Mr. Cataldi was fortunate to spend many years as an operator in highly specialized technical endeavors of a classified nature involving joint worldwide operations with other members of the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense to include the combat theaters of Afghanistan and Iraq. His supervisory leadership experiences with the FBI include Violent Gangs, Intelligence, and Special Operations. Prior to retiring, Mr. Cataldi was Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in Kansas City for the programs of Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Intelligence, Cyber Crimes and Special Operations.
Sam Chung, Ph.D., is a City University of Seattle professor and the Master of Science in Information Security program director.
Dr. Chung earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, and has M.S. degrees in computer science from George Washington University and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He graduated with a B.S. from the Department of Electronics/Computer Engineering at Kyungpook National University.
Before joining CityU, Dr. Chung was a tenured professor and the director of the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies at Southern Illinois University. He administered three degree programs: electronics systems technologies, information systems technologies, and technical resource management. Before joining SIU, he was an endowed associate professor of information systems and information security, and a founder of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Systems program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Dr. Chung also served as an associate director of cyber physical systems for the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington.
Dr. Chung led a research group in Smart and Secure Computing (SSC), which focused on making Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) smart and secure by developing and using Software Reengineering approaches. Dr. Chung has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students through his student-oriented research program. He has been a Co-Principal Investigator and Principal Investigator for multiple funded projects from organizations including NSF, KITECH and T-Mobile.
Dr. John DeCarlo is an expert in police administration, crime prevention, leadership, and innovation.
He was formerly the chief of The Branford, Connecticut police department. He was a police officer for 34 years. While with Branford PD, Chief DeCarlo successfully brought the agency into compliance with national accreditation standards and initiated extensive community and problem oriented policing programs. During his first six months as chief of the Branford PD, he instituted programs which lowered the crime rate 20% and the motor vehicle collision rate by 80%. Chief DeCarlo is a graduate of the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police and attended the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, VA and the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development School.
During the1990s, Dr. DeCarlo co-founded a software technology firm where he acted as director of research and development. The company went on to become the leading supplier of police records management, crime analysis and computer aided dispatch software in the Northeast. DeCarlo has a Ph.D. in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
His research interests are in all facets of policing and eyewitness identification. DeCarlo formerly served as an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. He is currently employed full time as an associate professor at John Jay College and serves as an outside advisor and curriculum evaluator to CityU.
Tim Gately currently serves as a Lieutenant for the City of Redmond, Washington, Police Department. He oversees the Investigations Division, including responsibility for Detectives & Professional staff who specialize in general investigations, undercover operations, special victims, crime analysis, victim advocacy, and computer forensics. Lt. Gately also serves as a Board Member of the Puget Sound Regional ID Theft/Fraud Task Force and oversees the department liaisons to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, and the Washington State Fusion Center.
Prior to joining Redmond Police in 2004, Lt. Gately worked as a Washington State Patrol Trooper in the Bellevue and Seattle offices for five years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from City University of Seattle and a Master of Public Administration from the Daniel J. Evan’s School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #261 in Quantico (at the University of Virginia) and the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, CO.
During his tenure at the Washington State Patrol, Lt. Gately served in the Field Operations Bureau (Bellevue) and Vessel and the Homeland Security Division (Seattle). At the City of Redmond, Lt. Gately has served as a Patrol Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, Public Information Officer, Detective, & Sergeant. His command assignments include oversight of daily operations, including Uniformed Patrol, Records, Evidence, Traffic, Canine, Outreach and Bicycle Units. He is an Associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and co-authored an article detailing Redmond’s commitment to combating regional fraud (Karen Lissy and Tim Gately, “Combating Financial Fraud and ID Theft through Regional Partnerships,” The Police Chief 80 (June 2013): 64-68.)
Jessica Giner joined the Criminal Justice program teaching faculty at City University in 2013, and is also the Program Director for the Criminal Justice program. Jessica has been the recipient of the City University of Seattle Distinguished Faculty Award (2016-2017).
Jessica completed her Juris Doctorate at Seattle University School of Law with an emphasis on Criminal Law, and is a recipient of the National Association of Women Judges Scholarship, and a Presidential Law Scholar. Jessica completed her Bachelors of Art in Communications, with a minor in English Literature at Seattle University, where she graduated Cum Laude.
Jessica began her career as a deputy prosecuting attorney, and served in misdemeanor, appellate, juvenile and felony divisions during her eight years with a county prosecutor’s office. Jessica prosecuted felony level special assault and sex offense cases, and provided training and education to other attorneys by developing state pattern jury instructions and teaching continuing legal education courses and has argued before the Washington State Court of Appeals. Jessica has also practiced as criminal defense counsel, before her appointment as a judge pro tempore.
Jessica now serves as a judge pro tempore for a variety of county and municipal courts in the greater Puget Sound area, presiding over criminal and civil cases. Her work on a variety of criminal law subject matters (including forensic evidence, sentencing guidelines, and sex and kidnap offender laws) has been published.
Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson is an expert in police innovation and administration.
Jeremiah serves as an “Acting Lieutenant” with the Darien Police Department (CT) and is a criminal justice scholar. He is a graduate of the 290th session of the Connecticut POSTC Police Academy, the 49th annual Fairfield County Detectives Conference, the First Line Supervisor Course at Roger Williams University’s Justice System Training & Research Institute, and the Innovations in Police Management course at the University of New Haven.
During his law enforcement career Jeremiah has worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, accreditation manager, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant and acting lieutenant.
Jeremiah is concurrently employed in an adjunct capacity at Western Connecticut State University. He has taught courses at the undergraduate or graduate level in criminology, police administration, leadership, public administration, research methods, and performance measurement.
Other experience includes service as an accreditation assessor for the State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Police Accreditation Coalition (CONNPAC). He has also served the Darien Police Association as Vice President and as a member of the contract negotiation team. Jeremiah was privileged to be an invited observer at the November, 2012 Harvard Kennedy School/National Institute of Justice Executive Session that met in Cambridge, MA.
Jeremiah holds a BA in Sociology from Geneva College, an MS in Justice Administration from Western Connecticut State University, and an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. His doctoral dissertation is on the topic of how police agencies effectively (or not) initiate and sustain innovation in leadership, administration, and policy. He is expected defend his dissertation and graduate in May, 2014.
Chief Jeffery Kumorek (ret.) is an expert in police administration, criminal investigation, and emergency management.
Mr. Kumorek is a consultant, investigator and security specialist with a 40-year career in public service. Though his work history includes running the second largest jail in Indiana, he has also been Chief, Deputy Chief and Director of Emergency Management for the City of Gary and Executive Director for the Partnership for a Drug-Free Lake County. Prior to that Mr. Kumorek was a Chicago Police Department investigator working for many years in the intelligence unit.
His law enforcement education began as a cadet training at the Chicago Police Academy. Mr. Kumorek was a Staff Sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard and graduated from City Colleges of Chicago (AD, Criminal Justice); Calumet College of St. Joseph (BS, Law Enforcement Management) and Loyola University of New Orleans (MS, Criminal Justice Administration). His experience in leadership and management is wide-ranging, from major metro sting operations in Chicago to implementing a mobile data terminal system in Gary and most recently, working to bring the 1000-bed Lake County Jail into compliance with a DOJ Consent Decree. He runs a consultancy in Gary, Indiana specializing in site security, investigations, and policy analysis.
Iara Rodriguez, Esq specializes criminal law, corporate fraud, cybercrime and data privacy law.
Iara Rodriguez is a multi faceted law professional with experiences ranging from serving in the Public Defender’s Office for the Jurisdiction of Puerto Rico, to creating Domestic Violence Courses for the Puerto Rico Police Academy, and serving as a Civil Rights observer and advocate.After leaving the Public Defenders office, Ms. Rodriguez started her own practice, in which she represented police officers accused of crimes through the C.O.P.S. Association in Puerto Rico, served in the Committee for Judiciary Appointments Reviews for the Puerto Rico Bar Association, and extended her practice to criminal and civil matters.
Aside from her law degree Ms. Rodriguez holds a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University of New Orleans with a specialization in cyber forensic investigations. She is an Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society member, and member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section. She has prepared and imparted community service seminars on “Natural and Cyber disaster preparedness” amongst others.
Presently, Ms. Rodriguez resides in the State of Florida and is an adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, at Ana G. Mendez Metro Orlando Campus. Additionally,she is presently a Consultant in Corporate and Government Fraud, in conjunction with C.P.A’s and I.T. specialists, through her private consulting endeavors; and a sole practitioner in Federal Administrative practice of Immigration and Social Security law Matters.
Suzanne W. Sainato, Esq specializes in evaluating corporate operational, regulatory, and financial reporting risks.
Suzanne Webb Sainato is a Vice President and Chief Audit and Compliance Officer at the Washington-based financial services firm, Symetra. In this role, Suzanne leads the internal audit and compliance departments, which evaluate operational, regulatory, and financial reporting risks at Symetra. Suzanne joined Symetra as the Chief Compliance Officer in April 2012 after serving as the Chief Compliance Officer for Pan-American Life’s Domestic Markets division. She assumed additional internal audit responsibilities in August 2013.
Prior to her role at Pan-American Life, Suzanne was an insurance product and litigation attorney at MetLife and an insurance and securities litigator at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett law firm. At MetLife, Suzanne led higher risk agent investigations and regulatory examinations involving potential fraud and misconduct and advised on legal risks to pertaining to electronic transactions. At Simpson Thacher, Suzanne’s work included the defense of a $3.5 billion property insurance coverage dispute involving the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Suzanne is a graduate of Yale University (BS), University of Alabama School of Law (JD, with honors), and Loyola University New Orleans (MBA, with honors). She is also a member of the board of directors for Symetra Securities Inc. and the Bellevue College Foundation.
Suzanne has been a speaker at several conferences regarding compliance best practices, including vendor/third party administrator oversight and training.
Dr. Robert Edward Tarwacki, Sr. is an expert in polygraphy, cybercrime and complex investigations, policy analysis, and organizational management.
Dr. Tarwacki received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2011. The program is domiciled at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He also holds a specialization in Inspection and Oversight. Dr. Tarwacki has taught within the Public Administration Department of John Jay College for 8 years, presenting courses in Court Administration, Organization Theory and Management, Investigative Technique, Ethics, and Policy Analysis and Planning. He achieved a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science from John Jay College, CUNY. Dr. Tarwacki is currently an Assistant Professor at Loyola University, New Orleans, where he teaches the online specialization in Cyber Forensics Investigation and Administration, a part of the online Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program.He has recently retired from law enforcement after dedicating 25 years to public service as a Senior Detective-Investigator in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. His career has been divided among such assignments as Homicide, White Collar Crime, Non-Traditional Organized Crime, Internal Security, and Labor Racketeering. His last year was spent assisting in the formation and establishment of a Cybercrime and Identity Theft Unit with DANY. He received his training in cyber forensics through the National White Collar Crime Center and is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. Dr. Tarwacki also held the title of Investigation Bureau Director of Training and was responsible for authoring their Bureau Manual in 1990 and providing major revisions to that manual in 2011. He has been certified by the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services, Municipal Police Training Council as a Police Instructor of general topics and as a Firearms and Tactics Instructor.
As a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Certified Polygraphists, Dr. Tarwacki has been called upon to test witnesses and defendants in many high profile cases as well as to review the opinions of other polygraphists who submit exam results on behalf of defendants in criminal cases. His expertise has been established in New York State Supreme court in the areas of Polygraph, Structure of Violent Narcotics Gangs, and Police Firearms and Tactics.
Dr. Tarwacki’s doctoral dissertation, entitled “Perceptions of Quality in Criminal Investigations: Police Investigators, Supervisors and Prosecutors,” is an exploratory research project which examines the factors that contribute to high quality police investigations.
Dr. Tarwacki serves as an outside advisor and curriculum evaluator to CityU.
Roland Taylor is an expert in international crime and public-private partnerships, cybercrime, and police management/rule of law in post war/critical incident nations.
Mr. Taylor has had a most unusual career. He is currently a Program Manager for Bering Straits Native Corporation and was formerly a Program Manager with BAE Systems- a global defense, security, and aerospace firm. His current focus is on projects with the Department of State’s Criminal Justice Program Support which is, approximately, a $10 billion dollar effort to support rule of law around the world.
Mr. Taylor’s portfolio of past projects includes international police support program projects in post-war Kosovo and Haiti. These bi-lateral projects involved significant investments of resources and expenditures into the hundreds of millions.
Mr. Taylor’s law enforcement career spanned from 1980 to 2000. He was a commissioned peace officer in a rural municipality in Louisiana where he rose to the rank of sergeant; however in 1999 he was selected by the U.S. Department of State to take-on a very important task.
When East Timor declared itself as an independent nation there was an international call for police professionals from around the world to help build a justice system- following years of human rights and other abuses by neighboring Indonesia. Mr. Taylor completed his tour of duty as the Acting Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations of the United Nations (UN) mission in East Timor (Asia Pacific) with operational command of 1,500 police personnel from 52 countries. The primary task was to develop a new democratic national police service and to support the UN Security Council’s goals.
Mr. Taylor has completed numerous police training and instructor courses from the FBI, FLETC, DOJ, and Northwestern University Traffic Institute. He is an associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Mr. Taylor is highly experienced as a trainer and instructor in both law enforcement and human intelligence skills both domestically and internationally. He has held director of training level positions for BAE Systems, L-3Com, MPRI, and DynCorp. He has taught at the regional police academy level and in the intelligence community on a range of skills.
Mr. Taylor is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University (Nebraska). He also holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (cyberforensic specialization) from Loyola University of New Orleans. His other academic honors include his induction into Pi Gamma Mu, National Honor Society for Social Sciences and Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
Captain Dennis Thornton has extensive experience in death investigations, interrogation techniques, ethics, and forensic evidence collection.
Captain Thornton is employed with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, which polices a substantial area of metropolitan New Orleans. He has been with the agency for thirty-five years and holds the rank of Captain and commands the Homicide Division. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in 2009.
Most of his experience focuses on investigating and supervising death investigations and various other violent crimes; however, he worked with local and federal officials, post-Hurricane Katrina, and oversaw the make-shift morgues and collection of the victim remains, in the entire metropolitan New Orleans area, following the 2005 tragedy.
Captain Thornton has been instructing in undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal justice since 2012. He graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree in 1991. He later pursued graduate work, obtaining a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Indiana State University in 2010. His graduate research focused on Hispanic victimization both pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina in metropolitan New Orleans. Captain Thornton is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Urban Studies with a concentration on poverty, crime and mental health at the University of New Orleans.
Captain Thornton is a member of several professional organizations, including American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA) and has lectured at a number of professional conferences on matters of forensics and death investigations.