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The J. Warren McClure School offers a sequence of Cybersecurity focused courses that allows students to join this growing sector of the IT industry. The sequence of foundational courses covers not only the technical aspects of this field, but provides solid knowledge on the operations of cybersecurity from a compliance and data privacy perspectives. McClure School students  in the ITS program, may take these classes as part of their required ITS Electives. Typically four to five semesters will be required to take all electives in the area. Students from other schools or colleges can also register for these classes as long as they take the ITS foundational classes first.

Today's cybersecurity industry, requires professionals with solid problem solving skills and the ability to understand the business implications of implementing, managing and planning secure solutions for data and information networks. The McClure School Cybersecurity sequence provides the foundations through both theory and hands-on experience. Those students seeking to gain further insight in the field are strongly encouraged to pursue, as part of their Area of Concentration, information systems and business data analysis classes from the College of Business.

The cybersecurity sequence is not a standalone major, but is part of our BS degree in Information and Telecommunication Systems.


The ITS labs provide students with hands-on experience in cybersecurity
The ECT lab provides access to advance virtual and physical devices and networks to study the foundations of cybersecurity.


As part of the degree in Information and Telecommunication systems all students are required to take an introductory class in data networking.

ITS 2300 Data Networks (fall semester)

Applied Encryption

ITS 4530/5530 Encrypted Communication (spring semester). This course covers the fundamentals of the methods for secure data transmission over data networks. This is an ITS elective class.

Secure Networking

ITS 4510/5510 Network Security (fall semester). This course provides the foundations to understand the importance of risk when planning secure networks. It also visits in detail the needs, techniques and devices used to plan and implement secure information networks. This is an ITS elective class. ITS 3100 Internet Applications is required to take this class.


ITS 4330/5330 IT Data Compliance and Planning (spring semester). This course visits the various federal, state, and international compliance requirements and IT's involvement in meeting these requirements. The various IT compliance frameworks are also studied. This is an ITS elective class.

Data privacy

ITS 4310/5310 Privacy in the Internet Age (fall semester). This course examines the impact of communication and information technologies on personal privacy. Theories of privacy, constitutional bases for privacy, and privacy laws are discussed as well.


ITS 4020/5020 Strategic Decision Making in Information and Telecommunication Industries (fall semester). In this class students will analyze issues and challenges facing firms in information and telecommunication industries and the implications of cybersecurity as part of a sound strategy for making decisions. This is a required class for all ITS students.

Advanced Networking

ITS 4750/5750 Internet Engineering (fall semester) and ITS 4920 Practicum (fall semester). Both of these courses cover through advanced hands-on experiences diverse aspects of secure information networks.

 Insights into Cybersecurity with Alumni

Ron Minto, ITS 1998 shares his industry experience in preventing ransomware attacks.

Ron Minto, a 1998 graduate from the ITS program in 1998 and Chair of the McClure School Advisory Board, shares his extensive industry experience and his role in preventing ransomware attacks.

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Zach Miller BSC ITS'13

Zach Miller graduated in 2013. He has had a successful career in cybersecurity that has taken him from Ohio University to Amazon.

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ect sam fox

Sam Fox, BSC ’14, discusses the path that led him to ITS and how he discovered his passion for cybersecurity.

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Interested in pursuing our cybersecurity sequence? Please contact us at mcclure@ohio.edu

Please visit Ohio University's catalog for more information on these classes.