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The online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program prepares students for rewarding careers in one of the fastest growing areas of information technology. Students will learn both the theory and practice of cybersecurity, including how to protect and defend systems, identify and handle security incidents, and manage risks. Practical hands-on activities on local systems and in the cloud will be included in most courses.

Northern Kentucky University has a reputation for excellence in cybersecurity education and is a DHS/NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.


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Student Spotlight

Robert Ruska
MS in Cybersecurity Student, NKU
"My deep interest in Cybersecurity stems from my time in the U.S. Army. The military gave me the intent and determination to serve the nation in such a critical field, where there is a serious workforce shortage. I have been gaining the exposure and experience to various IT topics by doing research as an undergraduate student with a NKU professor. This has contributed tremendously to me furthering my education by pursuing a master’s degree in Cybersecurity. 

With the growing number of cyber threats facing individuals, organizations, and governments, Cybersecurity protects these entities against the criminal or the unauthorized use of data along with the measures taken to achieve this. Trusting technology is an asset and therefore I want people to understand that they can be protected from these real-world cyber threats. I am excited to be a part of the M.S. in Cybersecurity program and to continue my journey in developing the in-demand technical competencies that are needed in network security and risk management."




The MS in Cybersecurity graduates career options include Cloud Security Analyst/Administrator, Cybersecurity Analyst, Information Security Analyst,  Vulnerability Analyst/Penetration Tester and Incident Analyst. 


Program Leadership

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Yi Hu, Ph.D.

Director, MS in Cybersecurity Program

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Dr. Yi Hu is a Professor of Computer Science at Northern Kentucky University. He is also a highly motivated information security professional experienced with performing vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, network and application security analysis, and incident response. In addition, he is a Certified Ethical Hacker by EC-Council, a CISSP by (ISC)2, and AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate.   

He taught information security related courses in different areas such as: Web Security, Computer Forensics, Advanced Computer Forensics, Computer Security, and Securing Computer Systems. He also taught a variety of application development and system administration courses such as Windows Server and Linux administrations. He has published more than 30 papers on security, privacy, and trust management. In addition, he is the Director of Kentucky Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition who has extensive experience on promoting security education and awareness.