Cyber Security Administration
Program TypeMajor, Minor
SchoolGary Tharaldson School of Business
Position yourself for a career in cyber security. Be part of the transformation of business in the digital age. Defend and protect online information and data.
Need an Online or Evening Option?
You can earn your cyber security administration bachelor’s entirely online or through in-person evening classes.
What You'll Learn
You’ll learn to develop secure hardware and software information systems and incorporate this technology into new or existing IT systems. You’ll analyze and create administrative and project management solutions to solve real business problems ethically.
- Gain practical experience.
Gain real-world management and leadership experience you can apply to a wide range of careers.
- Receive mentorship from experienced experts.
You’ll work closely in small classes with world-class faculty who bring professional cyber security administration and management experience to their classrooms. You’ll also have the opportunity to be mentored by local business leaders in the Emerging Leaders Academy.
- Study in an accredited program.
The cyber security administration program is accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
- Get your bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years.
You can choose to participate in Mary’s Year-Round Campus, which enables you to complete your bachelor’s degree earlier than some of your peers.
Careers & Outcomes
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of information security professionals to grow by 35% through 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations, as businesses increasingly expand to digital platforms.
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Forensic Analyst
- Systems Administrator
- Database Administrator
- Network Engineer
- Computer/Network Support Specialist
- IT Department Manager
Program Director of Cyber Security Administration, Assistant Professor
I was born and raised in Mandan, North Dakota. I attended the University of Mary for my undergraduate degree in computer information systems. After graduating, I worked in education for 15 years. Following that, I went into the industry as a cyber security engineer. After working in the cyber security field, I found myself being drawn back into education and look forward to continuing that here at Mary. I am married and have three children. I enjoy spending time with my family and staying active outdoors.
Kevin Fishbeck, PhD
Program Director Computer Information Systems
I have over 30 years teaching and other work experience in the cyber security arena. I am a Professor at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. I earned my PhD from the University of North Dakota and hold many industry certifications from Microsoft, Comp Tia, Cisco and others. I also own and operate Fishbeck Technology Consulting which provides cyber security services to small businesses.
Tanya Taplin, MS
Assistant Professor Cyber Security Administration
I was born and raised on a grain and dairy farm in Strasburg, ND, and I am the third eldest of 10 children. I attended the University of Mary for my undergraduate degree and Dakota State University for my master's degree. I have more than 25 years of experience in government and education and hold multiple industry certifications. Before coming to the University of Mary, I worked for the US Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency as North Dakota's State Cybersecurity Advisor. I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, and staying active outdoors, especially in the summer.