College of Computing and Informatics

College of Computing and Informatics

College of Computing and Informatics


The College of Computing and Informatics at the Saudi Electronic University offers a master's program in cybersecurity, which aims to provide students with advanced knowledge necessary to excel in the contemporary highly competitive technology industry. The program focuses on the security of the institution’s cyberspace. The program equips students with the knowledge, skills and capacity to prevent and protect enterprise data from the threat of various forms of digital crime. The courses also focus on critical analysis skills, technical skills and extensive use of virtual laboratories via the Internet. This program is designed for students wishing to pursue their careers as specialists in information technology with the aim of protecting the information of their institutions from any external penetration by integrating theories with practical application. To know the basics of information systems and know how to manage information technology within the framework of the fundamentals of cybercrime. The program covers the field of security and legal aspects that affect information security in cyberspace.

The Importance and Reasons for Creating the Program

Keeping pace with the needs of the labor market and the Kingdom's 2030 vision.

The need for qualified professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills in the field of cybersecurity.

The need for qualified specialists in the field of combating electronic information crimes.

The need for specialists in assessing and analyzing local and international breaches that may occur to information systems.

The need for specialists with the ability to know the various vulnerabilities of computer networks and the methods used to penetrate network security and provide comprehensive solutions to reduce these breaches.

Program Objectives

The program aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to have the ability to:

  1. Differentiate between various IT security models, their architecture, and the risks associated with transferring, processing, and storing information.
  2. Identify various weak points of the networks and the methods used to penetrate the security of computer networks and to provide comprehensive solutions to reduce these breaches.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and explain the ethical and legal issues surrounding information security, which include information privacy and legitimacy.
  4. Evaluate and analyze the local and international breaches that may occur to the information systems.
  5. Develop solutions to protect computer networks and information from threats and intrusions on both internal and external scales.

Duration of Study in the Program

4 semesters, 36 credit hours (12 courses).


Career Opportunities for Graduates of the Program

Project Manager.

Information Security Analyst/administrator.

Cyber Security Manager/director.

Cyber Security Analyst/administrator.

Information Security Manager/director.

Information Technology Manager/director.

Network Security Manager/director.

Network Security Analyst/administrator.

Educational and Academic field occupations in General and Higher Education Institutions.

  • The Master of Cyber Security program contains 12 courses, three credit hours each, distributed over four semesters.
  • The program is only offered in English.

Coding ​ Course Name Credit Hours Prerequisite​
Level One
CS501 Research Methods in Computational Studies 3
CS507 Introduction to Cyber Security and Digital Crime 3
CS512 Cryptography Fundamentals 3
Level Two
CS564 Cyber Defense in Web Based Attacks 3/lab CS507
CS566 Securing Enterprise Infrastructure using Cyber Security Techniques 3/lab CS507
CS663 Digital Forensics and Investigations 3/lab CS507
Level Three
CS613 Security Threats and Countermeasures in Complex Organizational Networks 3/lab CS507
CS642 Innovative Solutions in Software Security 3/lab CS507, CS564
CS645 Information Security Management, Legal and Ethical Issues 3 CS507
Level Four
CS666 Advanced Principles of Cyber Security 3/lab CS507, CS564
CS683 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 3/lab CS564
CS698 Capstone Project in Cyber Security 3 Department Approval
To view the study plan files

Master in Cyber S​ecurity​ plan Click Here