Computer Requirements

The MS in Cybersecurity Program is a highly technical, laboratory intensive degree that is accessible from the comfort of your own home. A Chromebook, tablet, smart phone, or minimally equipped computer is not sufficient to run the real-world software used in the projects and labs. In order to progress smoothly through the courses, you must use a laptop or desktop computer that meets or exceeds the following standards:

  • Hardware
    • Intel-compatible, 64-bit, dual core processor (faster is preferred)
    • 8GB of RAM (12+ GB of RAM is highly recommended)
    • 100GB+ of free storage (over the duration of the program, not all at once)
    • Windows 10 (recent release) or Mac OS Sierra or newer
    • Camera, microphone, and headset for class sessions held via video conferencing
  • Software
    • Administrative rights to the computer and the ability to install software and change system settings
    • Virtualization support enabled in the computer BIOS. This is often called Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X) or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V)
    • Virtualization software
      • VMWare Workstation 14 (for Windows, paid product)
      • VMWare Fusion 10 (for Mac, paid product)
      • Virtual Box (for Windows or Mac, free product)
    • Networking
      • High-speed internet with a connection speed of 3Mbit/s or above for class sessions held via video conferencing
      • Certain courses may require large files (15-25GB) to be downloaded to your computer in order to accomplish required laboratory activities

When participating in class sessions held via video conferencing, consider your physical location carefully. Joining the class from a noisy coffee shop over weak public WiFi will give you a degraded video experience and impair your ability to participate fully in the interactive classroom experience. Joining the class from a quiet room, with a stable Internet connection, and using a microphone/headset will give you an optimal learning experience.