The University of Maine System Cyber Defense program contains three parts: general education courses, cybersecurity core courses, and any focus/specialty areas added by the institution.

The Core Courses consist of the following topics: 

Intro to Computer Science
Intro to Information Security
Intro to Programming
Computer Programming
Cyber Ethics
Network Security
Operating Systems Security
Cybersecurity Internship
Cyber Defense

The Knowledge Units (KU’s) consist of the following areas: 

Foundational KU’s
Cybersecurity Foundations
Cybersecurity Principles
IT Systems Components

Core Technical KU’s
Basic Cryptography
Basic Networking
Basic Scripting and Programming
Network Defense
Operating Systems Concepts

Core Non-Technical KU’s
Cyber Threats
Cybersecurity Planning and Management
Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Compliance
Security Program Management
Security Risk Analysis
Advanced Network Technology and Protocols
Basic Cyber Operations
Digital Forensics
IA Architectures
IA Standards
Network Security Administration
Network Technology and Protocols
Operating Systems Theory


The cyber curriculum path relates to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework. The NICE Framework (NIST SP 800-181) provides a blueprint to categorize, organize, and describe cybersecurity work into Categories, Specialty Areas, Work Roles, tasks, and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). The NICE Framework provides a common language to speak about cybersecurity roles and jobs.