Outside the Classroom

Compete as a team

As a student in the Cybersecurity program, you will have the opportunity to compete as part of our Cyber-Defense Team, our Binary Bears computer programming team, or both. In addition to honing your technical skills, these teams offer you the chance to:

  • Develop your ability to work as part of a team
  • Build your capacity to work under pressure
  • Grow relationships outside the classroom

Dive into research

Working with a faculty member on cybersecurity research will help prepare you for continued graduate study or a career in the field. Our students are encouraged to reach out to faculty about research opportunities.

Gain practical experience

Mercer offers a cybersecurity practical experience program through the cybersecurity lab. In this program, students will administer IT resources that support real-world applications and services. Some of the services provided through the cybersecurity lab are:

  • The Cyberlab website
  • VPN service
  • Active directory domain
  • Database service
  • Router/firewall (Palo-Alto and PfSense)
  • DNS service
  • DHCP service
  • Security Operations Center (using Security Onion, ELK, and Splunk)

Students participating in the cybersecurity practice experience program will gain real-world experience across the following cybersecurity work roles:

  • System administration and security
  • Network administration and security
  • Secure-software development (DevSecOps)
  • Security operations and automation
  • Penetration testing

Participate in an internship

Internships are a great way to put your skills to use and have a real-world impact. Internship opportunities will be posted on the Computer Science Department’s information board and sent directly to students throughout the academic year.

Student seated at 2019 commencement

Postgraduate Opportunities

Cybersecurity is a fast-growing field. As a graduate of our Cybersecurity program, you will find yourself prepared for a successful career in the industry or ready to take on more advanced academic studies, whichever you choose.