As a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, the Information Assurance Undergraduate program offers tremendous opportunities that are excellent preparation for an advanced degree in information assurance/security. The program provides flexibility that prepares the student with the foundational education experience in an applied professional track leading to employment after graduation in the IA field. With the merger of Network Security there are four unique concentrations for students to choose from: IA Management, Applied IA , IA cryptography and Network Security/Administration.
The term “information assurance” encompasses the scientific, technical, and management disciplines required to ensure computer and network security, such as:
• Digital forensic Investigations
• Systems/network administration and operation
• Systems security engineering
• Information assurance systems and product acquisition
• Threat and vulnerability assessment
• Web security
• Computer emergency response team operations
• Information assurance training education and management
• Defensive information operations
• Cyber crime investigation
• Offensive computer security
The unique interdisciplinary nature of information assurance requires a diverse educational approach. Most of today’s computer science programs are not sufficiently prepared to educate tomorrow’s cyber defenders. The purpose of this undergraduate interdisciplinary program is to:
• Meet society’s need for educated professionals in information assurance.
• Provide its graduates with the knowledge and skills required to protect the informational technology needs of society which includes all government branches and the private sector.
• To propagate a new generation of research scientists in information assurance.