The School of Information Security and Applied Computing offers two different degree paths:
Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense program. This program prepares prospective students with the knowledge and skillset necessary for future computing and cyber security professionals to build, maintain and protect networks and computer systems in both government and industry.
Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance
This degree path is no longer accepting new students; only students on articulation agreements will be admitted. This program prepares the student in one of four concentrations:
Information Assurance Management
Information assurance management will enable the student to focus on management of information systems. The practice of vulnerability, risk, countermeasures and ethics enable the IA manager to meet cyber security in the 21st century. This concentration of study will enable that management oriented student to apply secure computing concepts in the protection of cyberspace.
Information Assurance Applied
Applied information assurance management prepares the student with hands-on applications for analysis, prevention, deterrence and countermeasures of information security and integrity in the global arena. Students who select this concentration of study will find that hands-on application will enable them to embrace the concepts studied in lecture format and apply those concepts in a laboratory setting. Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation are critical in today's security fields.
Information Assurance Encryption
Information assurance encryption will prepare the students for master’s or doctoral work. The sustained and rapid advance of information technology in the 21st century dictates the adoption of a flexible and adaptable cryptographic strategy for protecting national security information. This strategy complements the existing policy for the use of the advanced encryption standard (AES) to protect national security systems and information as specified in The National Policy on the Use of the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to Protect National Security Systems and National Security Information (CNSSP-15)
Information Assurance Network Security
The Network Security and Administration concentration prepares the student with hands-on applications for administration, design, and implementation of secure computer networks. Students will learn to administer network environments to be scalable, secure and available.
Both programs have been designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Security Agency (NSA) as the Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Defense (CD) education (DHS/NSA CAE-IA/CD). The program is classified as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program.