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Information Technology: Information Assurance and Security Concentration (BIS)

(Effective Fall 2012)

This major prepares students to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems, and procedures. The curriculum includes instruction in programming and systems analysis; networking; telecommunications; cryptography; security system design; applicable laws and regulations; risk assessment and policy analysis; contingency planning; user access issues; digital investigation techniques; and troubleshooting. The Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program has reviewed this curriculum and has validated that Penn College courses meet all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011. Additionally, this program was developed to meet the requirements of CNSSI 4013 for System Administrators, NSTISSI 4015 for System Certifiers, and CNSSI 4016 for Risk Analysis.

Career Opportunities

This major prepares students for positions that may include systems administrators/analysts, network architects, data communications analyst, information systems administrators, software development engineers, network administrators, information and cyber security specialists, antivirus software managers, and related positions.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students would benefit from high school course work in algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus, English, writing, speech, and computer literacy.

Special Equipment Needs

LAPTOP REQUIREMENT: laptop/notebook computer required for enrollment in IAS major courses. Specifications are available on the Information Assurance and Security web page.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies.  Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm).  Students will not be allowed to enroll in required Information Technology (CIT) and Security (IAS) courses until all remediation of mathematics (through MTH006) is complete. 

Transfer Procedures

Students seeking entrance through transfer should strive to take courses at their respective institutions that provide competency in the following areas: programming, two semesters minimum (same language preferred); database; Web technologies; networking, two semesters minimum; Unix and/or Linux; and calculus for engineering or math majors. Students transferring from institutions that have articulation agreements with Penn College should seek advisement from their respective institutions.

Program Goals

Graduates of this major should be able to:

  • apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to information assurance and security (IAS).
  • analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing and IAS requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • design, implement, secure, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
  • function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • recognize the need for and engage in continuing professional development.
  • use current concepts, techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing and IAS practice.
  • participate in activities required to address organizational risk management, incident response, or a system audit, as well as those required to integrate the recommended solutions into the organization.
  • apply IAS best practices and standards in their work.
  • participate in the creation of an effective project plan.

Performance Standards

Students must complete all required courses in the Information Technology: Information Assurance and Security Concentration major (those with the alpha-designators BWM, CIT, EET, IAS, LAS, MIS, and MTH) with a grade of "C" or higher.

Curriculum

First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
CIT160Introduction to Programming 3 
EET145Networking I 4 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
BWM150Introduction to Web Page Development 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second SemesterCredits
MTH240Calculus I 4 
CIT180Introduction to Database 3 
EET245Networking II 4 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
or
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
or
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
or
ARTArt Elective 3 
or
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
or
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
or
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third SemesterCredits
CIT240Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3 
CIT260Programming II 3 
MGT115Principles of Management 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth SemesterCredits
BISDirected Information Assurance & Security Elective 3 
ACC113Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
or
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
or
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
or
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
or
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fifth SemesterCredits
CIT230Fundamentals of Information Security 3 
CIT246System Analysis I 3 
CIT335Fundamentals of Cryptography 3 
MTH160Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 
SPCSpeech Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth SemesterCredits
IAS311Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 3 
IAS411Information Security Policy 3 Writing Enriched Requirement
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 
LAS350Legal Issues in Information Security Management 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Seventh SemesterCredits
IASInformation Assurance and Security Elective 3 
IASInformation Assurance and Security Elective 3 
IAS492AIAS Seminar I 1 
MGT410Management of Organizational Behavior 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth SemesterCredits
IAS436Capstone: Secure Systems Administrator 3 
or
IAS456Capstone: Secure System Auditing 3 
or
IAS466Risk Analyst Capstone 3 
CIT430Information Security Forensics and Incident Response 3 
IAS490Advanced Topics in Information Assurance and Security 3 
IAS492BIAS Seminar II 1 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
TOTAL CREDITS 14

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