National Security Telecommunications and Systems Security
Competency Credential

This curriculum provides the minimum course content for the training of information systems security (INFOSEC) professionals in the disciplines of telecommunications security and automated information systems (AIS) security, as established by the National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Instruction (NSTISSI).

Program Specs

Open House

Open House

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Our IT Security Lab houses 18 workstations and 5 servers with a variety of virtualized environments. This lab is isolated from the rest of the college network and uses an exclusive internet connection, allowing experimentation and hands-on experience with biometric, forensic, and cryptographic tools.
Our Networking Lab is equipped with 24 networked computers using various up-to-date operating systems and software.
National Security Telecommunications and Systems Security

About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Special Purpose Labs

Our IT majors are supported by four special purpose computing labs (networking, IT security, GNU/Linux, and Mac OS), with advanced video cards and industry standard software packages. Our lab coordinator also maintains a Linux-based Apache Web server, an Oracle database server, and several GNU/Linux servers.

After graduation

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wage for information security analysts was $86,170 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $49,960, and the top 10 percent earned more than $135,600.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 20,040 $44.17 $91,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,810 $40.63 $84,500
Depository Credit Intermediation 5,000 $42.38 $88,150
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,930 $47.84 $99,500
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 2,970 $54.84 $114,070

*Statistics reported in May 2012

Performance Standards

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Internship Recommendation

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Transfer Procedures

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

A laptop/notebook computer is required for enrollment in all IT major courses CIT 160 and higher. Specifications

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store and Penn State Computer Store.

Clubs & Activities

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter

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Gamers' Guild

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Information Technology Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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