Information Technology: Information Assurance and Security Concentration
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

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 computer architecture, programming, and systems analysis; networking; telecommunications; cryptography; security system design; applicable laws and regulations; risk assessment and policy analysis; contingency planning; user access issues; 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.

Program Specs

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About the curriculum

Classes

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Accreditation & Industry Connections
CNSS
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

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

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

Internship Recommendation

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Special Admissions Requirement

Special Considerations: Many jobs in information security will require background checks and/or security clearances. Ethical behavior is necessary if a student expects to succeed in this field. Additionally, due to the rigorous math requirements of this program, prospective students should consider applying early and remediating needed classes (such as Algebra or Pre-Calculus) prior to entering your first semester at Penn College.

Performance Standards

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Transfer Procedures

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

LAPTOP REQUIREMENT: laptop/notebook computer required for enrollment in IAS major courses. 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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