(Effective Fall 2015)

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, databases, and systems analysis; networking, cryptography; penetration testing and network defense, security system design; applicable law and regulations; risk assessment and policy analysis; contingency planning; user access issues; investigation techniques; and troubleshooting. 

This program was developed to meet both the 2 year and 4 year core knowledge units as published in the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (IA/CD) Knowledge Units, a jointly sponsored effort by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In addition to the core knowledge units, this curriculum has also implemented several optional knowledge units associated with forensics; compliance and standards; penetration testing and cyber operations; risk analysis; and certification & accreditation.

Career Opportunities

This major prepares students for positions that may include systems administrators or analysts, information systems administrators, network administrators, information and cyber security specialists, information technology auditors, penetration testers, risk analysts, antivirus software managers, and related positions. 

Remediation Strategies

Students must meet the placement requirements as specified by the college catalog.  Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).  Students will not be allowed to enroll in required information technology (CIT) and security (IAS) courses until after 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); database; 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:

 1. Identify and define the risks associated with the need for protecting information assets 
 2. Identify and define the requirements that must be satisfied to address the risks associated with protecting information assets
 3. Analyze the requirements for designing information security solutions
 4. Employ current best practices when designing information security solutions and assessing their effectiveness 
 5. Use effective collaboration skills when working in a team
 6. Use effective communication skills when writing and speaking

Performance Standards

Students must complete all required courses in the Information Assurance and Cyber Security major (those with the alpha-designators CIT, EET, IAS, LAS, and MTH) with a grade of "C" or higher.  Additionally, any course approved for use as the IAS elective must also be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
CIT160 Introduction to Programming 3 3 M REQ
EET145 Networking I 4 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
MTH240 Calculus I 4 4 M REQ
CIT260 Programming II 3 3 M REQ
EET245 Networking II 4 3 3 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT240 Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3 3 M REQ
CIT180 Introduction to Database 3 3 M REQ
MGT115 Principles of Management 3 3 S REQ
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3   S COR
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCS Directed Information Assurance and Cyber Security Elective 3   M BCS
CIT281 Secure Database Development 3 3 M REQ
ACC113 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 3 S REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT230 Fundamentals of Information Security 3 3 M REQ
CIT246 System Analysis I 3 3 M REQ
CIT335 Fundamentals of Cryptography 3 3 M REQ
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 M REQ
SPC Speech Elective 3   S SPC
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
IAS311 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 3 3 M REQ
IAS312 Network Defense 3 3 M REQ
IAS411 Information Security Policy 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
LAS350 Legal Issues in Information Security Management 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
IAS412 IAS Awareness, Training, and Education 3 3 M REQ
IAS413 Contingency Planning 3 3 M REQ
IAS461 Secure System Accreditation and Certification 3 3 M REQ
IAS492A IAS Seminar I 1 1 M REQ
MGT410 Management of Organizational Behavior 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
IAS466 Risk Analyst Capstone 3 3 M REQ
CIT430 Information Security Forensics and Incident Response 3 3 M REQ
IAS490 Advanced Topics in Information Assurance and Security 3 3 M REQ
IAS492B IAS Seminar II 1 1 M REQ
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 16