Information Assurance and Cyber Security (BCS)

Accredited by CNSS

(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. 

In 2013, the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program reviewed courseware in this curriculum and 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 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
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
CIT160 Introduction to Programming 3  
EET145 Networking I 4  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits
MTH240 Calculus I 4  
CIT260 Programming II 3  
EET245 Networking II 4  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third Semester Credits
CIT240 Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3  
CIT180 Introduction to Database 3  
MGT115 Principles of Management 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth Semester Credits
BCS Directed Information Assurance and Cyber Security Elective 3  
CIT281 Secure Database Development 3  
ACC113 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fifth Semester Credits
CIT230 Fundamentals of Information Security 3  
CIT246 System Analysis I 3  
CIT335 Fundamentals of Cryptography 3  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
SPC Speech Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth Semester Credits
IAS311 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 3  
IAS312 Network Defense 3  
IAS411 Information Security Policy 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
LAS350 Legal Issues in Information Security Management 3  Science, Technology and Society Requirement
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Seventh Semester Credits
IAS412 IAS Awareness, Training, and Education 3  
IAS413 Contingency Planning 3  
IAS461 Secure System Accreditation and Certification 3  
IAS492A IAS Seminar I 1  
MGT410 Management of Organizational Behavior 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits
IAS466 Risk Analyst Capstone 3  
CIT430 Information Security Forensics and Incident Response 3  
IAS490 Advanced Topics in Information Assurance and Security 3  
IAS492B IAS Seminar II 1  
ART Art Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
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