(Effective Fall 2020)

The Information Assurance and Cyber Security major prepares students to be professionals in the information assurance and cybersecurity community. Through more than a dozen information security courses, students are provided both a broad and specific understanding of the various aspects of information assurance and security. While technical skills lay the foundation for student success, coursework includes advanced analysis skills and theoretical knowledge that enables students to better recognize the entire scope of issues critical to the business processes of both public and private organizations.

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. 

Recommended High School Subjects

A strong background in English, mathematics through at least algebra, and science is desired. A familiarity with computer equipment and software is also desired.

Remediation Strategies

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 EET) 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 planning to transfer from another college and wanting specific course advice should consult with the IT faculty at Penn College.

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 1.0 .50 1.50 S REQ
CIT160 Introduction to Programming 3.0 3 M REQ
EET145 Networking I 4.0 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3.0 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3.0 3 S REQ
MGT115 Principles of Management 3.0 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17.0
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
MTH240 Calculus I 4.0 4 M REQ
CIT260 Programming II 3.0 3 M REQ
EET247 Networking II 4.0 3 3 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3.0 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3.0 3 S REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3.0 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17.0
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT240 Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3.0 3 M REQ
CIT180 Introduction to Database 3.0 3 M REQ
SCI Science Elective 3.0   S SCI
MTH161 Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications 3.5 3 1.50 M REQ
CIT230 Fundamentals of Information Security 3.0 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15.5
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT246 System Analysis I 3.0 3 M REQ
CIT281 Secure Database Development 3.0 3 M REQ
IAS211 Information Security Tools for Code and Data Analysis 3.0 3 M REQ
IAS311 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 3.0 3 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3.0   S OEA
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1.0   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCS Directed Information Assurance and Cyber Security Elective 3.0   M BCS
OEE Exploration Electives 3.0   S OEE
CIT335 Fundamentals of Cryptography 3.0 3 M REQ
SCL Science Elective with lab 4.0   S SCL
IAS312 Network Defense 3.0 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCS Directed Information Assurance and Cyber Security Elective 3.0   M BCS
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3.0   S HIP
IAS411 Information Security Policy 3.0 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
LAS350 Legal Issues in Information Security Management 3.0 Science, Technology and Society Requirement 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1.0   S FIT
MGT410 Management of Organizational Behavior 3.0 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
IAS412 IAS Awareness, Training, and Education 3.0 3 M REQ
IAS413 Contingency Planning 3.0 3 M REQ
IAS461 Secure System Accreditation and Certification 3.0 3 M REQ
IAS492A IAS Seminar I 1.0 1 M REQ
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3.0   S SSP
OEE Exploration Electives 3.0   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
IAS466 Risk Analyst Capstone 3.0 3 M REQ
CIT430 Information Security Forensics and Incident Response 3.0 3 M REQ
IAS490 Advanced Topics in Information Assurance and Security 3.0 3 M REQ
IAS492B IAS Seminar II 1.0 1 M REQ
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3.0   S ARP
OEA Open Elective 3.0   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0