B.S. in Computer Science with Concentration in Information Security Administration

Securing information and guarding private data have become a critical need and activity for individuals, businesses, industries, and the government.  The developments in Big Data and the Internet of Things are revolutionizing the operation of businesses and governments, and improving the quality of life. At the same time, they are exposing the vulnerabilities of our systems and infrastructures to malicious attacks. The demand for well trained professionals to develop the programs and to administer the systems that deter these attacks is also expanding.  The concentration in Information Security Administration has been developed to train Computer Science majors in the growing and important field of national and international cybersecurity administration.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Fairleigh Dickinson University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE/CDE) through the academic year 2020.

The Information Security Administration concentration of the B.S. Computer Science program helps students learn the principles and practices of administering information assurance and to develop algorithms, systems, and tools for this domain. The Metropolitan Campus enjoys the proximity of New York City with its major financial institutions and government agencies. The School also has strong relationships with companies in the Northern NJ and New York City that help students to expand their experiential learning opportunities.

Courses in this concentration will cover a range of topics, ranging from an overview of Information Security policies, to the provision of programs, services and mechanisms of information assurance. Students will learn the policies related to assurance of data confidentiality, integrity, and availability. They will become familiar with risk assessment and control, and with the business continuity principles. They will be able to securely administer computing, networking, and database systems. Additionally, they will learn the essential mechanisms of information assurance such as encryption, public key infrastructure, intrusion detection and protection, and firewall administration.

Concentration Requirements (18 credits):
Required Courses (18 credits)
CSCI2215     Introduction to Computer Science*
CSCI2232     Data Structures*
CSCI3268     Database Systems*
CSCI2235     Survey of Computing Security
CSCI3274     Linux System Administration
CSCI3783     Information Security
* These courses are already included in the Computer Science Core Requirements.
The students completing a B.S. degree in Computer Science with concentrations in Cybersecurity & Information Assurance and Information Security Administration are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion of a NSA & DHS designated CAE/CDE program of study.