Penn State World will begin offering a cyber-security degree in fall 2012. Designed for adults with an associate degree, and active duty and former members of the military, the new Bachelor of Computer Science with a specialization in security and risk analysis also includes National Security Agency certification as an information systems security professional.
The degree is designed to provide students with the skillset required to perform information assurance, intelligence analysis, and cyber forensics. The degree website states that students will be “introduced to the tools and skills needed determine the required confidentially, integrity, and availability of an asset.”
To help with asset assessment, students will be taught how to design secure systems, as well evaluate the risks in already existing systems. Students will also become familiar with the theories and technologies necessary to identify network vulnerability and protect critical infrastructure from both independently originated and state-sponsored cyber threats.
In addition to traditional computer science courses—like introduction to C++ programming and decision theory and analysis— courses specific to cyber security, such as classes on the threats of terrorism and crime, are embedded in the core curriculum of the 120 hour degree program.
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