Information Security Minor

Andrew Marshall, Program Director, Department of Computer Science

Information Security Program

Affiliated Faculty
Michael Lapke, College of Business
Mukesh Srivastava, College of Business

Information Security refers to the processes and methodologies that are designed and implemented to protect data from unauthorized access, misuse, modification, and disruption. In today’s highly connected world our sensitive data and systems are increasingly in peril, and there is a growing need for knowledgeable professionals who can develop, use, and manage best practices and tools. This presents an opportunity for students in a variety of majors who are passionate about security.

The Information Security Minor provides students with a broad introduction to current security-related topics. It not only gives the student a solid foundation in security fundamentals but also flexibly combines with a number of majors, such as Business, Computer Science, and Mathematics. This allows the student to position him or herself for a particular area of the information security job market, from managerial to software development. The minor includes in-depth and hands-on exposure to several key areas of information security such as system/OS security, penetration testing, and software security, thus allowing the student to obtain hands-on practical experience in these areas.

Requirements for the Information Security minor:  Seventeen (17) credits to include CPSC 220; CPSC 225; CPSC 414; 3 elective credits between CPSC 345 or MIST 411; 3 elective credits between MIST 444 or CPSC 445; 3 elective credits from among CPSC 302 or BUAD 464 or PHIL 225.