Information Security and Assurance

BTech Degree – Code #2085

The Bachelor of Technology degree in information security and assurance at Alfred State is designed to prepare graduates to enter the work force as information security professionals with a special emphasis in network and host security, secure programming, and database applications. A four-course sequence in security is provided. The programming language sequence includes modern languages such as VB.NET, Java, and C++. In addition, students receive a sound foundation in Web development, networking, and microcomputer systems. The department has a Cisco-certified academy, and the college has a Pearson Vue testing center. Students completing course work will have a strong foundation to obtain the following professional certifications: Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA), CCNA Security, Security+, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, and Network+. Additional upper-level courses are provided in management, oral and written communication, and business. A full semester internship is included.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the information security and assurance program. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES

Articulation agreements have been established with many community colleges and additional agreements are in development. It is possible, with careful selection of courses, to transfer from a variety of associate degrees, including computer information systems, information technology, computer science, and others. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students will be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in information technology. The computer information systems degree (AAS) at Alfred State is especially well suited for transfer into the bachelor's degree at the junior level.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Organizations of all types and sizes need information technology professionals and emphasis on security has never been higher. The primary employment field includes security IT specialists, Virtual Private Network administrators, authentication specialists, database administrators, programmers, and system analysts. Due to the solid foundation in other areas, graduates will not be limited to these areas; thus, the job opportunities are wide and numerous.

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ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required:

Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.