Program Details

Program Outline

The Information Assurance and Security specialization program is designed for students looking to pursue career opportunities in the growing fields of digital security, information collection and preservation and security system creation. Students can learn to work with security software, administer security systems and identify potential security threats organizations may face in a variety of real-world situations.

You Can Learn How to:

  • Summarize details of essential computer concepts.
  • Use an operating system interface to access, add, troubleshoot and configure hardware and manage files.
  • Implement a relational database management system utilizing the concepts of database design and data modeling.
  • Develop business applications using programming languages, tools and software development methodologies.
  • Manage security threats and risks by applying industry-best practices to assure information integrity, confidentiality, availability, non-repudiation and authenticity.
  • Apply best practices and effective procedures to current and relevant information security and assurance problems and challenges
  • Create and implement computer and system network defense, both in basic forms and in detail
  • Evaluate existing security programs and systems for threats and learn how to fix those threats
  • Develop solutions and practices that can be applied to network security maintenance and integrity
  • Understand the components and requirements of system security procedures, as well as professional industry expectations

Requirements

General Education

ENG 106 English Composition I

4.5

ENG 107 English Composition II

1.5

HIST 105 U.S. History

4.5

HUMA 205 Art Appreciation

4.5

MATH 133 College Algebra

4.5

MATH 233 Survey of Calculus

4.5

PRES 111 Presentation Essentials

4.5

SSCI 206 Aspects of Psychology

4.5

SCIE 206 Biology

4.5

SCIE 207 Biology Lab

4.5

SCIE 210 Environmental Science

4.5

SCIE 211 Environmental Science Lab

4.5

General Education Electives (1)

4.5

Total Credit Hours: 52.5

 

General Electives

General Electives -Upper and Lower Division
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

 

Lower Division Core

COMP 101 Introduction to Computers

4.5

COMP 102 Introduction to Computers Lab

1.5

ITCO 101 Discovering Information Technology

4.5

ITCO 103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware

4.5

ITCO 105 Information Technology and Society

4.5

ITCO 211 Introduction to Operating Systems

4.5

ITCO 221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic

4.5

ITCO 231 Introduction to Databases

4.5

ITCO 251 Network Infrastructure Basics

4.5

Total Credit Hours: 37.5

Upper Division Core

ITCO 321 Data Structures and Implementation

4.5

ITCO 361 Information Technology Security

4.5

ITCO 381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media

4.5

ITCO 391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions

4.5

ITSD 322 Object Oriented Application Development I

4.5

Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Information Assurance and Security 

ITCO 299 Comprehensive IT Project

4.5

ITCO 341 Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT

4.5

ITCO 425 System Architecture and Integration

4.5

ITCO 498 Program Capstone for IT

4.5

ITAS 362 Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security

4.5

ITAS 363 Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security

4.5

ITAS 365 Information Systems Control and Auditing

4.5

ITAS 367 Principles and Methods in Cryptographic Security

4.5

ITAS 465 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing

4.5

ITAS 469 IT Governance for Information Security Managers

4.5

Classes Overview

At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:

Information Systems Control and Auditing

The course covers the essential subjects and topics in information systems control, including types of audits, types of audit risks, frameworks for management and application controls, audit software and tools, concurrent auditing techniques, data integrity, system effectiveness, IT services delivery, life cycle management, information asset protection, IT governance, business continuity, and system efficiency. Also covered are processes for creating information systems audit and reviewing audit reports.

Principles and Methods in Cryptographic Security

This course covers the mathematical background to cryptography as well as providing a comprehensive review of contemporary cryptographic technologies, as applied to computer and network operations. Topics include determining the appropriate cryptographic targets and methods, digital key management, cryptographic vulnerabilities, and implementation of effective cryptographic methodologies to secure enterprise-wide information systems.

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