Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) Degree with a Specialization in
Information Assurance and Security

IT security gaps can put even the most successful businesses at risk. A degree in information assurance and security can help you learn to spot weaknesses, create security protocols and devise new ways to protect an organization’s digital assets.

Next Online Start Date:

December 27, 2017

Total Credits:

180

Offered:

Online
Houston

Program Details

From mission-critical business systems to e-commerce and the Internet, IT is not only an industry in its own right but also a fundamental building block of all other industries. AIU offers an industry-current BSIT program with an in-depth specialization in Information Assurance and Security designed to help students learn about the types of information technology security used in business today, as well as the practices that should be in place in any organization to ensure security.

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. The program also addresses issues of physical and operations security. The Information Assurance and Security specialization program is designed for students looking to pursue career opportunities in the fields of digital security, information collection and preservation, and security-system creation.

We can help you 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

Download program detail PDF

ACBSPUSNEWS-2017

Courses

Degree Requirements

Lower Division Core
COMP101 Introduction to Computers 4.5
COMP102 Introduction to Computers Lab 1.5
ITCO101 Discovering Information Technology 4.5
ITCO103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware 4.5
ITCO 105 Information Technology and Society 4.5
ITCO211 Introduction to Operating Systems 4.5
ITCO221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic 4.5
ITCO231 Introduction to Databases 4.5
ITCO251 Network Infrastructure Basics 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 37.5
Upper Division Core
ITCO321 Data Structures and Implementation 4.5
ITCO361 Information Technology Security 4.5
ITCO381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media 4.5
ITCO391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions 4.5
ITSD322 Object Oriented Application Development I 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Electives
General Electives -Upper and Lower Division 0
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
HIST105 U.S. History 4.5
HUMA215 Topics in Cultural Studies 4.5
MATH133 College Algebra 4.5
MATH233 Survey of Calculus 4.5
PRES111 Presentation Essentials 4.5
SSCI206 Aspects of Psychology 4.5
SCIE206 Biology 4.5
SCIE207 Biology Lab 1.5
SCIE210 Environmental Science 4.5
SCIE211 Environmental Science Lab 1.5
General Education Elective (1) 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 52.5
Information Assurance and Security
ITCO299 Comprehensive IT Project 4.5
ITCO341 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
ITAS362 Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security 4.5
ITAS363 Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security 4.5
ITAS365 Information Systems Control and Auditing 4.5
ITAS367 Principles and Methods in Cryptographic Security 4.5
ITAS465 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 4.5
ITAS469 IT Governance for Information Security Managers 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 45

Total Credit Hours: 180


This program includes a series of courses that correlate to the respective content and competencies of the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certification exams offered by CompTIA¹. This credential can serve as independent validation of the knowledge and skills required to be successful and useful in the fields of information technology, cyber security and computer networking.

AIU B.S.I.T. students will be eligible to receive a discounted rate for the CompTIA examination fee² once all of the following courses have been successfully completed in residence with the universityᶟ:

CompTIA A+ Certification 
CompTIA Network+ Certification  CompTIA Security+ Certification 
ITCO 101 - Discovering Information Technology ITCO 251 - Network Infrastructure Basics ITCO 361 - Information Technology Security
ITCO 103 - Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware ITNA 353 - Routing and Switching ITAS 362 - Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security
ITCO 211 - Operating Systems ITNA 355 - Advanced Routing and Switching ITAS 363 - Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security 
  ITNA 357 - Network Security Management  
  ITNA 457 - Specialized Network Administration  


For more information on the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certifications, including exam objectives, sample questions, and certification information, please visit http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications.aspx.

¹American InterContinental University does not prepare students to take the exam necessary to receive the A+, Security+ or Network+ credential. AIU does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AIU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AIU. Therefore, AIU cannot guarantee that students and graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of eligibility status upon enrollment and/or graduation.

²Students must contact the office of the Registrar in order to receive the promo code for the discounted exam rate.

ᶟIn order to receive the discounted CompTIA exam rate, the listed courses must be completed in residence at American InterContinental University.

For a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Information Assurance and Security, your classes may include:

Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security

This class provides students with an overview of network security principles and implementation techniques. Topics covered include authentication issues; examples of attacks and malicious code that may be used against networks, and the countermeasures against these; examples of perimeter and interior attacks; and protecting network services. Additional topics may include risk management and assessment, understanding and developing security policy, and protective technologies, such as firewall, intrusion detection systems and the use of encryption.

Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security

This course covers network security principles and implementation techniques. Topics covered include examples of attacks and countermeasures for securing e-mail, definitions and principles underpinning all IT security, security management, and security architectures. Fundamental concepts, principles, and practical networking and internetworking issues relevant to the design, analysis, and implementation of enterprise-level trusted networked information systems are also covered.

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.

Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing

This course covers techniques that hackers use to circumvent security and penetrate computers and computer networks. Topics covered include legal framework for conduction penetration testing, foot-printing, social engineering, host reconnaissance, session hijacking methods, denial of service, exploits of web server vulnerabilities, breach of database security, password crackers, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and firewalls circumvention, routers and switches services disruption, scanning and penetration of wireless networks, and overflow attacks methods and prevention. Other topics covered include creating, using, and preventing Trojan Horses, viruses, and other backdoor hostile codes.

IT Governance for Information Security Managers

This course covers enterprise IT governance framework, enterprise security governance framework, business-based investment decisions, maturity practices, compliance issues, IT security strategies, privacy regulations, computer misuse, and incident investigation procedures.

Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT

In this course, students will examine the essential mathematics and logic skills required in Information Technology areas such as networking, systems administration, security, programming, database management, and computer hardware. Students will build on their mathematical proficiency to prepare for the challenges they are likely to encounter as an IT professional. This course discusses the importance of discrete mathematics, probability and statistics in IT. Students in this course will further their understanding of discrete mathematics and statistics necessary for application development and systems analysis. Students will also learn how to apply statistical techniques to improve the performance of IT systems. Real-world scenarios and problems from the IT industry are included throughout this course.

System Architecture and Integration

In this course, students will analyze the system integration requirements and apply appropriate frameworks, methodologies, and techniques that are used to manage, administer, acquire, develop, implement, and integrate enterprise systems.

Comprehensive IT Project

In this lower division capstone course, students will examine IT project management and systems architecture. Topics covered include project management concepts of time, scope, and costs, as well as systems architecture, sourcing, acquisition, development, and deployment processes.

Information Technology Security

This survey course covers information security concepts and mechanisms. Information security concepts reviewed may include data protection techniques, software security, information assurance process, enterprise network security, and attack types/countermeasures.

Data Structures and Implementation

This course will introduce students to basic data structures and algorithms which are to be used as tools in designing solutions to real-life problems. Students will become familiar with the specification, usage, implementation and analysis of basic data structures and algorithms.

Program Capstone for IT

This course offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their level of understanding regarding the application of information technology concepts, technologies, and methodologies. Students are expected to employ their knowledge about hardware, systems, applications, and security management.


View the Course Catalog

Course content subject to change.

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience

Program Outline

From mission-critical business systems to e-commerce and the Internet, IT is not only an industry in its own right but also a fundamental building block of all other industries. AIU offers an industry-current BSIT program with an in-depth specialization in Information Assurance and Security designed to help students learn about the types of information technology security used in business today, as well as the practices that should be in place in any organization to ensure security.

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. The program also addresses issues of physical and operations security. The Information Assurance and Security specialization program is designed for students looking to pursue career opportunities in the fields of digital security, information collection and preservation, and security-system creation.

We can help you 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

Download program detail PDF

ACBSPUSNEWS-2017

Courses

Degree Requirements

Lower Division Core
COMP101 Introduction to Computers 4.5
COMP102 Introduction to Computers Lab 1.5
ITCO101 Discovering Information Technology 4.5
ITCO103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware 4.5
ITCO 105 Information Technology and Society 4.5
ITCO211 Introduction to Operating Systems 4.5
ITCO221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic 4.5
ITCO231 Introduction to Databases 4.5
ITCO251 Network Infrastructure Basics 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 37.5
Upper Division Core
ITCO321 Data Structures and Implementation 4.5
ITCO361 Information Technology Security 4.5
ITCO381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media 4.5
ITCO391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions 4.5
ITSD322 Object Oriented Application Development I 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Electives
General Electives -Upper and Lower Division 0
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
HIST105 U.S. History 4.5
HUMA215 Topics in Cultural Studies 4.5
MATH133 College Algebra 4.5
MATH233 Survey of Calculus 4.5
PRES111 Presentation Essentials 4.5
SSCI206 Aspects of Psychology 4.5
SCIE206 Biology 4.5
SCIE207 Biology Lab 1.5
SCIE210 Environmental Science 4.5
SCIE211 Environmental Science Lab 1.5
General Education Elective (1) 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 52.5
Information Assurance and Security
ITCO299 Comprehensive IT Project 4.5
ITCO341 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
ITAS362 Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security 4.5
ITAS363 Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security 4.5
ITAS365 Information Systems Control and Auditing 4.5
ITAS367 Principles and Methods in Cryptographic Security 4.5
ITAS465 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 4.5
ITAS469 IT Governance for Information Security Managers 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 45

Total Credit Hours: 180


This program includes a series of courses that correlate to the respective content and competencies of the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certification exams offered by CompTIA¹. This credential can serve as independent validation of the knowledge and skills required to be successful and useful in the fields of information technology, cyber security and computer networking.

AIU B.S.I.T. students will be eligible to receive a discounted rate for the CompTIA examination fee² once all of the following courses have been successfully completed in residence with the universityᶟ:

CompTIA A+ Certification 
CompTIA Network+ Certification  CompTIA Security+ Certification 
ITCO 101 - Discovering Information Technology ITCO 251 - Network Infrastructure Basics ITCO 361 - Information Technology Security
ITCO 103 - Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware ITNA 353 - Routing and Switching ITAS 362 - Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security
ITCO 211 - Operating Systems ITNA 355 - Advanced Routing and Switching ITAS 363 - Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security 
  ITNA 357 - Network Security Management  
  ITNA 457 - Specialized Network Administration  


For more information on the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certifications, including exam objectives, sample questions, and certification information, please visit http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications.aspx.

¹American InterContinental University does not prepare students to take the exam necessary to receive the A+, Security+ or Network+ credential. AIU does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AIU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AIU. Therefore, AIU cannot guarantee that students and graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of eligibility status upon enrollment and/or graduation.

²Students must contact the office of the Registrar in order to receive the promo code for the discounted exam rate.

ᶟIn order to receive the discounted CompTIA exam rate, the listed courses must be completed in residence at American InterContinental University.

Classes Overview

For a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Information Assurance and Security, your classes may include:

Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security

This class provides students with an overview of network security principles and implementation techniques. Topics covered include authentication issues; examples of attacks and malicious code that may be used against networks, and the countermeasures against these; examples of perimeter and interior attacks; and protecting network services. Additional topics may include risk management and assessment, understanding and developing security policy, and protective technologies, such as firewall, intrusion detection systems and the use of encryption.

Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security

This course covers network security principles and implementation techniques. Topics covered include examples of attacks and countermeasures for securing e-mail, definitions and principles underpinning all IT security, security management, and security architectures. Fundamental concepts, principles, and practical networking and internetworking issues relevant to the design, analysis, and implementation of enterprise-level trusted networked information systems are also covered.

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.

Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing

This course covers techniques that hackers use to circumvent security and penetrate computers and computer networks. Topics covered include legal framework for conduction penetration testing, foot-printing, social engineering, host reconnaissance, session hijacking methods, denial of service, exploits of web server vulnerabilities, breach of database security, password crackers, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and firewalls circumvention, routers and switches services disruption, scanning and penetration of wireless networks, and overflow attacks methods and prevention. Other topics covered include creating, using, and preventing Trojan Horses, viruses, and other backdoor hostile codes.

IT Governance for Information Security Managers

This course covers enterprise IT governance framework, enterprise security governance framework, business-based investment decisions, maturity practices, compliance issues, IT security strategies, privacy regulations, computer misuse, and incident investigation procedures.

Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT

In this course, students will examine the essential mathematics and logic skills required in Information Technology areas such as networking, systems administration, security, programming, database management, and computer hardware. Students will build on their mathematical proficiency to prepare for the challenges they are likely to encounter as an IT professional. This course discusses the importance of discrete mathematics, probability and statistics in IT. Students in this course will further their understanding of discrete mathematics and statistics necessary for application development and systems analysis. Students will also learn how to apply statistical techniques to improve the performance of IT systems. Real-world scenarios and problems from the IT industry are included throughout this course.

System Architecture and Integration

In this course, students will analyze the system integration requirements and apply appropriate frameworks, methodologies, and techniques that are used to manage, administer, acquire, develop, implement, and integrate enterprise systems.

Comprehensive IT Project

In this lower division capstone course, students will examine IT project management and systems architecture. Topics covered include project management concepts of time, scope, and costs, as well as systems architecture, sourcing, acquisition, development, and deployment processes.

Information Technology Security

This survey course covers information security concepts and mechanisms. Information security concepts reviewed may include data protection techniques, software security, information assurance process, enterprise network security, and attack types/countermeasures.

Data Structures and Implementation

This course will introduce students to basic data structures and algorithms which are to be used as tools in designing solutions to real-life problems. Students will become familiar with the specification, usage, implementation and analysis of basic data structures and algorithms.

Program Capstone for IT

This course offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their level of understanding regarding the application of information technology concepts, technologies, and methodologies. Students are expected to employ their knowledge about hardware, systems, applications, and security management.


View the Course Catalog

Course content subject to change.

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience

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