Bachelor of Science in Secure Computing and Information Assurance

The first line of defense begins with you.

A bachelor’s degree in secure computing and information assurance from Frostburg State University prepares you to enter a career field that is in high demand and filled with exciting challenges.

Cyber security is one of our nation’s top concerns. The government and U.S. businesses must remain vigilant to protect national security and proprietary information from international hackers. You will learn how to defend them.

What You Will Learn

Like all students at FSU, you'll take a broad foundation of general education coursework.

As a Secure Computing and Information Assurance major, you'll get extensive hands-on experience working with information security issues in state-of-the-art computer facilities and research labs. You’ll learn to recognize and analyze the local and global impact of a challenge and gain the tools and knowledge you need to correct network security problems before they grow.

Major requirements View our course descriptions


Beyond the Classroom

In addition to coursework, you'll have a variety of ways to build your skill set and resume:

  • Gain NSA certification through our secure computing program that works with the National Security Agency.
  • Get involved in exciting experiential challenges such as working to overcome hacker threats posed by professors and fellow students.  
  • Explore internship opportunities in the network security field.
  • Join the Frostburg chapter of the Association of Computer Machinery to discuss hot topics and access the latest online resources in the computer security field.

Facilities

Study in the new Gira Center for Communication and Information Technologies, a facility designed around the needs of modern computer science and communication students.
CCIT in spring
computer class full of students
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Career Outlook for Cybersecurity Professionals

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an information security analyst can anticipate job growth of 37 percent through 2022. This is more than four times faster growth than the average (8 percent) across all occupations. The rapid rise in the network security career field is linked to a growing need for innovative solutions that will prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating chaos in vital computer networks. For more information, visit the US Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Graduates of the secure computing and information assurance program hold positions such as cyber-intelligence analyst, counterintelligence threat analyst, network security specialist and information assurance specialist.

 

Contact Admissions

Department of Computer Science and Information Technology