Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance

With each passing day, our world is becoming more and more digital. Many businesses, government entities, and other organizations utilize the internet and web services for data management and communication. As more and more information is stored in and transferred through cyberspace, keeping it safe and secure is new and ever-growing need. This created a need for a specialized individual with the skills to do so. Computer and information systems security is a relatively new and emerging major within the field of computer and information sciences. Those who study this major learn how to design, configure, implement, manage, support, and secure computer systems and networks to protect information they hold against unauthorized access or modification. Students majoring in computer and information systems security can expect to spend lots and lots of time face-to-screen -- a computer screen that is. Students will take a variety of classes in computer programming, networking, administration, support, analysis, and security. Many programs include a semester-long internship, which is excellent for gaining real-world experience and for providing students a leg up on the competition once they begin job searching. Those pursuing a career as an information security analyst usually need at least a bachelor's degree. Since this is a relatively new major, it is not widely available among colleges and universities. Some schools offer it as a specialization or certificate program within the general information systems or computer science programs.Some organizations prefer to hire applicants with a master's degree, which students might want to consider pursuing in computer and information systems security, computer programming, or business. The skills you will learn as a major in this field are expected to be in high demand, across an array of industries. Graduates will emerge with a thorough understanding of a wide range of areas in computer science and information technology, with an emphasis on the security aspect. They will be able to use their degrees to pursue such careers as an information security analyst, auditor, security officer, strategic planner, or disaster recovery analyst.

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Colleges

“…Penn State was a large beautiful school. It offered many different fields for students to choose to major in. There were many activities to do, organizations to join, and people to meet.” – Michelle

“…Boston University is an elite university that is constantly improving. It is a very expensive college but has a lot of resources for its students. Students who wish to attend should be somewhat independent and not afraid to take full advantage of the...” – Daniel from Staten Island, NY

“…new york university is an academically strenuous and challenging school in the heart of downtown new york city. the campus is new york city, with lots of grand old buildings, mainly centered around washington square park. each of their programs are...” – Isabella from Los Angeles, CA

“…USC is the place for opportunities. You are not only paying for a great education, but also connections and resume builders that will help you get where you want in life. USC is a school for leaders and overachievers. ” – Madison from Los Angeles, CA

“…Overall, Georgia Tech is a fantastic school with millions of opportunities. The classes tend to be difficult, but that should not deter anyone from going to Tech. Although the going will be rough, Tech will only serve to open the doors to new...” – David from Broward County, FL

“…indiana university has the most beautiful campus in all of indiana and is surprisingly very easy to get around despite how large it is. the students and professors are great and really easy to get along with, and are always willing to help out in any...” – Kyle from Merrillville, IN

“…howard university is an amazing school filled with ambitious students. this university helps better prepare their students for succession in today's society. every graduate from howard university will be gladly to express to you how they received a...” – Brittany from Washington, DC

“…in my opinion, this school is underrated. it is an excellent university with excellent professors and spectacular school spirit. it can definitely compete with other texas universities. ” – Christopher from Houston, TX

“…It's great! Take a bike though cause they seem useful. Have fun.” – Edwin from Cape Coral, FL

“…Exciting and diverse” – Thomas from Philadelphia, PA

“…Johns Hopkins University is an esteemed research university where students are pushed and challenged to achieve their potential and then surpass it. It's not a place where students come to have fun but a place where leaders, innovators, researchers,...” – Chidera from Philadelphia, PA

“…The campus is beautiful and not too spread out. All of my classes have been wonderful thus far, and really are shaped to my interests. There are so many study enhancements in this community to make sure that students do succeed. ” – Taelor from Columbia, SC

“…this school is very different because it gives you a new environment. you are surrounded with more opportunities in part time jobs or actual careers once you graduate. you will never be bored at this school because there are a lot of things to do.” – Katherine from Buford, GA

“…this school offers a diverse curriculum. studying abroad is heavily encouraged, and mandatory for multiple majors. the professors want you to succeed, you need only ask!” – Scott from San Diego, CA

“…George Mason University is very diverse. The classes and professors are also very helpful in class and throughout the application process. The school is also very, very welcoming and makes you have a sense of belonging. ” – LISA from Falls Church, VA

“…By far the most diverse private school I've ever encountered, I love it. Staff is always easily approachable! Extremely worth every cent I pay. ” – Cynthia from Chicago, IL

“…University of Denver is an AWESOME school! The small and focused class sizes allow students to get a wonderful education and the professors truly care about the students well being. It also offers a wonderful social life with sororities/fraternities,...” – Tara from Highlands Ranch, CO

“…George Washington is the only place I'd want to be. There's no other college in the world that is just a few steps from the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. GW is a large school, with a diverse student body who all come together for fun events...” – Meredith from Marlton, NJ

“…This campus is small enough to get to your classes in a reasonable time, but still big to find fun things to do. They have great places to eat with lots of variety. The people are all really friendly.” – Alex from Cincinnati, OH

“…utsa has a diverse student population, a wide range of student services (including an excellent gym facility, complete with cooking courses, personal trainers, and rock-climbing wall), and a rapidly growing academic program with professors from all...” – Catherine from Helotes, TX

“…This university offers great city living where museums, concerts and sports events are only a stones throw away. The opportunity offered to students to work 6 months inbetween academics is also appealing both in terms of seeing if your chosen major...” – Sean from Quakertown, PA

“…Iowa State is a large university with the small college feel. It has many students but everywhere I go, I see people I know, and that are in my classes. Everyone is very nice and the professors know what they are teaching.” – Grace from Vermont

“…this university is great for social service and catering to our community. the majors are designed to provide a liberal arts education, while preparing students for the real world. there is great diversity on campus, and opportunities to join clubs...” – nalini from Glendale, CA

“…Fordham University is a family with open arms waiting for you to walk in. Once you enter into the family, you are embraced and encouraged to tap into all of the family's resources. These resources WILL help your intellectual, moral and...” – Constantine from Randolph, NJ

“…fiu is a great school for anyone who is looking for a diverse group of students and a great education. teachers will always have office hours open to help you whenever you need it and they truly encourage you to come ask them for help. fiu also makes...” – Vlera from Washington, DC

“…Carnegie Mellon University is a strong university for anyone interested in modern technology and the changing world. The people here are enterprising and ambitious, and you will be sure to find yourself in inspiring companionship. For someone who...” – Sanjana from San Jose, CA

“…sam houston state university has an amazing environment. the teacher-student ratio is perfect. the atmosphere is perfect for anyone who doesn't want to get lost in the crowd.” – Felicia from Cedar Park, TX

“…This is a really fantastic school, although it's a tad expensive. Teachers are all very qualified and challenge you to independently work, and think(however they are more than happy to help). ” – Nicholas from Palm Coast, FL

“…It is a great school that has something for everyone. The teachers make a point to be available as often as possible and to learn the students names in their classes (even if they are large classes). The campus is beautiful and makes you feel at home...” – Katherine from Winston-Salem, NC

“…a great mid-size university with numerous course offerings and majors. you can enjoy the smaller university atmosphere while having access to the amenities of the city of huntington wv. while small. there is a multi-cultural feel and it is one of...” – Amanda from Le Roy, WV

“…missouri state university is an absolutely wonderful school. the classes are generally small and close-knit. there are so many programs to join and feel welcome!” – Kelly from Hazelwood, MO

University of Richmond
University Of Richmond, VA

“…The University of Richmond has a large suburban campus right in the middle of the active and corky city of Richmond. The classes are small, engaging, and fun! The social atmosphere, while not for everyone, is low key and student organizations are...” – Kylie from Perkasie, PA

“…Washington University is an incredible school that fosters individual scholastic as well as personal growth. The student body and faculty are diverse an open-minded. Also, the location is ideal due to its proximity to the business opportunities in...” – Nelson from Homewood, IL

“…Hampton University is an extremely strict insitution, were freshman are given a curfew and have limited freedoms. This maybe in order to have control over the freshman class and have them focus on school work, but to those who are mature, this is a...” – Myles from Baltimore, MD

“…loyola has a gorgeous campus,, and is in a quiet, diverse area of a great city. being a relatively expensive, private institution, however, means that the make-up of the university is not nearly as diverse. the small size and great reputation will...” – Jason from Chicago, IL

“…eastern is a fun, friendly school. all the professors are nice and really good at helping you retain the most knowledge possible. your fellow students are welcoming and willing to help all you have to do is ask.” – Stephanie from Ypsilanti, MI

“…the amount of diversity will almost insure that you can never feel out of place. the atmosphere around campus will make you want to come back to school. the academics will challenge you and bend your mind. ” – Zyiad from Falls Church, VA

“…Suffolk University has great professors that not only challenge your mind but guide you thoroughly through the course. The campus is in the heart of Boston which is another plus. And there are also so many opportunities for clubs and activities for...” – Desiree from Beverly, MA

“…This school is not for everyone, however it is definitely worth it. There is a lot of commitment when it comes to joining this academy; you lose more time with friends and family than a student at a normal college, and the academics are quite tough...” – Andrea from Usaf Academy, CO

“…beautiful campus full of friendly, welcoming people. a diverse amount of academic programs with excellence in many. in the middle of an awesome town with many attractions and places to go. ” – Kyle from Shoreline, WA

“…uri has a nice campus and its easy to walk and get around campus. the underclassmen dorms are pretty small but are definitely livable. the staff in the university college for underclassmen are very helpful.” – Hannah from North Attleboro, MA

“…coastal carolina is an excellet school, it has a pretty good science program. although biochemistry is a new major here, the science departments are pretty fond of this major. the science departments has a good tutoring program” – Tiesha from Lancaster, SC

“…This is a great school if you are looking for outcomes. They get you places in your life. However, initiative is key, they aren't going to babysit you. ” – Autumn from Coopersville, MI

“…suny albany is a great school! it has a large campus so there is always a possibility to make new friends! it also offers a variety of programs that can fit almost anyone's interests!” – Adrienne from Elmsford, NY

“…Brandeis is an all inclusive school with everything a student could wish for. Busting at the seams with student diversity, clubs of all kinds, and professors that you can approach at almost any time, the smaller community of Brandeis University is...” – ManOfLaMancha

“…The perfect school if you want to do business. The curriculum is tough, but it teaches you a lot about the business world. The people are awesome, everyone is really welcoming and the faculty is outstanding, and we live off of Microsoft Outlook and...” – Arjun from Cambridge, MA

“…Saint Leo University exemplifies core values and emphasizes integrity, community, and spirit. Instructors are real-world professionals and peers are like-minded adult professionals, all with a desire to contribute to the learning process. I am...” – Christina from Boise, ID

“…VCU is in a great location, the lovely capital of Richmond. It's conveniently placed near loads of restaurants and other great attractions. I was immediately drawn to VCU because of this and I intend to stay for my Bachelor's Degree.” – Shakola from Portsmouth, VA

“…i knew from the moment that i took a tour of this amazing university, that i wanted to attend this specific school. it is a great school for people of all ages and all religion back grounds. however, it is an amazing and great school for young adults...” – Brittni from Los Angeles, CA

“…The academics are rigorous RIT is not a place to take your academics lightly. How good your social life is depends on what your looking for. If your a geek you'll fit right in but if more of a party person it will be harder for you to find your niche...” – Ernesto from Inglewood, CA

“…to be quite honest when i went here for the scholarship competition i was blown away not only by the campus but by the corps of cadets and how the teachers taught the classes. i found it to be my dream school because of every aspect i was looking for...” – Angela from Westland, MI

“…fit is a fantastic school for engineering and psychology! the professors are experts in their fields and they will personally help the students in any way possible. i have never met a person on campus who was mean or negative towards me, and a beach...” – Amy from Cincinnati, OH

“…UNM is a great school, with a very tight community. The teachers are great. The on campus living is an amazing experience.” – Ailbhe from Santa Fe, NM

“…A small private school in the midst of big changes in the upcoming years. Good community within the school that reaches out and makes use of the surrounding community as well. Teachers and advisers on the whole are very supportive and will do what...” – Britnee from Annandale, VA

“…Through Central Washington University, there are thousands of students who have the potential for educational success. Because of this, and because of Central's great ability to contribute to the education of its students, I would give the school a...” – Haellie from Buckley, WA

“…IIT is an amazing school, with amazing people. The teachers and students alike are friendly, amazing resources. Illinois Tech supplies students with the resources needed to ensure success. ” – Christina from Chicago, IL

“…One of the best in the midwest! My experience has been great, everybody is dedicated to making the Elmhurst Experience better. Beautiful campus, great reputation.” – Chad from Lombard, IL

“…The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a nationally recognized university that has everything a student could wish for. It is top-tier in academics, hosts an enormous amount of campus activities, has a thriving Greek life, and prepares...” – Agam from Hoover, AL

“…Wright State was the perfect size college for me; Big enough to get the real college life feel, yet small enough to feel like a tight knit community. The classes are really interesting, even the general education classes that are required for every...” – Kaytee from Fairborn, OH

“…Cleveland State is a wonderful college. Engineering and Business is there specialty. At Cleveland State you will meet many people and be eligible for an excessive number of scholarships.” – Unknow From Cleveland, OH

Broward College
Fort Lauderdale, FL

“…Broward College is a good school. They really help people learn, compensating for disabilities, and different learning-styles.” – Jennifer from Lauderhill, FL

“…weber state is a great school. i love the diversity here. i have made so many wonderful friends as well!” – Karlie from Ogden, UT

“…idaho state university is a good school, with high standards in academics. the professors at this university will help in any way possible to get you the best grade and the knowledge of the subject along with it. i would recommend this school to...” – Morgan from Logan, UT

“…There are not many major choices outside of engineering however it offers a great education in all of the majors. As an athlete I enjoy the feeling of family in the team and the school. It is a large campus but still small enough to get to classes...” – April from Corona, CA

“…St. John's University is an amazing school. Not only is the campus amazing but the people are great as well. You will feel more than at home here.” – Jessica from Elmhurst, NY

Niagara University
Niagara University, NY

“…Niagara University has a great family atmosphere and definitely feels like my second home. The faculty and staff are all amazing and willing to help you and make sure you are performing to the best of your ability. With the small campus, small class...” – Emily from Clarence, NY

“…western governors is a very supportive online university. their flexible admissions schedule and courses allow adult working students the flexibility they need to achieve a higher education. a student can finish as quickly or as slowly as their life...” – Joey from Southaven, MS

“…Frostburg is a great college for all students. The thing I favor most about Frostburg is the size of the school. The school is a size where not everyone knows each other, but the classrooms are smaller which makes professors more available for help...” – Davonne from Stevensville, MD

“…lipscomb is an excellent school with a very caring faculty and staff. the christian community here is uplifting and encouraging.” – Jessica from Smyrna, TN

“…St. Cloud State University is a truly positive, educational institution. It provides the knowledge one seeks when deciding colleges and offers a life unlike other institutions. Those who experience it understand its superior qualities.” – Sonny from Saint Cloud, MN

“…This is a beautiful campus with alot of wonderful architecture. All the people I spoke with took the time to answer questions and to find out a little about me. The academic program was also very good.” – Jas

“…This school is absolutely amazing! Not only are you able to branch out and learn so many things, but you also get to meet new people and make new friends. There are so many things you can do here.” – Sharice from Hampton, VA

Indiana Tech
Fort Wayne, IN

“…great online study program for my major. independent study allows me to study around my schedule. wonderful people to answer questions and help with any difficult situation (application, financial aid, transfers, ect).” – Erika from Bryan, OH

“…RWU is a fantastic school that thrives on building a student's academic performance. The staff and professors genuinely care about their students and will help them reach their life goals. It is truly a great place to learn.” – T from Stoughton, MA

“…Beautiful campus, helpful advisors, and great opportunities to work and go to school on campus.” – Brenda from Colorado Springs, CO

“…Robert Morris University lives up to what it claims to be. It is business school and is all about it's business of turning out successful graduates. The Career Center will place you in a position that will make full use of your skills and talents.” – Kareem from Mckeesport, PA

“…Very dedicated professors and admin that can get you to the path you want. They also put a great deal of time in to be able to work one on one. The campus is very relaxing and the facilities are newer. ” – Jason from Bolingbrook, IL

Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry, NY

“…Mercy college is a very professional college. They are very student oriented and they make students feel important! They are expensive, but worth it!” – Carolyn from White Plains, NY

“…this is a great school to attend. there are small classroom sizes and teachers who really care. this is an awesome place to make friends for life.” – katie from Saint Louis, MO

“…montgomery college is an affordable, conveniently located, and diverse campus in which a student can gain the best experience and knowledge they need to succeed.” – Alexis from Germantown, MD

“…the university of michigan-dearborn provides a superior quality education from a well known college yet close enough to home you can save the expense of living in a dorm and graduate without excessive debt. the small class size allows for more direct...” – Jessica from Livonia, MI

“…the recent change in collin turning into a 4 year university has helped the university and student reach a higher level of education. it has made it possible to become more prepared to transfer into a larger state university such as utd. overall the...” – Ernesto Plano, Tx

“…Marywood isn't just a school, it's a community. It's a little old school in the rules, like no members of the opposite sex spending the night, but I think that just makes it more like home. ” – Katelynn from Reading, PA

“…lindenwood is challenging. lindenwood is enjoyable. lindenwood is rewarding.” – Erich from Foristell, MO

“…usm is a great school that is often taken for granted. there are tons of opportunities available once you become involved in the community. usm is also known to have some of the best programs around, in certain majors.” – Jenae

“…I am so glad I chose to attend this school. The core curriculum helps you plan your education so that you are able to make the most of it. I have found nothing bad to say about this school whatsoever.” – Tiphanie from Mansfield, MA

“…sac is offering so much more than what they first did when i attened in 2003. i love the fact that everything is spread out and doesnt seem so cluttered, and no one has to walk shoulder to shoulder like some colleges. also very clean!!!!” – Pearl from San Antonio, TX

Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA

“…I love Regent University! I am enjoying getting my undergraduate degree in Biblical and Theological Studies there! I get so much support from the faculty and the community there, it is great! ” – Kylee from Brentwood, CA

“…Minnesota State University- Mankato is small, cheap, and has easy navigation. Mankato also has brand new dorms, a free bus system, cheap parking, and a well-rounded student body. The classes are small and very personal as well. I think it is a great...” – Libbie from Stillwater, MN

“…National University is a great opportunity for me, as a military spouse living overseas, to achieve my goal in receiving my degree. The advisor that I have been conversing with has been a great help and answers all of my questions. Everyone at...” – Acacia from APO, AE

“…Macomb Community College has great technical programs that can prepare students for advanced studies in the technical program that they are focused on. Macomb Community College offers a diverse experience for students which complements the...” – Eldon from Detroit, MI

“…American River College is a diverse place of higher learning and networking. Faculty strive for you to succeed in spite of budget cuts to education that our state is currently facing. Student life also has wonderful opportunities for students to get...” – NaKisha from Antelope, CA

“…UD is an extremely challenging university that will push you harder than you have ever been pushed. You will meet wonderful people and professors at this institution that will change your mentality and who you are as a person, as well as making great...” – Kim from Arlington, TX

“…This school is terrible when it comes to financial need. No one here knows much able ways to attend on a financial need basis. They are very slow with processing financial applications.” – Brittany from Detroit, MI

“…This school is constantly changing and evolving. The student body is involved in the community and the promotion of everyone succeeding. This school is one of the best in the tri-state area, even if the football program has been cut....hey, we will...” – Tamara from Omaha, NE

“…This college offers smaller classes which is beneficial because the teachers get to know you. The advisors and counselors generally care about the students and are there to help. I do not feel like just a number or body like many of the other college...” – Matthew from Palm Harbor, FL

“…a fantastic opportunity to enhance anyone's situation. northern virginia community college (nova) is the second largest junior institution. i would rate this school (from 1-10) 10 being the highest level of recognition.” – Brian from Bealeton, VA

“…Wilmington University is a very good school. They love their students and love what they are doing. They have the best curriculum but they don't offer a couple of studies that I would be interested in.” – Celita from Elkton, MD

“…sacramento city college is a great place to meet new people. the professors are kind and gives attention to every student. the campus is beautiful and the classes are also very easy to find.” – Karen from Elk Grove, CA