Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance is a program that prepares individuals to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems, and procedures.
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance majors and degree programs includes instruction in computer architecture, programming, and systems analysis; networking; telecommunications; cryptography; security system design; applicable law and regulations; risk assessment and policy analysis; contingency planning; user access issues; investigation techniques; and troubleshooting.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance (use the College Search feature and enter "computer information systems” or “computer security” or “systems information assurance” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance?
With a major/degree in this field, you likely will be a part of a team that plans, coordinates, and directs computer-related activities in an organization. As well, this team is typically a part of the planning and administration of security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Your point of entry into a career in Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance will depend upon your level of formal education beyond high school. Specific duties of each job may be determined by the size and structure of the organization you work for.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- Information Systems Security Association International
- International Association for Computer Information Systems
- Information Systems and Audit Control Association
Publications/Magazines Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance