Housed in the Department of Computing Security which is one of five departments in the RIT Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS) this program is the first of its kind in the nation. The Computing Security degree was developed to respond to the increasing need for advanced studies in the areas of computer and network security and forensics. Due to the technical nature of this program it is well suited for students who are strong in mathematics and the sciences. The hands-on and experiential nature of our curriculum provides our students with the opportunity to be among the best in this discipline when they graduate. Our unique blend of active learning, lab based courses, and opportunities for independent exploration at the advanced levels make our program a leader in this discipline.
The BS in Computing Security is designed to produce graduates who will be experts in the identification of computer security vulnerabilities and the detection of computer security exploits. They will also be facile in recognizing and repelling such attacks. Of equal importance for these students is an understanding of the forensic requirements of proving that an attack occurred and where it originated. They will have the knowledge needed to diagnose the extent of the attack so that damage can be repaired and the extent of any information loss assessed. Their coursework includes a complement of core courses which gives the students a firm foundation in networking, systems and network administration and security. This is followed by advanced study were the students select either the computer security track or the network security track. This allows the student to gain in depth knowledge in their areas of interest. Although security issues are addressed throughout our curriculum students in the ISF program address security issues and technologies in great depth.