Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

The Information Assurance and Cybersecurity degree program prepares students to enter the high-demand field of information technology security. With the increase of computer viruses and other security breaches, companies need professionals who can protect their data and equipment from internal and external security threats. Students gain hands-on experience with the latest hardware and software and learn to implement appropriate security policies and procedures.

Computer security specialists plan, coordinate, and maintain an organization’s information security by:

  • Educating users about computer security
  • Installing security software
  • Monitoring networks for security breaches
  • Responding to cyber attacks
  • Gathering data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crimes

Students planning to transfer should select electives according to the requirements of the receiving institution.

Employment/Career Potential

According to the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment in the field of information assurance and cybersecurity is expected to grow 22% through 2020. The responsibilities of computer security specialists have increased in recent years as cyber attacks have become more sophisticated. Therefore, employment is expected to grow much faster than the average, and job prospects should be excellent. Growth will also be driven by the increasing need for information security. As cyber attacks become more sophisticated, demand will increase for workers with security skills.


Contact Information

Prof. Ralf Fritze
443-412-2441 
RFritze@harford.edu

Advising, Career, and Transfer Services
443-412-2301


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