Information Security Concentration


Why Information Security and Information Assurance?

  • The Internet has made a tremendous impact on society. Computer and communication networks transmit most of the country's financial, transportation, energy, emergency, and water systems data.
  • The security and assurance of our information and communications infrastructure is a national priority.
  • Companies face the emerging trend of information warfare and cyber terrorism. They tackle thousands of cyber-attacks on a daily basis. Information security and protecting critical infrastructure, systems and data become strategically important for the survival of companies and institutions.
  • As digital information moves to a more networked and globalized infrastructure, it is essential that managers understand the threats to this information. The creation of effective corporate-wide security plans with well established security programs, policies, controls, and procedures as well as awareness and training initiatives is vital.
  • More and more companies across a variety of industries, such as banking, finance, and healthcare, need to keep rigorous standards and certifications in information security to maintain business operations. They need Information Security Managers that ensure the creation, implementation, and maintenance of comprehensive information security programs.

Threats to the Companies’ Information Assets

The intensity and the creativity of cyber attacks has grown tremendously in recent years. Gone are the years of the “script-kiddies” when “hacking” an organization’s computers earned bragging rights and showed skills and landed a lucrative job.

  • The recent attacks on Google, major banks, major utilities and utility infrastructures as well as government organizations indicate insidious intentions and organized crime involving millions of dollars
  • There is a pronounced international trend of growing cyber spying and cyber terrorism activities which involve high level cyber crime organizations and in many cases state actors. Security experts talk about cyber war as the future of international and organized crime conflicts.
  • The percentage of organizations reporting computer intrusions to law enforcement is on the decline. The key reason cited for not reporting intrusions to law enforcement is the concern for negative publicity.
  • Over 80 percent of the organizations conduct security audits and have internal vulnerability analysis and incident response teams of information security experts.
  • The majority of organizations view security awareness training as important.

Information Security Programs and Career Information

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