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B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis (SRA)

In the SRA program, you’ll learn how to design systems that are secure, measure risk, and ensure that proper levels of privacy are maintained for individual technology users, businesses, government, and other organizations. In this major, you gain an understanding of operating system design and operation, and the legal and cultural issues surrounding privacy, intelligence, and security.

The possibilities for what you can study in SRA are many, but we can help you break it down. When you major in SRA, you’ll choose one of three program options based on your unique skills and interests:

ANALYZE (Intelligence Analysis and Modeling)

In this program, you’ll learn how to calculate, evaluate, and predict risk in a variety of fields, including business and national security, and work on projects like evaluating the risk of putting information on Facebook. To enter this option, you should be able to think critically and have an interest in learning how to protect vital infrastructure against subversive attacks.

DEFEND (Information and Cyber Security)
Does the idea of thwarting hackers and stopping cyber criminals in their tracks charge you with adrenaline? In this option, you’ll perform forensic investigations, engage in hands-on attack-defense projects, and learn how to assess and combat security and privacy risks in all levels of organizations.

STRATEGIZE (Social Factors and Risk)

With this course of study, you’ll explore the psychological, sociological, and legal aspects of security and risk, and examine the privacy policies and legal regulations within companies and the government. In the classroom, you’ll work on teams in which you and your classmates role-play both terrorists and criminals, and the intelligence and security officers combating them.


For more information about the SRA degree program, contact the IST Undergraduate Advising Center at 866-225-8707 (toll-free), 814-865-8947, or e-mail advising@ist.psu.edu.

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