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Security And Risk Analysis (SRA)

The Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) major looks at how to design systems that are secure, how to measure risk, and how ensure that proper levels of privacy are maintained for individual technology users, businesses, government, and other organizations. The SRA major requires a good understanding of operating system design and operation, and the legal and cultural issues surrounding privacy, intelligence, and security.

To be successful in this option, you should have an interest in security and cyber forensics You should be very comfortable with utilizing the Web and should be able to use a variety of operating systems. Experience in computer programming is also helpful. Students in this major should also be willing to learn about the social and legal factors involved with cyber security.

Penn State has been designated by the Committee on Networked Systems Security (CNSS) – a parent organization of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security – as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education for academic years 2014-21.

Careers in SRA

These are just a few of the many positions which you could qualify for with a degree in Security and Risk Analysis:

  • Counter-Terrorism Analyst
  • Cyber Intelligence Analyst
  • Intelligence Consultant
  • Intelligence Operations Specialist
  • International Crime Officer
  • Security Specialist

Find Out More

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Student Testimonials

Here's what students had to say about the SRA major:

“I chose IST at Penn State because of the Security and Risk Analysis degree. The SRA degree has allowed me to focus my studies on technology-enabled terrorism and cyber security. Outside of class, I have had the exceptional opportunity to serve as the President of the Security and Risk Analysis Club.” — Steve Sharer, Class of 2011

“With SRA, things are always going to be changing. You’re not going to be doing the same thing, day in and day out. There’s always going to be new challenges in the world with cyber-security. That’s what appealed to me.” — Jared Grotz, Class of 2008