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SRA Minor

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The minor in SRA is intended to familiarize students with the general framework and multidisciplinary theories that define security and related risk analysis. Course work will engage students in the challenges and problems of assuring information confidentiality and integrity (e.g., social, economic, technology, and policy issues), as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various methods for assessing and mitigating associated risk in the students' major field.

The minor provides a grounding in analysis and modeling used in information search, visualization and creative problem solving. This knowledge is set in the context of legal, ethical and regulatory issues of security including analysis of privacy and security law, internal control standards, regulatory policies and basic investigative processes and principles. Such understanding overviews the information technology that plays a critical role in identifying, preventing and responding to security-related events in the student's major field.

Please refer to information on declaring the IST Minor.

Program Details

Core Courses (15cr)

The use, analysis and design of information systems and technologies to organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises.

This introductory course spans areas of security, risk, and analysis covering contexts in government agencies and business organizations.

Provides overview of nature, scope, and seriousness of threats to security as a result of terrorism and crime.

Prerequisite: SRA 111

Provides an understanding of the overview of information security including security architecture, access control, and internet secure applications.

Prerequisite: SRA 111, IST 110, CMPSC 101

Exploration of legal, regulatory, public policy, and ethical issues related to security and privacy for information technology professionals in public institutions, private enterprise, and IT services.

Prerequisite: IST 432

Select 6 credits
If students wants a specific area of focus additional courses/credits may be needed.

Risk Management Focus

Provides an overview of decision theoretical and analytical concepts and tools in the security risk analysis field.

Prerequisite: SRA 211, STAT 200

Assessment and mitigation of security vulnerabilities for people, organizations, industry sectors, and the nation.

Prerequisite: SRA 231

Legal environment of information technology, constitutional/political issues, intellectual property, management, e-commerce, privacy, access, computer contracting, cyberspace regulation.

Prerequisite: IST 301 or SRA 231 or equivalent

Contemporary Security Issues; security management processes, architecture and models; risk analysis and management; security planning, analysis and safeguards; security policies development and administration; contingency planning, incidence handling and response; and security standards and certification processes.

Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221

Network Security Focus

Introduction to digital network topologies; transmission media, signal modulation, digital packet switching and routing, systems integration, communications management, and security.

Prerequisite: IST 110/110S

Fundamental issues and concepts of network security, network security technologies and protocols, and emerging technologies in network security.

Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221

Cyber Forensics Focus

Legal, regulatory and public policy environment of computer and network forensics that constrain investigatory and monitoring activities in computer and network environments.

Prerequisite: IST 110 and 6th-semester standing or higher

Fundamental issues and concepts of computer forensics; aspects of computer and cyber crime; methods to uncover, protect, exploit, and document digital evidence; tools, techniques, and procedure to perform computer and cyber crime investigation.

Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221

Contact

Undergraduate Advising Center

104 IST Building
advising@ist.psu.edu
(814) 865-8947

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