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Security and Risk Analysis (SRA)

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The Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) major helps students protect organizational information, people, and other assets by applying principles of risk management. This includes skill sets in risk analysis, threat identification, risk control strategies, decision making, emergency response, and intelligence analysis.

The SRA major looks at how to design systems that are secure, how to measure risk, and how to ensure that proper levels of privacy are maintained for individual technology users, businesses, government, and other organizations. Within the SRA major, there are two options. At the time when a student requests entrance to the SRA major, an option must be chosen. The SRA major is based on an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates areas of study in information assurance (both digital and physical security), intelligence analysis, and cyber forensics. It also would provide leadership and venue-specific skills needed in this area.

Suggested Academic Plan

Students can use the Suggested Academic Plan as a guide to schedule necessary courses and meet degree requirements. Note that these plans only show one way to move through degree requirements, and your schedule may not be identical to the suggested plan.

Options in the SRA degree program include:

The Information & Cyber Security (ICS) option for SRA is no longer available at University Park starting with students admitted to Penn State SU/FA 2018. If you are currently in this option, please refer to your roadmap and adviser for questions.


B.S. in SRA: Intelligence Analysis + ModelingIntelligence Analysis & Modeling (IAM)

Students focus on developing working knowledge of the strategic and tactical levels of intelligence collection, analysis, and decision-making. Read more...

B.S. in SRA: Information + Cyber SecurityInformation & Cyber Security (ICS)

Students gain an understanding of the technologies associated with network security, cyber threat defense, information warfare, and critical infrastructure protection. Read more...



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