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The minor in Security and Risk Analysis 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 student’s 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.

To enter and earn the minor:

  • Students wishing to declare a minor must use UPDATE ACADEMICS through LionPATH.
  • Intent to pursue a minor may be declared after the student has achieved at least third semester classification (29.1 credits) or has been accepted into his/her major, but prior to the end of the late drop deadline of the student's final semester.
  • A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the SRA minor.
  • At least six (6) credits of the minor must be unique from the Prescribed Courses required by the student’s major program(s).

Please select your status:

Special Consideration for this minor: Some courses in this minor have prerequisites that are not included in the minor.

Program Details

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • SRA 111: Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis (GS) (3)
  • SRA 211: Threat of Terrorism and Crime (3)
    Prerequisite: SRA 111
  • SRA 221: Overview of Information Security (3)
    Prerequisite: SRA 111, IST 110, CMPSC 101

Additional Courses (12 credits): At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level

Select 3 credits from

  • IST 140: Introduction to Application Development (GQ) (3)
  • CMPSC 101: Introduction to C++ Programming (GQ) (3)

Select 3 credits from

  • IST 220: Introduction to Application Development (3)
  • SRA 231: Introduction to C++ Programming (GQ) (3)

Select 6 credits from

  • IST 432: Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 301 or SRA 231 or equivalent
  • IST 451: Network Security (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221
  • IST 452: Legal and Regulatory Environment of Privacy and Security (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 432
  • IST 453: Legal, Regulatory, and Policy Environment of Cyber forensics (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 110 and 6th semester standing or higher
  • IST 454: Computer and Cyber forensics (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221
  • IST 456: Information Security Management (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221
  • SRA 421: The Intelligence Environment (3)
    Prerequisite: SRA 111, SRA 211, SRA 231
  • SRA 468: Visual Analytics for Security Intelligence (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 110, SRA 111
  • SRA 471: Informatics, Risk and the Post-Modern World (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 110, SRA 231
  • SRA 480: Crisis Informatics (3)
    Prerequisite: 5th semester standing (or later) or approval of program

Special Consideration for this minor: Some courses in this minor have prerequisites that are not included in the minor.

Program Details

Core Courses (15 credits)

  • IST 110: Information, People & Technology (GS) (3)
  • SRA 111: Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis (3)
  • SRA 211: Threat of Terrorism and Crime (3)
    Prerequisite: SRA 111
  • SRA 221: Overview of Information Security (3)
    Prerequisite: SRA 111, IST 110/110S, IST 140 or CMPSC 101
  • IST 452: Legal and Regulatory Environment of Privacy and Security (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 432

Select 6 credits from (At least 3 credits must be at the 400 level)
If students want a specific area of focus additional courses/credits may be needed.

Risk Management Focus

  • SRA 231: Decision Theory and Analysis (3)
    Prerequisite: SRA 211, STAT 200
  • SRA 311: Risk Management: Assessment and Mitigation (3)
    Prerequisite: SRA 231
  • IST 432: Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 301 or SRA 231 or equivalent
  • IST 456: Information Security Management (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221

Network Security Focus

  • IST 220: Networking and Telecommunications (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 110/110S
  • IST 451: Network Security (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221

Cyber Forensics Focus

  • IST 453: Legal, Regulatory, Policy Environment of Cyber Forensics (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 110/110s and 6th-semester standing or higher
  • IST 454: Computer and Cyber Forensics (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221

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