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The use of the Internet in our everyday work is increasing our dependence on digitized data and on networking. This dependence has increased the importance of securing the digitized data and of gaining a thorough understanding of threats from different perspectives such as terrorists, disgruntled employees and risks involved in their use are becoming essential.

The enforcement of laws such as Sarbanes Oxley Act and HIPAA is making it imperative for businesses to look for employees who have a thorough understanding of those laws and how to implement the requirements of the laws using information systems.

The Security and Risk Analysis minor will introduce students to some of the above issues. The students will learn about different threats to businesses, how to evaluate risks involved in use of information systems and how to secure the network and digitized information.

Penn State Beaver's geographical proximity to CERT in Carnegie Mellon University enables our students to have access to guest lectures by some of the leading scientists in the area. We also have a network security laboratory fully dedicated to students pursuing this minor.

The requirements of the minor involve taking 21 credits, as indicated below:

Prescribed Courses (15 credits):

  • IST 110 Information, People and Technology (3)
  • SRA 111 Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis (3)
  • SRA 211 Threat of Terrorism and Crime (3)
  • SRA 221 Overview of Information Security (3)
  • IST 452 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Privacy and Security (3)

Also it is necessary that six credits are taken in a focus area. Currently we are offering only a Network Security focus:

  • IST 220 Networking and Telecommunications (3)
  • IST 451 Network Security (3)

For further details please contact Abhijit Dutt at aud18@psu.edu.

More information about the minor could be found on the IST web site.