Bachelor's of Science in Computing Security

Dr. Muhieddin Amer, Department Chair

mxaeee@rit.edu

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

As technology advances at a rapid rate, protecting individuals, companies,government entities and global organizations from cyber threats is becoming a huge sector, with career opportunities spanning the globe. Our Bachelor of Science in Computing Security has been designed to prepare you to excel in this rapidly growing area.

If you love computer science, crave a program that offers a hands-on curriculum and a range of active learning experiences and gives plenty of opportunities for independent exploration at an advanced level, the Bachelor of Science in Computing Security will be a perfect.Considered a leading program in computing and network security and forensics by industry experts including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency, the degree offers you a high level of specialization beyond what is provided by more general majors in Information Systems or Information Technology.

You’ll begin by getting to grips with a wide breadth of computing disciplines including programming, scripting, databases, computing security, cryptography, security policy, networks, systems and network administration. You’ll then have the chance to focus on a particular area of security such as forensics, mobile device forensics or network/computing system security.

By the time you graduate you will be an expert in the identification of computer security vulnerabilities, the detection of computer security exploits, and the prevention or mitigation of the resulting attack, making you highly employable. Your job responsibilities may include security assessment, cybersecurity, network security, computer and network forensics, cryptography, penetration testing, information security risk management, and cyber policy & law.

View Mission, Educational objectives & Student Learning Outcomes here

POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS

Positions in computing security are found in nearly every area of commerce. From small local businesses to large multi-national corporations, they all depend on a complex networking infrastructure to conduct their business and require security professionals to maintain these systems. The graduates of computing security from RIT Dubai are expertly prepared to provide the support demanded by enterprises of all sizes as well as national, state, and local security agencies. Possible career options are: system security analysts and designers, enterprise system security architects, or IT systems forensics consultants and investigators.

ACCREDITATION

The Bachelor of Science in Computing Security is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs and is licensed by the KHDA.

CURRICULUM

Students are required to complete 126 semester credit hours of core courses and advanced courses as well as cooperative education. Core courses include a programming sequence, an ethics course, a computer networking and system administration sequence, and foundation courses in computer and network security. Advanced courses allow students to design the focus of their information security course work.

ADVANCED ELECTIVES

Students complete ve advanced security electives that expand students knowledge in one of several disciplines of security, including system security, network security, forensics, malware, secure software development, database and application security, security evaluation, or theory.

Computing security, BS degree, typical course sequence

 

Course

Sem. Cr. Hrs.

 

First Year

 

CSEC-101

Fundamentals of Computing Security

3

 

CSCI-141, 142

Computer Science I, II

8

 

UWRT-150

Writing Seminar 

3

 

MATH-181, 182

Project-based Calculus I, II

8

 

 

LAS Perspective 1 (Global) 

3

 

MATH-190

Discrete Mathematics for Computing

3

  NSSA- 241

Intro to Routing and Switching 

3
  ANTH-365 

First Year Seminar: Islamic Culture

3
 

ACSC-010

Year One

0

 

Second Year

 

CSCI-243

The Mechanics of Programming

3

 

MATH-251

Probability and Statistics I

3

 

CSCI-250

Concepts of Computer Systems

3

 

NSSA-221

Systems Administration I

3

 

MATH-241/

MATH-252

Linear Algebra/ Prob & Stats II

3

 

PHYS-211/212

University Physics I, II

8

 

NSSA-245

Network Services 

3

 

 

LAS Perspective 2, 4 (Ethical, Social)

6

 

 

Cooperative Education (summer)

Co-op

 

Third Year

 

CSCI-462

Introduction to Cryptography

3

 

PUBL-363

Cyber Security Policy and Law

3

 

 

LAS Perspective 2  (Artistic - WI)

3

 

CSEC-380

Principles of Web App Security 

3

 

CSEC-472

Authentication and Security Models

3

  ISTE-230

Introduction to Database and Data Modeling 

3
 

 

Computing Security Electives 1, 2 

6

 

 

Free Electives 1, 2 

6

 

 

Cooperative Education (summer)

Co-op

 

Fourth Year

 

 

Computing Security Electives 3, 4, 5, 6 

12

 

 

LAS Immersion 1 (Writing Intensive)

3

  PHIL 102/202/306 LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
    Ethics Elective 3
 

CSEC-490

Free Electives 3

6

 

 

Capstone in Computing Security

3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours

126

Advanced Computing Security Clusters

RIT Dubai is offering advanced courses from Forensics, System and Network Security clusters. Examples of the advanced courses include:

Ø CSCI-455: Principles of Computer Security

Ø CSEC-461: Computer System Security

Ø CSEC-462: Network Security and Forensics

Ø CSEC-468: Risk Management for Information Security

Ø CSEC-471: Penetration Testing Frameworks & Methodologies

Ø CSEC-475: Windows System Forensics

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL 

 

Yash Arora

"The Computing Security degree is a unique program, with great and inspiring professors and a specialized set of courses that is recognized by many international companies across the world. With the cornerstone co-op program, RIT Dubai students have a signicant advantage when it comes to finding jobs in the correct fields. I would highly recommend others to join and experience RIT student life."

Additional information

Cooperative education
 
Cooperative education is a required component of the major. Co-op enables students to work in a variety of organizations, from small- or medium-sized businesses to large international companies or law enforcement organizations, that require computer systems or computer networks. These may be security-centric businesses (law enforcement agencies, security auditors) to users of information technology (manufacturing companies, school districts, health care).
 
Co-ops provide real-world experience and a competitive edge when applying for jobs after graduation. Typically, the first co-op occurs during the summer following the student's second year and second co-op occurs during the summer following the student's third year. Students must complete the co-op requirement prior to completing their course work.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Emirati nationals can apply for a Betha Scholarship (100%) under the ICT Fund for this program. For details: click here

To apply for funding: click here