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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the first Computing Security Department in the country.

Computers and the Internet are critical tools as businesses operate, people communicate, and the world becomes more connected. At the same time, there are many individuals and organizations that seek to exploit these technologies to access and steal information and disrupt the operation of businesses and governments. Computing security professionals focus on preventing unauthorized access of information and computing resources by securing data, software, and networks.

The Department of Computing Security is committed to providing students an outstanding educational experience, exposure to critical technologies, and a foundation for lifelong learning that is critical for anyone seeking to be an effective computing security professional. Our graduates have an impact by applying their knowledge and skills within a wide variety of organizations including non-profits, small and large corporations, and government agencies immediately upon their arrival.

The Department of Computing Security offers both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Computing Security and currently enrolls approximately 350 students. In addition, our faculty work with PhD students focused on computing security through the college’s PhD in Computing and Information Sciences.

Since 2006, RIT has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. Our curriculum is regularly updated to address the evolving needs of the computing security industry, government agencies, and organizations. RIT’s cyber defense team, which includes students from across the college, is a perennial contender in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Our student team won five of the last seven Northeast Regional competitions and won the national championship in 2013.

The department’s faculty and students, working with corporate and government sponsors, are actively engaged in research seeking to advance the state of the art in the areas of SCADA technologies, mobile security and forensics, communications technologies, cloud computing, and continuous authentication.

I look forward to hearing from prospective and current students as well as representatives of companies and government agencies interested in learning more about the department and working with us to advance the field of computing security.

Dr. Bo Yuan