Message from the Chair

In 2007 RIT became the first university in the US to offer a BS degree in Computing Security. While many schools have a few course offerings in computing security we offer a strong computing education with a rich and diverse offering of courses in the broad security discipline.  In addition, we also offer a Master’s degree in Computing Security addressing a broader scope of issues which affords students with an undergraduate degree in a computing or a computing related discipline the opportunity to learn about security concepts, issues, and technologies and apply them at an enterprise or global level.

With the explosion of mobile communications; ubiquitous computing; the advantages of cloud computing; and issues of securing “big data” caused by the world-wide explosion of eBusiness and eCommerce today, secure computing environments and appropriate information management have become critical issues to all sizes and types of organizations.  Therefore, the need for computing security specialists who understand the issues critical to information security are vital and growing.  The Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition (http://www.bls.gov/ OCO/), stated:

Demand for computer security specialists will grow as businesses and government continue to invest heavily in “cyber security,” protecting vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack. The information security field is expected to generate many new system administrator jobs over the next decade as firms across all industries place a high priority on safeguarding their data and systems.

Employment in this sector is growing at a rate of 22%  per year and it appears it will continue to grow exponentially for many years.

The Department of Computing Security is committed to developing talented and motivated people of all backgrounds into successful security professionals.  We will strive to maintain an educational environment necessary to ensure that the graduates of the undergraduate and graduate programs can embark on meaningful careers in security. We value the individuality, commitment, and expectations of our students and faculty. In accordance, we pledge to meet or exceed their expectations through the continuation of the development of an outstanding curriculum in computing security with a strong emphasis on the broad spectrum computing security and information assurance. We offer an academically enriching and welcoming environment dedicated to student success. Students have a wide variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities which help them develop the professional and life skills necessary to be successful leaders and citizens in a global community.

Explore the world of opportunities available to you as a student in Computing Security where you will find a supportive faculty and staff committed to your academic success and professional future.