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Salary and Career Info

Computing Security BS

In RIT’s computing security degree you’ll learn to preserve assets, identify security vulnerabilities, prove threats occurred, and design strategies for data recovery.

Program skills

Basic computer and network security awareness as well as exposure to security policy and legal issues. Strong programming skills in languages including Scripting, Python, Java, C/C++. Direct experience in a variety of computing environments on multiple platforms. Basic system administration functions. Focused specialty areas such as System & Network Security, Digital Forensics, Malware Analysis, Security Software Development, and Database Security.

Program facilities equipment

RIT students have access to hundreds of computers which are distributed over several specialty labs. These labs include: Security Lab, Air-Gap Lab, Networking Lab, the Systems Administration Lab, programming labs and database labs.

Program job titles reported

Assistant Reverse Engineer; Application Security Engineer; Cyber Security Analyst; Cyber Threat Responder; Security Software Specialist; Penetration Tester; Security Assurance Engineer; Security Consultant; Site Reliability Engineer; Threat Analyst; Technical Assessments Consultant; Vehicle Cybersecurity Engineer

Program significant points

  • Our department is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in both Research and Education by National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security
  • RIT just received a $50M gift, of which $20M goes to cybersecurity
  • Our department created the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition and now hosts the National event (NCPTC)

Select program hiring partners

Air Force Civilian Service, Air Force Research Laboratory - Information Directorate,  Apple, Aruba Networks, Bayer, Datto, Expel, FireEye, Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics Mission System, IBM, Indeed, L3Harris, Liberty Pumps, M&T Bank, MITRE, National Security Agency, Palo Alto Networks, Parsons, Raytheon Technologies, RedHat, Security Risk Advisors, Tesla, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), University of Rochester, VMware, Inc., Wegmans Food Markets


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 94.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 2.00%
Alternative Plans 2.00%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 94.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 2.00%
Alternative Plans 2.00%

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Students in the computing security degree are required to complete two blocks of cooperative education experience.