Department of Computing Security

Overview

The Department of Computing Security (CSEC) advances the state of the art in cybersecurity and provides students with the education they need to launch their careers as world-class cybersecurity professionals. CSEC students get a hands-on education in how to protect computers, networks, and data, and they take that into the world through co-op opportunities with industry leaders and security competitions. Students also work alongside expert faculty to investigate protecting connected cars, defending wireless communications in the Internet of Things, improving online privacy, and many other ways to secure our world.

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Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition National Champions

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Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor of Science degree in computing security produces professionals who understand people and processes that impact information security. In addition to possessing state-of-the-art knowledge in the preservation of information assets, students become experts in the identification of computer security vulnerabilities, proving an attack occurred, identifying its origin, assessing the damage, and designing strategies that ensure data can be recovered.

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

Learn more about the Computing Security BS program 

Graduate Programs

The Master of Science in computing security gives students an understanding of the technological and ethical roles of computing security in today’s society and its importance across the breadth of computing disciplines. The program enables students to develop a strong theoretical and practical foundation in secure computing, preparing them for leadership positions in both the private and public sectors.

Earn a computer security master’s degree at RIT, recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research and a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

Learn more about the Computing Security MS program 

A graduate certificate in cybersecurity that develops a strong foundation in computing security in order to create secure network environments.

Learn more about the Cybersecurity Adv. Cert. program 

Minors and Immersions

With the prevalence of mobile computing, the advantages of cloud computing, the ubiquity of computing in general, and the 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, there is a vital and growing need for all computing professionals to have a foundation in the issues critical to information security and how they apply to their specific disciplines. The minor consists of two required courses and three electives chosen by the student from the computing security advanced course clusters. There are many elective course choices to provide flexibility. Therefore, the minor provides any computing major outside of the computing security degree program with basic knowledge of the issues and technologies associated with computing security and allows students the opportunity to select a set of security electives that are complementary to their majors. Before beginning the minor in students must possess prerequisite knowledge that can be obtained from various programming sequences and courses in calculus and discrete math.

Learn more about the Computing Security Minor program 

With the prevalence of data breaches and cyber-attacks, securing intellectual properties and customer’s personally identifiable information has become increasingly challenging in business, government, and academia. It is commonly recognized that a key factor for having a cyber-secured environment and operations is well-trained employees with good cyber hygiene. A small human error may lead to a disastrous cyber incident. The cybersecurity risk management minor is designed for students in non-computing majors who are interested in learning about cybersecurity and developing the knowledge and skills to support organizations in their efforts to protect their computing and informational resources. Students learn the basics of computing and cybersecurity and then gain knowledge and practice in cybersecurity policy and law, risk management, and business continuity plans in the event of a cybersecurity attack.

Learn more about the Cybersecurity Risk Management Minor program 

Research

Learn more on the Global Cybersecurity Institute website or in the videos below.

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Software Engineering Research at RIT's Global Cybersecurity Institute

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Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Research at RIT's Global Cybersecurity Institute

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A Tour of the new Global Cybersecurity Institute at RIT

Scholarships

Overview

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. The CyberCorps® scholarships fully fund typical costs incurred by full-time students admitted to the program, including tuition, fees, and a stipend to cover room and board. Upon graduation, the CyberCorps® graduates have a mandatory commitment to work for the government in an information assurance field for the amount of time equal to their scholarship. This governmental obligation can be fulfilled by working in cybersecurity for the federal, state, local or tribal governments; this list includes, but is not limited to, various federal agencies, government branches, as well as federally funded national labs.

CyberCorps® Program at RIT

RIT has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant #1922169 to prepare “Crosscutting Cybersecurity Scholars,” who are talented students enrolled in the BS programs in Computing Security, Computer Science, and Software Engineering, and interested in pursuing an MS degree in Computing Security. 

Program Eligibility

The CyberCorps® program is open to students enrolled in the three accelerated BS/MS dual degree programs at RIT majoring in Computing Security, Computer Science, and Software Engineering. To qualify for the CyberCorps® scholarship, students must apply, qualify for and enroll in the accelerated BS/MS dual degree program in their undergraduate respective major and an MS in CSEC.  Note that this scholarship is not for first year students. 

Other eligibility requirements include all of the following:

  • US citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Completed at least one co-op prior to admission into the CyberCorps® program
  • Must be able to obtain an appropriate security clearance. (Please review the federal SF-86, http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF86.pdf)

Program Benefits

  • Undergraduate Year: full tuition and fees, and $25,000 stipend per year
  • Graduate Year: full tuition and fees, and $34,000 stipend per year
  • Professional development allowance of $6,000 per year for books, SFS Job Fair and other travel, professional certification, etc.

Ongoing Program Requirements

  • Sign CyberCorps®: Scholarship For Service (SFS) Service Agreement
  • Sign a Forgivable Loan Promissory Notes
  • Maintain a 3.25 or higher GPA
  • Participate in all CyberCorps® cohort activities
  • Accept no outside employment without written permission of the RIT CyberCorps® program
  • Continued ability to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance
  • Apply for, receive, and participate in internships (co-ops) each summer with an approved governmental agency
  • Apply for, receive, and accept a full-time position with an approved governmental agency upon completion of degrees; and complete service at that agency equal to the time funded by the scholarship

How to Apply

  • Complete this application form before March 31, 2022. 
  • You will need to upload the following PDF documents
    • A statement from the applicant not to exceed two single-spaced letter-sized pages (12 point Times Roman font) that discusses the applicant’s motivation for applying, interest in cybersecurity, any past relevant experiences, and future plans. Please include current or past military or other government services
    • A copy of the student’s most current transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
    • A current resume
    • A draft worksheet for your BS/MS program (please work with your advisor on this)
    • Two letters of professional reference with at least one from an RIT faculty member and one from a co-op (or other jobs) supervisor, if at least one co-op has been completed. These letters must discuss the student’s professional capabilities and what makes the student an appropriate candidate for the CyberCorps® scholarship.
    • One letter of personal reference from a family member. The letter must discuss the student’s personal commitment to serving the nation (to submit a letter directly). 

Additional Information

Failure to satisfy the academic requirements of the program or to complete the service requirement will result in forfeiture of the scholarship award, which will revert to a student loan with repayments pro-rated accordingly to reflect partial service completed. The institution is responsible for collecting the repayment amounts, including interest, consistent with the provisions of part B or D of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. All forfeited scholarship funds, fewer grantee costs associated with collection of the repayment not to exceed 5% of the forfeited amount, will be returned to the United States Treasury and may not be re-used by the awardee institution. Scholarship recipients in coordination with the institution and the NSF Principal Investigator may petition the NSF Program Office to waive or suspend repayment of scholarships in cases of extreme hardship or other circumstances that would preclude the fulfillment of the service obligation.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list can be found on the OPM website: https://www.sfs.opm.gov/StudFAQ.aspx.
More SFS FAQs can be found on our RIT Wiki.

Points of Contact

Please send all emails to cybercorps@rit.edu.

The Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) (formerly the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program) is designed to recruit the nation’s top cyber talent to the DoD as well as retain our current cyber workforce to help secure our nation against the threats of information systems and networks. Click here for the 2022 new application informationNote that this scholarship is not for incoming students

Undergraduate – full tuition, $27,000 stipend Graduate – full tuition, $32,000 stipend

New Applications should be submitted to the DoD website by February 1st, 2022. Here is a quick instruction for using the system.  

To be eligible for the DoD CySP Scholarship you must:

  1. You must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. You must be a citizen of the United States at the time of application. Note, if family members are not U.S. Citizens, some DoD Agencies may be unable to process the applicant (student) to the security clearance level required. Every effort will be made to assign eligible students to an Agency without such restrictions.
  3. You must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in one of the identified CAE colleges or universities listed in this announcement, or enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) at an institution selected by a CAE as a collaborative partner for these purposes.
  4. You must have completed (or by August 2022 will have completed) at a minimum the first two years of an undergraduate degree program and be eligible to (a) begin either the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program; (b) begin the first or second year of a Master's degree program, or (c) pursue doctoral studies
  5. You must be pursuing a course of study and/or have a declared major in one of the scientific, technical, or managerial disciplines related to cybersecurity or with a concentration in cybersecurity

Once in the program:

  1. Sign a written agreement obligating you to work for the Department of Defense, as a civilian employee for one calendar year for each year of scholarship assistance
  2. Serve in internship positions, if timing permits, with DoD organizations during the time you are receiving scholarship support
  3. Agree to a security/background investigation (for internships and future DoD employment). Drug tests or other suitability processing will occur as appropriate.
  4. Maintain good academic standing: 3.2 out of 4.0 GPA (undergraduates); 3.5 out of a 4.0 GPA (graduates)