BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS) 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 Commission 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.
 
Click here to download PDF version of curriculum.
 

Year One

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CSEC - 140

Introduction to Cybersecurity

3

CSEC - 123, 124

Software Development and Problem Solving I, II

8

UWRT - 150

Writing Seminar

3

MATH - 181, 182

Project-based Calculus I, II

8
 

LAS Perspective 1 (Global) (Islamic Culture Course)

3

MATH - 190

Discrete Mathematics for Computing

3

NSSA - 241

Intro to Routing and Switching

3

YOPS - 010

RIT 365: RIT Connections

0

Year Two

CSEC - 201

Programming of Information Security

3

MATH - 251

Probability and Statistics I

3

CSEC - 202

Reverse Engineering Fundamentals

3

NSSA - 221

Systems Administration I

3

MATH - 241/ MATH-252

Linear Algebra/ Prob & Stats II

3

PHYS - 211, 212
CHMG - 141+145, 142+146
BIOG - 140, 240

Lab Science Sequence

8

NSSA - 245

Network Services

3

CSEC - 99

Co-op Prep Seminar

0
 

LAS Perspective 2, 4 (Ethical, Social)

6
 

Cooperative Education (summer)

Co-op

Year Three

 

Computing Security Electives 1, 2

6

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
 

Free Electives 1, 2

6
 

Cooperative Education (summer)

Co-op

Year Four

 

Computing Security Electives 3, 4, 5, 6

12
 

LAS Immersion 1

3
 

LAS Immersion 2, 3

6

PHIL - 102/202/306

Ethics Elective

3

CSEC - 490

Capstone in Computing Security (WI)

3
 

Free Elective 3, 4

6

Total Credits - 126

ADVANCED ELECTIVES

Students complete the 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.
 
A matriculated student in the BS in Computing Security is required to take 6 advanced elective courses. Three of the electives must come from one of the four clusters and the other three from the approved general list.
  • Network and System Security

  • Forensics and Malware

  • Software Security, or

  • Security Management and Evaluation.

Currently, RIT Dubai is offering the following advanced courses. CSEC - 461, 462, and 471 are from the Network and System Security cluster and CSEC - 520, 463, and 465 belong to the approved general list of advanced electives.

  • CSEC-461 Computer System Security

  • CSEC-462 Network Security and Forensics

  • CSEC-471 Penetration Testing Frameworks and Methodologies

  • CSEC-520 Cyber Analytics and Machine Learning

  • CSEC-463 Sensor Network Security

  • CSEC-465 Network & System Security Audit

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL 

"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." - Yash Arora

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

Page last modified on: August 13, 2020