Rochester Institute of Technology

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Computing Security BS

Program Overview

The computing security degree at RIT is a cybersecurity degree that provides students with a solid foundation in programming and mathematics and an extensive selection of advanced topics from the areas of the network and system security, digital forensics and malware, software security, data security, and privacy, to cyber analytics and intelligence.

The scope of computer systems and networks and the span of these systems increases in organizations every day. At the same time, industry and society's dependence on these technologies is growing dramatically, as is the creation of malicious software that attacks computing systems and networks. Therefore, computing security has become a major concern for organizations large and small to ensure their business success and continuity. The result is an increased and urgent demand for security professionals and technologies that can secure and protect from relentless attack digital assets of an organization as well as the hardware and software infrastructures that house the information.

The BS 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 protecting digital assets of large or small organizations, graduates will be able to proactively identify security vulnerabilities in software, hardware, and infrastructure, and provide and implement actionable solutions that are satisfactory to the organization. Graduates will also be able to collect digital forensic evidence to reveal network and data breach incidents, attribute the attackers or origin, assess the extent of the damage or loss of information, and design strategies that ensure data are protected from future attacks.

The BS in computing security provides students with a solid foundation in computer science and mathematics during the first two years of the program. Starting the third year, students can select an in-depth study in various aspects of computing security including network and system security, malware and digital forensics, software security, and security evaluations and management.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 425 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is Mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 2 blocks, 15 per semester
  • Co-op availability: Second Year summer through Fourth Year summer-fall block

Salary Information

Co-op:        $21.88               $9.23 - $45.00
BS:              $ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

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.


RIT is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education which is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

RIT has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and Research by National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.


Equipment & Facilities

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.

Training / Qualifications

Information security continues to develop as a career field, and many schools are responding with information security programs for prospective job seekers. Currently, a well-rounded computer education is preferred. Employers of information security analysts may prefer applicants who have a master’s degree in information systems. Important Qualities: Analytical skills. Analysts must study computer systems and networks and assess risks to determine how security policies and protocols can be improved. Detail oriented. Because cyberattacks can be difficult to detect, analysts pay careful attention to their computer systems and watch for minor changes in performance. Ingenuity. Analysts anticipate information security risks and implement new ways to protect their organizations’ computer systems and networks. Problem-solving skills. Analysts respond to security alerts and uncover and fix flaws in computer systems and networks.

Job Titles

Computer Security Analyst, Cyber Security Engineer, Information Security Analyst, Junior Security Engineer, Malware Analyst, Network Engineer, Security Analyst, Site Reliability Engineer, Systems Engineer, Digital Forensics Analyst

Significant Points

  • RIT is a top 100 National University:,
  • with a dedicated department for Computing Security, being the first university in the U.S. to offer an academic department devoted entirely to the field (,
  • inside a dedicated college for Computing and Information Sciences (
  • 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 boasts a dedicated Center for Cybersecurity which partners with industry leaders to understand cybersecurity needs and serves as a hub for various research projects:
  • The Center has major RIT support-(over $2M): 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):

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Apple, Bank of America, Cisco, CIA, Eaton Corporation, FBI, IBM Corporation,, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Juniper Networks, Lockheed Martin, Mitre Corporation, National Security Agency, Parsons, Paychex, Raytheon, RedHat, Ultimate Software, Symantec Corporation, Wegmans

Contact Us

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