Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Computing Security MS

Program Overview

The BS in Computing Security is designed to produce graduates who will be experts in identification and detection of computing system and network security vulnerabilities and exploits. They will also be skilled in recognizing and repelling cyber-attacks. Of equal importance for these students is an understanding of the forensic requirements of proving that an attack occurred and where it originated. They will have the knowledge needed to diagnose the extent of the attack so that damage can be repaired and the extent of any information loss assessed. Their coursework includes a complement of core courses which gives the students a firm foundation in computer programming, networking, systems administration and computing security. This is followed by advanced study where the students select from a variety of specialty areas such as network security, systems security, digital forensics, malware analysis, secure software development and coding, and computing security theory. This allows the student to gain in depth knowledge in their areas of interest. Although security issues are addressed throughout our curriculum students in the computing security program address security theory and technologies in great depth.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 290 students are enrolled in the Computing Security degree program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are required to complete two co-op work assignments.

Salary Information

Co-op:     $18.86                     $8.00 - $43.50
BS:          $64,251                   $42,000 - $160,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

End of the Second Academic Year:
Basic computer and network security awareness as well as exposure to security policy and legal issues.  Strong programming skills in various computing language including Scripting, Python, Java, C/C++. Direct experience in a variety of computing environments on multiple platforms, including Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Basic system administration functions, including account creation and management.
During the Third and Fourth Academic Year:
Intermediate to advanced computing security techniques associated various focused specialty areas such as System and 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 Information Assurance/Cyber Defense by National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

Equipment & Facilities

Our students have access to hundreds of computers which are distributed over several specialty labs. These labs include: the Networking Lab, the Systems Administration Lab, the Projects/Trouble Shooting Lab, the Digital Forensics Lab, the air-gapped Security Lab, the programming labs and the database labs. Each of these facilities is fully equipped with high performance desktop machines and make extensive use of virtualization technologies to provide a wide variety of operating system environments.  In addition, the labs have a full array of networking equipment from a variety of vendors. The labs are also equipped with wireless access points with 802.11a,b,g,n protocols, layer 3 switches, as well as network simulation, network data capture and virtualization software. To complement these labs, the department has accesses to twelve “Roll-Around” racks equipped with twenty-four layer three switches and sixteen layer two switches and image servers which allow students to save their work in progress as well as select from a wide variety of operating systems. The security lab includes a full assortment of firewalls, IDS, VPN bundles, layer 3 switches, routers, digital forensics software, and various other pieces of security related software.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Apple Inc., Blackrock, BOCES Monroe #2, Box Inc., Brand Networks Inc., Cisco SF, Cisco Systems Inc., CliftonLarsonAllen, Coalfire Systems, Corning Inc., Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, Datto Inc., DENTSPLY International, Draper Laboratory, EarthLink Business, Eastman Kodak, FactSet Research Systems Inc., General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Global Printing (Global Thinking), Global Response, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM Corp, iCardiac Technologies Inc., IDI Billing Solutions, Innovative Systems, Inc., Interactive Intelligence Inc., ITT Exelis,  JPMorgan Chase, Liberty Mutual, LinkedIn, Mediancom Communications Corp., Metlife, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Security Agency, Northrop Grumman, NYS Unified Court System, Oceana Inc., Palantir Technologies, Parsons, PASCO Building Automation Systems, Paychex, Phoenix Energy Supply, Ponte Technologies, PPL Corporation, Pro-Mold Inc., Quanterion Solutions Inc., Raytheon, Reliant Security, RIT – Information Security Office, RIT – ITS/Technical Support, Rochester General Health System, Southwest Airlines, Symantec Corporation, Syracuse University, Systems Management Planning Inc., The Hershey Company, Time Inc., Trustwave, University of Rochester  - Center for Research Computing, University of Rochester Medical Center – Information Systems Division, UTC Aerospace Systems, Verizon Wireless, Wayfair, Wegmans Food Markets Inc., Wilmorite Management Group LLC, Wyman Gordon

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in hiring RIT co-ops, graduating students or alumni. We will make every effort to ensure your recruiting endeavor is a success. Call our office and ask to speak with Michelle Magee, the career services coordinator who works with the Computing Security program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at
Michelle A. Magee, Career Services Coordinator
Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
RIT . Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY 14623-5603
585.475.2301; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 04 August 2014 Posted in Computing and Information Sciences