Minor in Information Assurance

The Minor in Information Assurance (IA) is a designated NSA National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NCAE-CD) program. The program provides students with the knowledge and capacity to implement information security and to solve information assurance problems. The program goals are to heighten awareness of IA in the academic community, prepare graduates who are capable of evaluating IA situations, and to contribute to finding appropriate solutions to IA problems.

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For students who currently hold degrees in areas other than IA, the program provides the environment to develop their knowledge and capacity for implementing information security and to do research in the area. It will also benefit students who wish to supplement their educations with knowledge of how to evaluate and improve the security of data from both technical and social perspectives.

Minor in Information Assurance


The IA minor is not limited to students in the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In addition to students in computer-related programs such as Computer Science, Information Science, or Systems Engineering, the minor is also designed to include those with interests in Criminal Justice or Business Management who may not have extensive backgrounds in computers, math, or technology.

Cybersecurity students

The IA Minor consists of 20 hours in seven courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or greater. Students matriculating through colleges other than EIT must obtain written consent from the instructors before enrolling in a course offered by EIT.

Curriculum

Required Prerequisite (3 hours)
CSEC 1310 – Introduction to Cyber Security

Core Courses (8 hours)
CRJU 3309 – Cybercrime
CSEC 3300 – Digital Forensics
IFSC 2200 – Ethics in the Profession

Computer Networking Course (3 hours)
MGMT 4310 – Network Technologies
IFSC 3315 – Applied Networking
CPSC 4384 – Computer Networks or ECEG 3332 – Communication Networks

Database Course (3 hours)
MGMT 4350 – Business Data Management
IFSC 3320 – Database Concepts
CPSC 3375 – Database Concepts
SYEN 3360 – Data Communications

Approved Elective (3 hours)
SYEN 3318 – Decision and Risk Analysis
MGMT 4311 – Security Issues and Advanced Topics in Network Technologies
IFSC 4339 – Network Security
IFSC 4330 – Database Security
CPSC 3380 – Operating Systems
CSEC 3312 – Applied Cryptography

Information Assurance Technical Certificate


Information Assurance Technical Certificate

The IA Technical Certificate consists of 20 hours in seven courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or greater. Students matriculating through colleges other than EIT must obtain written consent from the instructors before enrolling in a course offered by EIT.

Students or working professionals who may or may not already have an undergraduate or graduate degree may elect to earn a Technical Certificate in Information
Assurance. The technical certificate program is provided by the Department of Computer Science; contact the department chairperson for current information.
The requirements for certification are the same as the minor program. Note: This graded certificate does not replace traditional certification programs such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.

FAQ

Does UA Little Rock offer a minor in Cybersecurity?
UA Little Rock continues to offer the minor in Information Assurance. Students already completing this minor will continue to receive the course offerings required to graduate with the minor. Additional courses offered in Cybersecurity will count toward the minor degree, and we plan to transition this into a minor in Cybersecurity.

Does UA Little Rock offer a Cybersecurity BS?
We have a Cybersecurity BS as of Fall 2021.

I’ve already taken courses in the Information Assurance minor. Do these transfer?
Yes, IFAS 2300: Intro to Information Assurance counts for CSEC 1310: Intro to Cybersecurity, and IFAS 3300: Computer Forensics will count for CSEC 3300.

Does UA Little Rock offer a graduate degree in Cybersecurity?
We have programs for both an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Information Sciences. These degrees offer courses and research opportunities in cybersecurity.