The minor in Information Assurance (IA) at UA Little Rock is a designated NSA National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NCAE-CD) program.
This minor provides students with the knowledge and capacity to implement information security and to solve information assurance problems. The program aims 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.
For students who have degrees in areas other than IA, the minor 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 education with knowledge of how to evaluate and improve the security of data from both technical and social perspectives.
The minor is not limited to students in the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students with interests in Criminal Justice or Business, who may not have extensive backgrounds in computers, math, or technology, can also benefit from taking this minor.
The 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 CSTEM must obtain written consent from the instructors before enrolling in a course offered by CSTEM.