There aren’t enough people with the knowledge and skills to fill all the open security positions in today’s information economy. Cybersecurity majors will be in high demand.
As a graduate of Norwich’s Computer Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) program, your services will be in high demand by private industry, government, law enforcement, the military, health services, and academia. Whether you’re focused on computer network security, malware, forensics or cyber investigation, you will be well prepared for the kind of job that never gets stale and protects our country and private interests.
CSIA majors at Norwich choose a concentration in Advanced Information Assurance or Digital Forensics. (Norwich is on a very short list of colleges where the latter concentration is available.)
Norwich a Leader in CSIA
With a focus on both theory and hands-on experience, Norwich provides a truly unique program using state-of-the-art forensic tools unheard of at other institutions of this size. Our faculty make sure majors have a command of the basics, and then find opportunities for them to work with real companies on real cases. The National Security Agency has designated Norwich University a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, an honor of great value in the security profession.
Norwich University is one of very few academic institutions to be designated as both a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (since 2001, by the National Security Agency of the United States of America) and a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (since 2012, by the Defense Cyber Crime Center of the United States Air Force Office of Special Operations). These designations recognize Norwich’s significant contribution in meeting national demand for digital-forensics and information-assurance education, developing a growing number of professionals with expertise in both areas, and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national critical information infrastructure.
Each student has an individually-assigned faculty advisor from their very first day on campus. The faculty advisor assists in the development of an individualized academic program designed to meet the student's career goals. The student and the faculty advisor work together to keep the student's individualized program on track throughout their enrollment at Norwich. Committed to strong ties between the classroom, the computer labs, and the real world, this program focuses extensively on the practical application of classroom work to solving real-world problems in forensics and information assurance.
The Computer Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) major provides a foundation of study in the liberal arts, mathematics, management, and the sciences, as well as computer programming, digital forensics and information assurance. Students integrate knowledge from these disciplines to enter organizations with both practical, functional capabilities and an enterprise perspective. During Spring Semester sophomores CSIA majors must select from two available areas of specialization – Forensics or Information Assurance Management (students can successfully complete both by taking additional courses per semester). The curriculum of the major complies with the standards defined by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) required by the National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC).
The forensics concentration prepares graduates for practical application of current forensics theory, ethics, techniques, skills, and tools, for all levels of digital-incident investigation relevant to solving policy violations and crimes. Students learn and apply foundational concepts, terminology and techniques ranging from the extraction and analysis of digital evidence, its sources and communication, to process-, system- and program-design.
Information Assurance Management Concentration
The information assurance (IA) management concentration prepares graduates to analyze requirements and implement measures to protect information confidentiality, control, integrity, authenticity, availability, and utility, and to maintain their technical and managerial competence in the face of ever-changing requirements and technology. Students integrate concepts, terminology, and techniques, from operations management, organizational psychology, and information assurance, for the effective development and implementation of IA in organizations.
To view course Cybersecurity and Information Assurance course offerings and a curriculum map for majors and minors, see the Norwich University academic course catalog:
Joshua Hartley, '16, Computer Security & Information Assurance Major
In high school, Joshua Hartley defended attacks on the gridiron as an offensive lineman. At Norwich, the computer programming phenom studied network defense for malware, cyber attacks, and other malfeasance as a CSIA major. Among other projects, Hartley joined the Norwich team that provided cybersecurity at Super Bowl 50 and served as the lead administrator for the Norwich Threat Analysis Center, a unique effort to deploy thousands of sensors to monitor and analyze attacks across the global Internet. “Even in one year, Norwich ... changed my work ethic,” the high-achieving Hartley says. “In high school, I didn’t perform nearly to my full capacity. When I got to Norwich, I put my full effort into every class and worked for perfection.” Hartley also picked up the guitar during his first year at Norwich. “I spend a lot of time programming. It’s nice to have a hobby that isn’t all ones and zeroes.”
Online Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance
Are you looking to obtain a leadership position in the information assurance industry? Look no further than Norwich's Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance online program. Coursework covers business, governance, and policy decisions that can help you develop the skills needed to communicate risk management solutions to your employer.