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.
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).
CSIA majors at Norwich choose from the following concentrations:
The advanced 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.
The digital 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.