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).