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Introducing a Concentration in Information Assurance into a Computer Science Program

Waleed Farag and Azad Ali
Department of Computer Science
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15701, USA and


The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the experience of one department at introducing a program in information assurance. The department of Computer science (COSC) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) has been offering a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Computer Science Information Assurance Track for several years. The development of this degree and their contents has been implemented to respond to various demands including the nation’s needs for trained security professional as well as the Information Technology (IT) sector market. The content of this program has taken different factors regarding to faculty availability, technological need and market demand. The experience of this computer science department in developing the Bachelor of Science degree in information assurance is illustrated in this paper. The paper first reviews literature regarding the evolving information assurance over all and in academic programs in particular. Then, it focuses on the experience of the Computer Science department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in introducing a track in information assurance within their program.

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