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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Security and Risk Analysis Minor

Penn State Abington - contact: Joe Oakes,
Penn State Berks
University College: Penn State Beaver,
Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State New Kensington, Penn State Worthington Scranton, World Campus
University Park, College of Information Sciences and Technology (SRA)

The minor in Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) is intended to familiarize students with the general frameworks and multidisciplinary theories that define security and related risk analysis. Course work will engage students in the challenges and problems of assuring information confidentiality and integrity (e.g., social, economic, technology, and policy issues) as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various methods for assessing and mitigating associated risk in the students' major field.

The minor provides a grounding in analysis and modeling used in information search, visualization and creative problem solving. This knowledge is set in the context of legal, ethical and regulatory issues of security including analysis of privacy and security law, internal control standards, regulatory policies and basic investigative processes and principles. Such understanding overviews the information technology that plays a critical role in identifying, preventing and responding to security-related events in the student's major field.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level.)

IST 110 GS(3), SRA 111 GS(3), SRA 211(3), SRA 221(3) (Sem: 1-6)
IST 452(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 6 credits in consultation with the SRA Minor adviser from the following areas: Risk Management, Network Security, or Cyber Forensics. At least 3 credits must be at the 400 level. (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-06-457

Review Date: 4/10/07