The Forbes issue of August 12, 2013 featured a story of the hacking of a car as commonly experienced in the computer world. In the article, the author likened an automobile to a computer system that can be hacked. As a matter of fact, tiny computer chips are increasingly embedded in modern gadgets and objects like cars and TVs that make them vulnerable like computers. Chips make computers versatile, ubiquitous and pervasive. There are new computing developments such as the so-called “Internet of Things” that create a world where every object – from aircraft to pin – is linked to the Internet. Even the prospects of the intergalactic Internet are much more on the horizon. These computerized systems and objects are exposed and susceptible to the security problems prevalent in the normal computer systems. These new developments have increased the concerns for computer security and the need for study and research in information security.
So what, exactly, is information security?
The U.S. National Information Systems Security wordlist defines information security as the protection of information systems against unauthorized access to or modification of information, whether in storage, processing or transit, and against the denial of service to authorized users or the provision of service to unauthorized users, including those measures necessary to detect, document, and counter such threats. It has two components – IT Security, sometimes referred to as computer security (deals with technology) and Information Assurance, an aspect that ensures data is not lost when critical issues arise.
Where can you study information security?
Sullivan University offers programs in information security at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that can be earned entirely online. You can gain theoretical and practical skills combatting simulated cyber-attacks in our advanced virtual security lab in the following areas:
- Cyber Security Administration Certificate – The program is a concentration in the Associate of Science in Computer Information Technology. This entry-level program provides the basic skills to secure software, hardware and networks. You can learn to securely configure and administer Windows and Linux server.
- Cyber Security Professional Certificate – The program is a concentration in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program. This intermediate level program builds on technical skills that are needed to defend the enterprise environment and protect an organization such as packet Analysis, penetration testing, incident handling and malware removal.
- Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security – The program prepares you with advanced skills to build secure infrastructures, prevent cyber-attacks, secure electronic resources and networks and safeguard privacy of communications.
- Master of Science in Cyber Security – This degree prepares you to lead and work in various capacities to protect information infrastructures of different organizations. You’ll develop core competencies in information security assessments, cyber warfare, monitoring and auditing of computer implementations and networks. This extends to investigating operating systems security, distributed systems, database security, security policies and protocols, cryptography and applications security. The degree provides the skills and technical knowledge to understand information security with theoretical and practical experience.
About the Author:
Dr. Emmanuel E. Udoh is the dean of the College of Information and Computer Technology at Sullivan University. In addition to his administrative title of dean, Dr. Udoh holds a concurrent faculty title of full professor. Dr. Udoh oversees Sullivan’s programs within the College of Information and Computer Technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as the concentrations at the master’s and doctoral levels.
Prior to his appointment at Sullivan University, Dr. Udoh was the chair / director of the IT Department at National College and an assistant professor of Computer Science at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne. Dr. Udoh holds two doctoral degrees, one in Information Technology from Capella University and one in Geology from Erlangen University in Germany. He also holds an MBA from Capella University.
Dr. Udoh is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Grid and High Performance Computing and an associate editor of the International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies. Dr. Udoh has authored six books and numerous peer-reviewed articles that relate to the IT industry. Dr. Udoh has been listed in American Marquis Who’s Who in the World (1993-1994).
Dr. Udoh’ s hobbies include reading, traveling, playing chess game, table tennis and listening to good music.