Network and Computer Security Minor

The growing need for information security in critical data and communications networks makes the minor in Network and Computer Security a smart choice for all Engineering and Engineering Technology students. Even those in fields such as Business and Nursing will benefit from a better understanding of today’s networks and how they affect our industries, workplaces, and lives.

The Network and Computer Security minor provides a broad understanding of information security principles, data communications networks, and computing systems. The core courses provide a firm background in information security, data communications networks, and computer system security. The wide range of electives enables a customized program to be developed that serves the need of various academic majors. For example, students majoring in Engineering or Engineering Technology are encouraged to take IS 310 and NCS 315 as electives. Students majoring in Business are encouraged to take IS 310 and NCS 330 as electives.

A minimum of 8 credits making up the requirements for the minor must be taken at SUNYIT. Students are advised to consider the additional prerequisite coursework needed for some of the courses applicable to the minor. The minor requires a minimum of 17 credit hours, at least 8 of which must be taken in residence.

Total Credit Hours: 17

A. Required Courses

  • NCS 181 Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • NCS 210 Network Transmission Technology
  • NCS 320 Information Assurance Fundamentals

B. Elective Courses

  • IS 310 Hardware and Network Infrastructure
  • NCS 315 Network Standards and Protocols
  • NCS 330 Information Assurance Ethics, Policies and Disaster Recovery
  • NCS 350 Wireless Systems and Security
  • NCS 384 Network Intrusion Detection
  • NCS 435 Computer and Network Forensics
  • NCS 450 Network Security
  • NCS 460 Advanced Wireless Security
  • NCS 490 Special Topics in Network and Computer Security