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Designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021.
Your Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification gives you the opportunity to save up to $8,581 on your BS in IT degree.*
Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $15K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.
BS in IT students transfer an average of 63 credits, potentially saving over $22,400.
Earn a badge on the way to completing this specialization, which can highlight your mastery and skills in information assurance and cybersecurity.
*Savings inclusive of fees charged by Capella to evaluate and award academic credit for your prior learning. The documented credit fee of $50 is assessed each quarter you request documented credit. Capella reserves the right to change fees at any time. Learners who submit IAS-IT documented credit for the CISSP, CISM, CISA, CEH and SSCP may only be awarded a maximum of 5 courses through documented credit. They are able to submit regular petitions for the remaining credits allowed for PLA in their curriculum.
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*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (75th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.
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Our Information Security Career Central site is intended for individuals looking to enter or advance their careers in the growing field of information security. Hosted by Capella University, this site is devoted to sharing accurate, up-to-date information about hiring trends, jobs, skills development, industry certifications, educational opportunities, and other subjects related to information security.
Our bachelor’s in information technology, information assurance and cybersecurity degree helps you learn to evaluate security policies, social engineering, access control, authentication, perimeter security, disaster recovery, and more.
Cyber Defense and Countermeasures
Learners in this course examine principles of cyber defense and apply in-depth cyber countermeasure techniques to analyze and secure cyber infrastructure components. Learners also analyze relevant legal, ethical, policy, and risk considerations. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.
|6 quarter credits|
Cyber Attacks and Ethical Hacking
Learners in this course use techniques, tools, and cybersecurity utilities to develop their understanding of strategies that hackers use to attack computers and networks. Learners investigate security threats and system vulnerabilities exploited by hackers, as well as consequences associated with being hacked. In addition, learners explore Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), ethical hacking techniques, sniffers, protocols, social engineering, vulnerability analysis, and the use of penetration testing to ensure infrastructure security. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.
|6 quarter credits|
Learners in this course scrutinize computer forensics as a discipline that supports law enforcement professionals in investigating white collar crime. Learners use computer forensics tools and techniques, and evaluate crime investigations, incident response and handling, and legal issues. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.
|6 quarter credits|
Security Management and Policies
In this course, learners increase their knowledge of hands-on security management practices by analyzing security policies and procedures, risk management, and business continuity planning. Topics include security and business need trade-offs, risk assessments, designing security policies and procedures and a business continuity plan, and enforcement of security policies and procedures. Prerequisite(s): IT3355, IT4803.
|6 quarter credits|
Operating Systems and Application Security
Learners in this course use appropriate technologies to identify, investigate, and mitigate vulnerabilities, threats, and risks in operating systems and applications, including mobile and web applications, email, and databases. Prerequisite(s): IT4803.
|6 quarter credits|
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Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our bachelor's in information technology, information assurance and cybersecurity degree.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
While the information technology field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, some of the more common paths include:
Design technical strategies for mitigating risks to information assets and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks, systems, and sensitive information.
Job titles to explore may include working as an information security analyst, security engineer, or security manager for a global tech company, information technology consulting firm, nonprofit organization, or corporation.
Build a secure architecture for an organization including data communication networks such as local area networks, wide area networks, and intranets.
Job titles to explore may include working as a network engineer, network security engineer, or security manager for a global tech company, information technology consulting firm, nonprofit organization, or corporation.
Design technical strategies for mitigating risks to information assets related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes.
Job titles to explore may include working as an information assurance engineer or information assurance analyst for a global tech company, information technology consulting firm, nonprofit organization, or corporation.
Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.
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