Every business of any size today is dependent upon a networked computer system connected to the Internet. Computer and network technologies have greatly increased employee productivity and reduced the cost of doing business. Unfortunately, the same technology that makes life easier for employees makes life more difficult for the IT professionals whose responsibility it is to protect the organization’s vital data and corporate informational assets. To protect themselves, companies seek professionals with the strongest security credentials available. Security job functions can be very specific, such as encryption technology, or broad, such as threat assessment.
Considering the increase of targeted attacks by hackers, random attacks involving computer viruses, the growing presence of spyware/adware/malware, and the use of computersand their datain various white collar criminal activities, more and more businesses require highly-skilled IT professionals. Private and Public corporations alike seek professionals who are capable of protecting networks from intrusion, protecting computers from viruses, and retrieving data as evidence from computers used in the commission of fraud and other corporate crimes.
Computer and Network Security is projected as the second fastest growing occupation by the US Department of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to the BLS, the number of people employed as network systems and data communications analysts is projected to increase by 53% between 2006 and 2018.
Although computer and networking security is an emerging academic field across the nation, local institutions have yet to offer such a program in its entirety. Wilmington University is the only institution to offer the Bachelor of Science in Computer and Network Security in the area.
Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.