Computer Security Major
While our personal data is ripe for the picking by experienced hackers — at a cost of billions to victims the world over — careers in computer security are equally in demand, from crime investigation to malware analysis, vulnerability research to information recovery. And with technology outpacing the workforce, students earning computer security degrees will find a bumper crop of opportunities upon graduation.
What Will I Learn?
You will be offered a deep, broad understanding of computer security through an overlap of the department’s three majors: computer science, informational technology and computer security.
The computer security major develops your:
- Mastery of core knowledge and skills in computer security
- Ability to evaluate threats
- Skill in detecting intrusions
- Experience using cybersecurity tools
- Expertise in constructing reliable systems
- Awareness of the social context of computer crime.
What is Unique About Our Program?
SUNY Plattsburgh offers one of the only computer security majors among the SUNY comprehensive schools.
And, launching Fall 2023, we are offering a rigorous transfer degree completion option to students at our branch campus in Queensbury with a concentration in threat analysis.
What Are My Career Opportunities?
Excellent Job Prospects
The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts for information security analysts favorable job prospects and employment growth of 37 percent between 2012 and 2022 — much faster than average for all occupations.
Job prospects are excellent, computers are everywhere and in everything. There is a growing demand for specialization in computer security.