By Kim Chaudoin on 6/9/2011
Lipscomb’s new bachelor’s and master’s programs among few in the region
Lipscomb University’s Department of Computing and Information Technology (CIT) announces new bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in information security. While protection of proprietary digital data is among the most important issues facing our society, few programs locally are preparing students to become leaders in information security.
Currently accepting applications for this fall, the new bachelor’s and master’s degree programs will prepare students for careers in the information security industry. The Bachelor of Science degree is designed to train undergraduate students for entry-level information security jobs. The Master of Science is designed for information technology professionals interested in pursuing high-level technology positions such as chief information officers and chief information security officers.
“The demand for trained security professionals, who can protect a company from high-profile data losses and secure an organization’s information assets, is huge and growing with entry-level salaries at a very attractive level. But the supply coming out of universities is small. Companies are in desperate need of information security experts. It is critical that organizations lock down their information and continually look for new ways to keep it secure to new threats. This degree—which focuses on both the managerial and design issues in information security—prepares students for careers in a variety of scenarios from large corporations to the development of their own entrepreneurial information security capability,” said Don Geddes, chair of Lipscomb’s CIT department.
In addition to the traditional undergraduate and graduate offerings, students may also enroll in a five-year, 156-hour program in which they complete the bachelor’s and master’s degree concurrently.
Lipscomb’s CIT department, housed in the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, offers undergraduate degrees in computer science, information technology applications, web application development and information security and a graduate degree in information security. These programs are designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of commercial computing environments.