Prepares students for a career in the computer information systems information assurance field. As the world becomes more dependent on information technology, the security of information becomes critical. Henry Ford College is a member of the International Cyber-Security Education Consortium, and offers an interdisciplinary program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree that emphasizes technical security, ethical conduct, legal and regulatory compliance, law enforcement and development of strategic security plans. Students complete an interdisciplinary core of study and can tailor electives to their career or transfer interest.
In April, 2006, the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Review Committee of the National Security Agency's National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP) certified that Henry Ford College's Information Assurance courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals NSTISSI-4011.
- Operate a personal computer and productivity software installed on it, including Microsoft Office, file management, the Internet/Web, e-mail, and input/output/storage devices
- Explain the importance of personal responsibility and security in a technological world, including copyright laws, netiquette, ethics, privacy issues, and security threats
- Explain networking standards, protocols, transmission media, and hardware
- Describe the fundamentals of information security, the various threats to business continuity, and legal, ethical and professional issues relative to Information Security
- Develop a comprehensive security plan, including risk analysis, legal, regulatory, physical, data and personnel threats
- Describe the role of various disciplines in Information Assurance in the development of comprehensive security measures and guidelines
- Demonstrate proficiency in national, Michigan and Wayne County policies, threats and vulnerabilities of systems, legal elements of protection and prosecution, countermeasures, risk management, trust, organizational personnel
- Analyze situations as to technological, policy and educational vulnerabilities and develop solutions and recommendations
- Law Enforcement
- Secure Software Engineering
- Language Specialist
- Network Security Specialist
See General Education Requirements for details.
Students should consult with an adviser before course selection. The 6 credit hour requirement is intended for concentration in world language, networking, software engineering or criminal justice.