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Security and Risk Analysis Minor (SRA)

The minor in Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) is intended to familiarize students with the general framework and multidisciplinary theories that define security and related risk analysis. Course work will engage students in the challenges and problems of assuring information confidentiality and integrity (e.g., social, economic, technology, and policy issues), as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various methods for assessing and mitigating associated risk in the student's major field.

The minor provides a grounding in analysis and modeling used in information search, visualization, and creative problem solving. This knowledge is set in the context of legal, ethical, and regulatory issues of security including analysis of privacy and security law, internal control standards, regulatory policies, and basic investigative processes and principles. Such understanding overviews the information technology that plays a critical role in identifying, preventing, and responding to security-related events in the student's major field.

Applying to the SRA Minor

  • Application for minors will be accepted any time after a student has achieved at least fifth-semester classification. However, a student must apply and be accepted before the end of the regular add/drop period of his/her final semester.
  • Students are required to set up an appointment with an IST adviser to complete the application process.
  • A grade of C or better is required for all courses in this minor.


Prescribed Courses (15 credits):

  • IST 110 Information, People, and Technology (3)
  • SRA 111 Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis (3)
  • SRA 211 Threat of Terrorism and Crime (3)
  • SRA 221 Overview of Information Security (3)
  • IST 452 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Privacy and Security (3)

Risk Management Focus:

  • SRA 231 Decision Theory and Analysis (3)
  • SRA 311 Risk Management: Assessment and Mitigation (3)
  • IST 432 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology (3)
  • IST 456 Security and Risk Management (3)

Network Security Focus:

  • IST 220 Networking and Telecommunications (3)
  • IST 451 Network Security (3)

Cyber Forensics Focus:

  • IST 453 Legal, Regulatory, Policy Environment of Cyber Forensics (3)
  • IST 454 Computer and Cyber Forensics (3)