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Major in Computer Security

Meeting the Needs of a Changing World

TJ Maxx, PlayStation Network, CardSystems Solutions, Target Stores, and, most recently, Anthem — are companies listed among worst data security breaches of the 21st century, according to online security- and risk-management news site CSO Online.

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 plumb, 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.

Every day, we hear in the news about various security breaches — the existing problems are almost overwhelming. There is a huge demand for professionals who know how to help with these problems. Technology is advancing at a tremendous pace; as a society, we’re faced with new challenges.

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.

As a result, SUNY Plattsburgh is offering one of the only computer security majors among the SUNY comprehensive schools.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Security (120 credits)

Students majoring in computer security 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, Plaza said.

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.

Program Requirements

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about computer science and information technology programs at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact

Dr. Jan Plaza, Chair
Office: Au Sable Hall, Room 307
Phone: (518) 564-2788
Fax: (518) 564-2768
Email: [email protected]