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Colorado Technical University


Doctor of Computer Science - Information Assurance (Executive Format) (Online)

In today's complex global business environments, the planning, upgrading and monitoring of security measures play critical roles in the protection of an organization's computer networks and the safeguarding of its digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. Roles and responsibilities for professionals challenged with maintaining the integrity and safety of a company's data are diverse, ranging from software engineers and computer scientists to those specializing in computer security from an information systems perspective.

Colorado Technical University's Doctor of Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance (DCS-IA) is a degree program designed to develop leaders in managing enterprise information systems with an emphasis on information assurance. The three-year program is structured to provide students with the industry-current knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a diverse range of leadership opportunities that require the capacity to analyze the computer and information needs of an organization from an operational and strategic perspective.

Core coursework in this program focuses on a number of substantive areas relevant to the field of information assurance. For example:


- In Enterprise Security Architecture, students explore security as it relates to service-oriented architecture (SOA), software-as-a-service (SaaS), business-to-business architectures and cloud computing.

- In Foundations of Digital Systems Security, malware attacks are examined and vulnerability analysis and risk assessment are discussed, along with many other industry-relevant topics.

- In Governance, Quality, Compliance and Ethics, students study topics such as trust, security and privacy issues in enterprise computing and quality assurance issues in enterprise computing.

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