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Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses


Certificate in

Information Systems Security

The Information Systems Security Certificate is a 33-credit hour program designed to help prepare individuals for the challenging world of information security. IT systems are increasingly under attack from a broad range of threats, and the impact from attacks are significant. Failure to properly protect an organization can cause significant loss of revenue, customers, jobs, as well as possibly forcing an organization to go out of business. The certificate in Information Systems Security will allow students to acquire and apply various methods, tools, technologies, and processes to help secure an organization.


The certificate coursework will help prepare students for positions in information assurance and information security analysts. Employment of information security analysts is projected to 22 percent from 2010 to 2020 according to the US Bureau of Labor. Personnel trained in information security are needed to project the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information resources and the infrastructure that enables the sharing of information.


The courses required for the certificate integrate information security topics with computer information systems.


  • CIS-101  Networking Concepts
  • CIS-240  Network Concepts
  • ISS-210  Introduction to Information Security
  • ISS-220  Security Risk Management and Policy
  • ISS-310  Information Security Architecture
  • ISS-320  Vulnerability Assessment and Management
  • ISS-340  Computer Security
  • ISS-360  Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • ISS-410  Network Defense I
  • ISS-412  Network Defense II
  • ISS-470  Information Security Management


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Minor in

Information Systems Security

The Information Systems Security minor is designed to allow students in other disciplines as well as computer information system students to earn a credential in the information security area, which will enhance their marketability as security skills are essential in protecting sensitive information and securing organizational assets. Personnel trained in information security are needed to protect the confidentially, integrity, and availability of information resources and the infrastructure that enables the sharing of information.



The minor in Information Systems Security is an 18-credit hour concentration with six required courses:

  • CIS-101  Introduction to Computer Science
  • CIS-240  Introduction to Networking
  • ISS-210  Introduction to Digital Security
  • ISS-220  Security Risk Management and Policy
  • ISS-410  Network Defense I
  • ISS-470  Information Security Management



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Immerse yourself in core courses that provide the basic technology skills that will prepare you for more advanced theory and technology training in programming, database administration, systems analysis, networking, and Web design and development.

Degrees Offered:  B.S. and A.S.
Offered in Augusta, Bangor, at sites statewide and online

 

Minor in

Computer Networking

The Computer Networking minor is designed to allow students in other disciplines as well as computer information students to earn a credential to show that they have taken a concentration of networking classes that range from basic concepts to network management, background in network protocols, advanced networking skills, and security principles. The need for networks is increasing as more and more business get connected or update technology. The networking industry needs skilled workers that understand networking concepts and how to apply them to the job. To work as a network analyst/administrator a student would need a bachelor's degree in a computer-related discipline with a concentration in networking or the ability to demonstrate that he/she has taken more than a few basic networking courses.



The minor in Computer Networking is an 18-credit hour concentration with six required courses:

  • CIS-101  Introduction to Computer Science
  • CIS-240  Introduction to Networking
  • CIS-241  Network Management
  • CIS-340  Advanced Networking
  • CIS-341  TCP/IP
  • CIS-440  Networking Security

 



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About the Program

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program at the University of Maine at Augusta offers associate, bachelor, and post-baccalaureate degrees that focus on developing and maintaining effective computer/management information systems.  All core courses and the internship experience may be taken as distance courses.  Through a wide selection of technology offerings, the program blends theory and hands-on application to prepare students for careers in the exciting fields of software systems development, network and security administration, database management, systems analysis, and e-commerce.

In addition to the degree options, the program offers a minor that provides theory and hands-on technology skills required by non-CIS professionals who need to leverage IT technologies to manage the day-to-day operations of a business.  It complements almost any academic area by adding IT competency to the knowledge base acquired in a student's major field of study.

A recently launched Certificate of Health Informatics prepares students to apply information technologies to manage electronic medical data generated and stored in healthcare facilities.  Students may work toward the certificate while pursuing an undergraduate major in the healthcare or information technology field.

Skills You'll Acquire

The Computer Information Systems curriculum will provide you with  technical theory, applied skills, and workplace experience that will prepare you to launch an exciting career in information technology or pursue a higher academic credential.  After you have completed the core requirements, you will have an opportunity to select courses that meet your individual career goals.

The program offers hands-on training in both proprietary and open-source applications that are widely used in the professional field.  Many of our part-time faculty are employed full time in the area in which they instruct and bring to the class an unparalleled industry perspective.

 

Here are some other critical skills you’ll acquire:

Technical

Analytical

Designing web pages
Maintaining databases
Using spreadsheet applications
Writing computer programs
Thinking logically
Performing calculations
Solving quantitative problems
Understanding complex problems
Evaluating software/systems

 

 

Communication

Organization

Writing instructions
Creating graphs/charts
Writing documentation
Creating reports
Using technical vocabulary
Assessing needs
Categorizing data
Managing databases
Defining a problem
Coordinating tasks
Setting priorities
Providing accuracy

 

Careers You Can Seek

Here’s just a partial list of the type of careers you will find in the field.

Network Systems

Interactive Media

Administrator
Network Manager
Web Developer
GIS/Computer Mapper

 

 

Programming &
Software Development

Information
Support & Services

Programmer
Program Analyst
Project Manager
Web Designer
Database Manager
Data Communications Analyst
Systems Analyst
Database Administrator