Computer, information, and physical security are becoming more important at an exponential rate since the tragedies of September 11, 2001. Because of these events and new threats, the necessity for computer and information systems security has moved to the forefront. Websites are being defaced, denial-of-service attacks increased, and credit card information being stolen; there is an increased sophistication of hacking tools that are openly available to the public, and increased damage is being caused to computer and information systems by today's viruses and worms.
Related occupations include private and public government agencies and institutions are demanding information technology workers educated and trained in the computer and information systems security field. This concentration will prepare students for the rigors of such demands. Furthermore, students are prepared to take one or more of the following certification exams in order to receive certification in their professional field: 1. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 2. Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA) 3. International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) 4. Security Professional (CIW) 5. CompTIA's Security.