The Center for Information Assurance Studies (CIAS) at St. Cloud State is an interdisciplinary effort between the information systems department located in the Herberger Business School and the computer science and information technology department in the College of Science and Engineering.
The information systems department offers an undergraduate information systems degree program to students who desire to prepare themselves to enter the management information systems profession. The program is about applying information technology to solve business problems. Students develop skills in analyzing business problems and get hands-on training in computer programming, systems design, computer networking and security as well as other current computer technology. The department also partners with the computer science and information technology department to offer a graduate program in information assurance.
The computer science and information technology department is committed to the high quality preparation of students for administering, designing, and analyzing data networks. The department offers undergraduate programs in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering and information technology security. It also offers a graduate program in computer science and partners with the information systems department to offer the information assurance program.
The information technology security program offers students an introduction to the theoretical and practical foundations of network design and administration with emphases in client/server application programming, practical network design, statistics and data analysis and web page design.