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About Information Assurance

"Information Assurance (IA)" is the science and art of protecting valuable information by protecting vital networks and databases.

Fort Hays State University has been designated by the United States Federal Government as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance. This is a very prestigious recognition reserved for a handful of institutions that are able to demonstrate quality of faculty, curriculum, student services, student performance, labs, industry support, and several other important factors. This designation is valuable to students as it signifies that they are part of a unique program. Students studying Information Assurance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels may note on their resumes that their education was obtained from a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.

The Fort Hays State University program is network and professionally oriented. It covers the domains of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Its curriculum is mapped to the NSA 4011 and NSA 4013 standards. It also provides curriculum prepared students for the Cisco security certifications and Cisco networking certifications. Students will learn theory and applied strategies for using professional tools to protect, PCs, servers, data and voice networks. Students will learn that information security encompasses more than technology. Physical security, policies, practices, and law are also key components in protecting information.