Bachelor of Science in Information Security

The BS in Information Security degree program is designed to develop expertise in the area of information and network security. The program main objective is to provide the management skills and technical knowledge needed to plan, acquire, operate, manage and evaluate an organization's information security operations. Students enrolled in this program are expected to pursue a plan of study to assure professional competence and breadth of knowledge in the field of information and network security. The emphasis of this program is on applying proven and innovative practices for building industry-standard secure systems, applications and networks. The program will go a long way toward meeting the growing need for information technology specialists with competence in IT in a broad sense along with relevant expertise in information and network security.

Program Objectives

  • Alumni will serve in UAE organizations of all sizes and employ their knowledge of information and network security, principles, theories, and applications in their job roles.
  • Alumni will be engaged in designing, analyzing, auditing, testing, implementing and acquiring information and network security solutions for their organizations.
  • Alumni will serve UAE society by being aware of the methodologies, techniques, tools and skills necessary for participating, competing and developing strong and cost effective information and network security solutions and products.
  • Alumni will be committed to the highest standards of ethical practice relevant to the information and network security profession.
  • Alumni will be able to encounter UAE market expectations with a set of professional skills including information and network security new technologies and tools, communication skills and team works.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • apply knowledge of mathematics and science in information security.
  • design and conduct information security experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • design an information security system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • function effectively individually and on multidisciplinary teams.
  • identify, formulate and solve information security problems.
  • discuss professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
  • communicate effectively in writing and orally with a range of audiences.
  • describe and analyze the impact of information security solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • discuss contemporary issues related to information security.
  • use techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for information security practices.
  • apply solutions based on the information security life cycle of an organization, including policy, planning, acquisition, development and evolution of secure infrastructures.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 130 hours

General Education (Req CH: 42)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ITBP370Professional Responsibility in Information Technology3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU1081Introduction to Academic English for Information Technology I3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving  13.000
1 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities and Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH105Calculus I3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PHYS105General Physics I3.000
BIOC100Basic Biology I3.000
CHEM111General Chemistry I  23.000
2 : Students should take either BIOC100 or CHEM111

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ITBP480Senior Graduation Project I3.000
ITBP481Senior Graduation Project II3.000


College of Information Technology

College Requirements (36.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CENG202Discrete Mathematics3.000
CENG205Digital Design & Computer Organization3.000
CSBP319Data Structures3.000
CSBP219Object Oriented Programming3.000
CSBP315Operating Systems Fundamentals3.000
MATH110Calculus II3.000
ITBP103Principles of Information Technology3.000
STAT210Probability and Statistics3.000

Major Requirements (46.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CSBP320Data Mining 3.000
CSBP121Programming Lab I1.000
CENG210Communication & Networks Fundamentals3.000
ITBP301Security Principles & Practice3.000
CSBP221Programming Lab II1.000
CSBP340Database Systems3.000
ISEC311Network Security I3.000
ISEC321Network Security II 3.000
ISEC322Design and Analysis of Security Protocols 3.000
ISEC323Secure Software Design and Engineering 3.000
ISEC324Cryptography Lab 1.000
ISEC411Privacy and Anonymity3.000
ISEC412Digital Forensics3.000
ISEC413Security Architecture and Mechanisms 3.000
ISEC414Network Security Lab 1.000
ISEC421Risk Analysis and Management2.000
ISEC422Security Policy, Laws, and Governance 3.000
ISEC423Systems Security Lab 1.000

Major Electives (Students should select two courses from the list below.) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISEC416Information Security Management3.000
ISEC417Database Security3.000
ISEC424Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust3.000
ISEC428Special Topics in Information Security3.000
ITBP280Information Technology Project Management Exhibition3.000
ITBP418Entrepreneurship in Information Technology3.000