Information Security Assurance

Information security is the protection of the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information while in transmission, storage, or processing. Information assurance concerns information operations that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and nonrepudiation. This program spans both areas in its approach to the protection of information in the organization.

Information security and assurance is a fast growing industry, with a good employment outlook. If you enjoy critical thinking and problem solving, and can tolerate moments of stress, this may be a good career for you. Early career job titles include information technology specialist, data security administrator, information security analyst, information security specialist, information systems security analyst, and information technology security analyst.

"The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Kennesaw State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education with Focus Areas in 1) Security Policy Development and Compliance and 2) Systems Security Administration".

If the business strategy side of technology appeals to you, consider a Major in Information Systemsor add an Information Systems Minor to your BBA in Information Security and Assurance.

Course Information

In addition to taking classes in cyber security, information security management, programming, systems, and networks, you’ll also study accounting, finance, management, and marketing. To read a full list of courses available to you, and their descriptions, browse the KSU Undergraduate Catalog.

Required Courses

You must meet the requirements in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog for your Catalog Term – your Catalog Term is located in your Owl Express Account. Seek help from an academic advisor if you need help determining your Catalog Term.

To earn your B.B.A. with an Information Security and Assurance Major, you must complete KSU General Education Requirements, as well as business and information security courses.

Please select the links below that cover your Catalog Term to view your Advising Checksheets.

General Education Requirements for All Business Students

Fall 2016 and Later (PDF)

Prior to Fall 2016 (PDF)

The ISA Major started in Fall 2011, so there are no earlier checksheets.

Major Courses for Information Security and Assurance

For Fall 2016 and Later (PDF)

For Fall 2015-Summer 2016 (PDF)

For Fall 2014–Summer 2015 (PDF)

For Fall 2011–Summer 2014 (PDF)

If you entered Coles College before Fall 2011, or need more information about degree and graduation requirements, please contact the Business Undergraduate Advising Center in BB 431 at 470-578-6055 to meet with an academic advisor.

Two Year Tentative Course Schedule

Plan ahead! View the Two Year Tentative Course Schedule for Department of Information Systems Information and Security Assurance Major here.

View the Department’s recommended BBA in Information Security and Assurance course sequence here.

Information Security and Assurance Minor

If you are interested in diversifying your degree by minoring in Information Security and Assurance, view requirements and course descriptions in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog.

Read more about the requirements and rules for all Minors here.

Information Security and Assurance Certificate

The Certificate in Information Security is designed for students with an interest in information security and its application in the expanding field of technology. The certificate program emphasizes the skills and knowledge necessary to protect and inspect systems, and to detect and react to threats to the security of information in those systems.

For course descriptions, view KSU’s Undergraduate Catalog.


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Contact the Department

Burruss Building 480; 470-578-7763
Email the chair, Traci Carte.
Administrative Associate: Jada Shamley


Southeast Regional Cyber Defense Competition

The Coles College of Business Center for Information Security at KSU hosts the annual SECCDC here at Kennesaw, GA.