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Top 10 Rank for Online B.S. in Cyber Forensics & Information Security

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Robert Morris University’s online bachelor’s degree in cyber forensics and information security is ranked No. 4 in TheBestSchools.org 10 Best Online Bachelor’s in Information Assurance and Security Degree Programs. The rankings are based on academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation for online degrees.

The university offered its first course in computer forensics in 2008. That has grown into a four-year degree with multiple concentrations both online and on-ground, and more than 200 students enrolled, far exceeding initial expectations.

The program combines the disciplines of technology, business, organizational behavior, and law. Students learn techniques used to detect, respond to, and prevent network intrusions while mastering broader concepts, such as the responsible use of resources, the appropriate management of risks, and the alignment of information technology with the organization. Internships are available with law enforcement agencies and private companies.

Students take a breadth of core information systems classes, including operating systems, program language, and database management before delving into mobile forensics, information technology governance, and digital evidence.

With the online degree option, students can complete the entire degree from home and tackle coursework at any time of day.

"Our online degree program is attractive for people who have travel requirements for work or have responsibilities at home and can’t get free, like a mom with children who wants to get ahead," says John C. Turchek, who heads RMU's Department of Computer and Information Systems. "It also helps with people in the military who get stationed at different places."

Graduates are finding jobs in both the public sector, working with law enforcement, state or federal agencies like the Defense Department and the FBI, and in the private sector on corporate information security teams. The success of these students shows through feedback Paullet is getting from their employers.

"Right now there are more cyber forensic jobs in the nation than there are students in training, so I don’t think any of them will have a problem getting jobs when they come out," says Karen Paullet, D.Sc., assistant professor of computer and information systems and one of the program's creators. "I am extremely proud of the students that I work with. Going forward, I believe that we will continue to grow and produce successful students."

This is not the first time the Department of Computer and Information Systems has been nationally recognized. In 2013 the department ranked No. 17 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs.