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Information Security FAQ

Here are some answers to the questions we’re asked about our Information Security concentration. If you need more information, please get in touch.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the information security concentration and minor differ from the CIS major?

While information security is addressed in the CIS program, the coursework, certifications alignment, and optional internship in the information security concentration and minor add depth and breadth to this emerging field. Students are therefore better prepared and equipped with the skills and knowledge to be successful in this field.


What makes Montreat College’s information security offering distinctive from other programs in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, information security courses and programs are offered by state universities and community colleges, but none is from a Christ-centered institution. In fact, nationwide, there are no more than a handful of Christian colleges and universities offering information security programs.

As a Christ-centered institution, Montreat College is uniquely positioned to offer this program taught by faculty grounded in biblical worldviews who are intentional and deliberate about integrating faith, learning and technology.


What careers can I pursue in an information security systems education?

Graduates with the information security concentration or minor are prepared for numerous career fields such as information security/computer security analysis, information security auditing, network security, IT data security, law enforcement and intelligence, and penetration testing/intrusion analysis.


How is the job market in the field of information security?

There are two positive trends for graduates with information security skill sets. The first, based on statistics from the United States Department of Labor, indicates lucrative wages for those employed in the information security field.

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The second positive trend indicates almost full employment or, to put it another way, virtually zero unemployment in the information security field. Therefore, this trend bodes well for information security graduates in light of current economic conditions.

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What kinds of certifications are involved in this study, and why are they important?

Students enrolled in the information security concentration will be prepared to sit for A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications as administered by CompTIA, the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world.

Offering such certifications as part of the concentration in information security will enhance the credibility of the graduates and open doors for advancement and increased opportunities.