BYU IT program receives security certifications


Brigham Young University’s Information Technology Program at the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology has received two certifications from the Committee on National Security Systems, making it the first non-online university in Utah to meet the rigorous standards.
“We believe this certification will help ensure that BYU students are among the best prepared for careers in cyber-security,” said Dale Rowe, assistant professor of information technology. “Students in the IT program acquire a variety of theoretical and applied security skills throughout their 4-year experience.”
Certification to these standards, NSTISSI 4011 and CNSSI 4013, indicates that BYU’s IT program meets all elements of the National Training Standards for information systems security professionals and systems administrators.
The CNSS develops standards with the academic outreach group of the National Security Administration. For IT students to become certified, they are required to take the IT core curriculum, along with IT 566. Non-IT students must complete seven courses to develop skills in web development, operating systems and information assurance and security.
“By teaching security throughout the curriculum, we help students develop an instinctive awareness of good security in addition to the more specific topics such as firewalls, forensics and penetration testing,” Rowe said.
For more information, contact Dale Rowe at 801-422-6051 or visit

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