The major provides a grounding in the analysis and modeling efforts used in information search, visualization, and creative problem solving. This knowledge is supplemented through an examination of the legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to security that includes analyzing privacy laws, internal control and regulatory policies, as well as basic investigative process and principles. Such understanding is applied to venues that include transnational terrorism, cyber crimes, financial fraud, risk mitigation, and security and crisis management. It also includes overviews of the information technology that plays a critical role in identifying, preventing and responding to security-related events.
Advisory groups from within and outside the University involved in the design of the major agreed that graduates who can understand the cognitive, social, economic and policy issues involved in security and risk management as will as the basics of information technology and analytics that are included in the security/risk arena will be successful. These observations drove the design of the SRA major.
Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) majors can expect to qualify for positions such as these: Business intelligence analyst, Business process analyst, Counterintelligence threat analyst, Counterterrorism analyst,Crime analyst, Crime and counter-narcotics analyst Criminal intelligence analyst, Cyber-intelligence analyst, Economic crime analyst Information security analyst, Intelligence analyst, Intelligence consultant, Intelligence officer, Intelligence operations specialist, Intelligence research specialist Intelligence specialist, International crime officer, Policy analyst, Program and management analyst
Protection of information assets, as well as physical assets, has become a cornerstone to our digital, global society. It is critical that higher education do more than train and educate its graduates in these areas of protection, security, and the analysis as we become more dependent on those skills to assess and mitigate risk. Additionally, national workforce predictions are that nearly 50% of the security workforce may be leaving in the next 5-7 years as the "baby-boomer generation" begins to retire creating even more need for graduates of the major.