Computer Security is a multi-faceted and challenging field. Ensuring the privacy of personal data, preventing unauthorized access to computer systems, ensuring back-up contingency plans in the event of data loss and protecting systems from malicious activity such as viruses and worms are just a few areas you can get involved in.
An individual's personal computer is threatened just as much as large servers and networks operated by organizations and as a consequence, interest in computer security is high.
The Computer Security program is a specialized honours degree offered as a BA or a BSc. Your degree choice will depend upon the courses you are interested in.
What is the difference between Computer Science, Computer Security, Computer Engineering and Information Technology?
- Computer Science deals with the theory and practice of computer hardware and software. Students learn the theory that underlies computation and how to develop effective, efficient and correct software. The program is intensive in Mathematics and Computer Science courses.
- Computer Security focuses on the privacy of personal data, preventing unauthorized access to computer systems, ensuring back-up contingency plans in the event of data loss and protecting systems from malicious activity.
- Computer Engineering looks at how fundamental engineering design principles can be used to develop computer software and hardware while teaching you how to keep your knowledge and skills current as technology advances.
- Information Technology deals with the application of technology to the organization. The program deals with how technology can be applied, rather than the technology itself.
In addition to the foundation courses in computer science and mathematics, this program will allow you to study areas such as:
- computer networks
- operating systems
- databases and software engineering techniques
- applied ethics
- operational practices and exposure to relevant legal concepts
- Software or forensics engineer
- Security architect
- Assurance analyst
- Information security attorney
You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:
- Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
- Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)
In the absence of final grades in courses:
- You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
- Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.
We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.