I am roughly one year from graduating with my B.S. in Information Systems Security. So far, I've completed my general education requirements, and am now beginning my core and major classes. Lately, I've found myself second-guessing my decision of ISS: is an ISS degree such a good idea? Or should I change to a more "general" degree, such as Computer and Information Science (CIS)?
The ISS degree focuses primarily on the techie/management aspect of security. My core classes involve an introduction into networks, security threats/defenses, cyberlaw, audits, hardening, etc. I can choose from four elective classes which branch out into programming.
The CIS degree seems to have a more flexible approach to IT. The curriculum focuses primarily on computer algorithms, Unix/Linux and C, and programming.
If my career goals is to work in IS, become a network engineer, or even becoming a CIO (after graduate programs), then which degree is best for my goals? Does it even matter if I receive certifications, such as Network+, Security+, CCNP, or CCSP?
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