As a result of the rapid development and widespread availability of information technologies, internet use is continuously increasing. Distributed computing and data storage techniques, network, data and application security are gaining importance. The main objective of the Information Security Technology Program is to teach students how to provide the security of data, databases and information systems. Students who will follow this program will learn software development, data mining, internet and network expertise, cybersecurity, cryptology, penetration tests and artificial intelligence applications. As such, they will be able to improve security levels against information security threats, find security vulnerabilities, and take the necessary hardware and software measures to provide the security of information in physical systems. Students attending the 4-year program must successfully complete the courses with at least 130 credits and 240 ECTS, 25% of the courses are electives. The program must be completed with a minimum grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 over 4.00. Evaluations are based on activities such as mid-term, final and make-up exams, projects and internships. Eligibility for taking the final exam and make-up exam requires a course attendance rate of at least 80%. Minor and Double Major programs will soon be initiated with the other Departments of Yeditepe University. The Erasmus/Exchange agreements of the Departments of Information Security Technology, Information Systems and Technologies and Management Information Systems will be consolidated.
Our alumni can work in job positions such as "information security specialist", "system security specialist", "cybersecurity specialist", "network expert/manager", "system support specialist", or "software developer", among numerous others. Turkey, which ranks 5th among the cyber-attack targets on a global scale, needs a large number of computer programmers and IT experts with a specialization in cybersecurity. Considering that the cyber-attack threats will increase substantially in the coming years, the market's demand for experts in this field is also expected to increase. The Presidency of the Republic of Turkey published a 21-item Information and Communication Security circular in the Official Gazette dated July 6, 2019 and numbered 30823.
A Secondary Education Diploma is needed in order to apply to the Information Security Technology Undergraduate Program. The candidate should also be successful in the centrally administered exam held by ÖSYM. Also, there are intra-institutional transfer, inter-institutional transfer, and vertical transfer opportunities on the condition of succeeding in the DGS exam or fulfilling other requirements. The duration of the formal education undergraduate program is 4 years. The language of instruction is English. Students who are admitted to the Department of Information Security Technology must take an English Proficiency Exam, which will determine whether they can directly start the program or should first attend the English Preparatory School to gain proficiency.
In order to graduate from the program, the student has to complete 130 credits and 240 ECTS during 8 semesters by passing the compulsory, departmental elective and free elective courses; as well as completing an Internship period of 40 work-days, and a Graduation Project in the final semester, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 over 4.00.