Networking & Systems Administration

What are the trends in network communications today? Unifying wired and wireless infrastructures? The Cloud? Scalability? Collaboration tools? Security? All of these and more! However, the trends can only be coalesced into reliable communication services if there are highly educated and technically proficient networking and system administration professionals who understand both traditional and emerging communications technologies as well as how to apply these technologies to organizational needs and opportunities.

The explosion in ubiquitous computing today means an increasing need for greater efficiency and for better management oversight in the provision of IT services. Network environments are not only becoming increasingly complex, there is a greater recognition of the power of information technology to be a strategic enabler of corporate growth and adaptation.

This program is designed to provide both the knowledge and the technical skills needed to successfully compete in this environment. It is uniquely focused to address current issues in networking and systems administration, through investigation of both the theoretical and the practical aspects of this continually evolving field. Thus it examines the organizational and the technological issues involved in enterprise scale networking including: emerging network technologies, network processing, high performance computing, network programming, and security.

The program is intended to prepare graduates to assume leadership positions in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations dealing with evolving networking solutions or to continue their education through the pursuit of advanced degrees. It is available for full- and part-time study in both an online format as well as a traditional campus setting.

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IST Students Connect with Students in Croatia

IST Students Connect with Students in Croatia

September 4th, 2014

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 the IST Department freshmen and transfer students connected with students at the RIT campuses in Croatia using a service called "BlueJeans". IST Department Chair Steve Zilora led discussions between the students in Zagreb and Dubrovnik and the students in Rochester. Ivana Silic is a Recruitment and Enrollment Manager at the Rochester Institute of Technolo...

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IST Professor Jim Leone Recognized by ABET

IST Professor Jim Leone Recognized by ABET

August 15th, 2014

Congratulations to IST Professor Jim Leone who has been recognized by ABET for his extraordinary efforts during the past many years in regards to reviewing individual applied science programs. David Cordes, the current Computing Accreditation Commission Chairman (CAC), states, “His efforts have been integral to the success of the commission.” The accreditation actions taken serve to i...

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IST Professor Oh Receives Award

IST Professor Oh Receives Award

July 24th, 2014

Congratulations to Professor Tom Oh for his award from ETRI in support of his project titled "Developing Cloud-based Conceptual Solution for Detecting Android Malware." Through this project, ETRI and RIT will research a security solution for mobile devices.


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Graduate Students Present Research

Graduate Students Present Research

July 18th, 2014

IST graduate Aishwarya Sawant and ATISH SHINDE presented their research on tracking, mapping and analyzing earthquakes via social media at Imagine RIT 2014. They had well over 100 people stop by and visit their display. Their project was advised by Dr. Brian Tomaszewski. For more information go here. Read More »