2019-2020 Catalog

Information Security, Master of Science

The Master of Science in Information Security program provides the skills, knowledge, and understanding of national and international concerns with information security. The program also offers the learner the opportunity to understand the role of government and industry in securing and protecting assets. Courses provide focus on technology innovation, business strategy in information security, the role of people, process, and plans in information security projects, and maintaining the professional skills required to advance in the Information Security field. Students will emerge with the experience and leadership identity required to influence the way that information security is implemented and consumed in any corporation or government organization. MSIS students complete a core, two of four concentration areas (some with prerequisites), Cyber Security Environment, Information Security Audit, and Breaking and Securing Code and CPA Exam Review, and a three course Capstone Project or Thesis.

This degree provides an excellent background for:

  • Technical professionals interested in a deeper understanding of Information Security issues, application of techniques, and ability to audit and assess information security.
  • Professionals interested in a career in the field of Information Security.
  • Accountants’ pursuing careers in financial accounting, audit, and forensic accounting and prepares CPA’s for decision making and leadership roles.

The Master of Science in Information Security will prepare students to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of Information Security in an organization.
  • Connect with others, demonstrate the value of Information Security and effectively communicate to influence change.
  • Assess the weaknesses, threats, and vulnerabilities of a system and apply risk management strategies.
  • Make recommendations and implement security policies and practices.
  • Incorporate ethical, business, legal, regulatory, and cultural concerns into Information Security plans and practices.
  • Research appropriate resources for learning about new Information Security issues and practices.
  • Participate as a member or leader in a team providing Information Security expertise.

Cyber Security Environment

  • Characterize the nature of the Information Security environment including; threats, espionage and cyber warfare in business and government.

Breaking and Securing

  • Analyze security vulnerabilities in a variety of languages and platforms and determine how to build securely coded systems.

Information Security Audit

  • Conduct a thorough standards-based audit of information security in systems and organizations.

Total Required Credits (39 Credits)

Program Core (15 Credits)

ISEC 500Information Security Overview

3

ISEC 505System Administration for Information Security

3

ISEC 510The Senior Manager and Information Security

3

ISEC 515Privacy and Open Systems

3

ISEC 520Ethical Obligations in Information Security

3

Depth Block (21 Credits)

Cyber Security Environment

ISEC 530Cybercrime

3

ISEC 540Cyber Warfare

3

ISEC 550E-Government

3

ISEC 560Intellectual Property and Espionage

3

Information Security Audit

AC 540Auditing Techniques

3

ISEC 605Information Security Auditing

3

ITMGMT 570Maintaining the Technology Infrastructure

3

Capstone Project/Thesis (3 Credits)