Earn Your University of Fairfax Cybersecurity Master's Degree Online

The accredited Master of Science in Information Security Management (MSISM) degree program consists of 12 online courses.

The MSISM consists of 36 semester credits beyond a baccalaureate degree, including 12 credits towards a specialization, enabling you to tailor your program of study to your particular professional interests and goals.

Degree Specializations

The MSISM offers a choice of four specializations, through which students develop competencies in:

  • Information Security Analysis - implementing an enterprise strategic security plan by integrating effective security policies, standards, procedures and controls.
  • Information Security Auditing - forensically analyzing cyber evidence, enforcing data process controls, certifying information protection programs, and managing risk and compliance.
  • Information System Certification - supporting a management structure to certify and accredit information systems by developing policies, standards and procedures in accordance with a prescribed set of criteria.
  • Information Security Engineering - assessing network vulnerabilities and attack methods, as well as designing and deploying countermeasures and resilient security architectures.

Degree Program Objectives

The MSISM degree program develops professionals who:

  • are recognized as knowledgeable and qualified practitioners in a specialized field of information security
  • possess a depth of knowledge in current cybersecurity practices
  • apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the analysis of issues relevant to the cybersecurity community
  • utilize secondary research competencies in the investigation and selection of best-practice solutions to information security challenges
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to address a specialized area of information security management

Degree Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the MSISM degree program, you will be able to:

  • compile, analyze, and assess the applicability of best practices in addressing information security issues relevant to the cybersecurity community
  • evaluate the impact of business constraints and processes on the implementation of information security programs
  • integrate principles and techniques of risk analysis, project planning and change management in the development of information security strategies
  • demonstrate secondary research skills in the investigation and selection of best practice solutions to address information security challenges
  • demonstrate mastery of theory, concepts and skills in addressing specialized aspects of information security management

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Distinguish yourself and advance your cybersecurity career by following the University of Fairfax Online Cybersecurity Education Path. No matter which graduate program you pursue, all of your courses will explore relevant cybersecurity policy and management issues, and you will complete a cybersecurity project in each course. You can apply what you learn and make significant contributions in your workplace right away.
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