Master of Science in Cyber Security Management (MSCSM)

Credit Requirements

The MSCSM degree program consists of 36 semester credits beyond a baccalaureate degree, including 27 credits of core courses, 3 credits of research methods courses, and 6 credits of elective courses.

MSCSM COURSES, OBJECTIVES AND DELIVERABLES

  • Core Courses (27 credits):

    • IA7000 Security in the Digital Age
    • IA7401 Ethical Hacking
    • IA8020 Security Policies, Standards, and Procedures
    • IA8030 Design, Development and Evaluation of Security Controls
    • IA8050 Security Risk and Vulnerability Assessment
    • IA8060 Intrusion Detection, Attacks, and Countermeasures
    • IA8070 Design and Development of Security Architectures
    • IA8080 Security Solution Implementation
    • IA8125 Information Security Policy Planning and Analysis

    Research Methods Courses (3 credits):

    • RM8250 Web-Based Research Methods in Information Security

    Electives 2 of 3 Classes (6 credits):

    • PM8100 Information Security Project Management
    • IA8210 Risk Management and Compliance
    • IA8140 Business Continuity Planning and Recovery

Minimum credits required for MSCSM: 36

Grading Scale

Grade GPA Value Academic Designators

A

4.0 Incomplete

I

A-

3.7 Drop

W

B+

3.3 Withdrawal

W

B

3.0 Progress

P*

B-

2.7 No Progress

NP*

C+

2.3 Audit

AUD

C 2.0    

F

0.0  

 

 

CORE COURSES

IA7000 Security in the Digital Age

In this course, students explore the eight domains of the (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) in information security as a framework to critically analyze security awareness issues and to evaluate best practices in implementing security systems within the enterprise. (3 credits)

IA7401 Ethical Hacking

This class will evaluate the security of a network or system's infrastructure and outline how hackers find and attempt to exploit any vulnerabilities to determine whether unauthorized access or other malicious activities are possible. (3 credits)

IA8020 Security Policies, Standards, and Procedures

In this course, students examine the role of security policies, standards, and procedures in addressing business and technical risks and develop a security governance report to evaluate compliance across the enterprise. (3 credits)

IA8030 Design, Development and Evaluation of Security Controls

In this course, students transform high-level policies and procedures into quantifiable and measurable controls and mechanisms that enforce data and process integrity, availability and confidentiality. (3 credits)

IA8050 Security Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

In this course, students explore advanced techniques and tools for identifying and categorizing vulnerabilities which allow penetration of networked systems and environments. (3 credits)

IA8060 Intrusion Detection, Attacks, and Countermeasures

In this course, students examine common attack methods, technologies, and countermeasures. Students also gain skills needed to recognize various stages and methods of attack on the enterprise. (3 credits)

IA8070 Design and Development of Security Architectures

In this course, students evaluate the principles, attributes, and processes used in designing and deploying a comprehensive and resilient layered security architecture that supports the business and technical objectives of the enterprise. (3 credits)

IA8080 Security Solution Implementation

In this course, students compare, contrast, and evaluate contemporary practices in the implementation of security solutions. (3 credits)

IA8125 Information Security Policy Planning and Analysis

In this course, students develop information assurance policies and deployment plans as part of the comprehensive strategic plan and operational objectives for the enterprise. (3 credits)

RESEARCH METHODS COURSES

RM8250 Web-Based Research Methods in Information Security

In this course, students acquire information retrieval skills and research competencies to identify and evaluate industry-relevant sources of information for the purposes of analysis and research information security. Students compare and contrast the utility of publicly-available and subscription-based information sources for the purposes of meeting academic and professional requirements. (3 credits)

ELECTIVES 2 of 3 CLASSES

PM8100 Information Security Project Management

In this course, students utilize PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as a framework, to apply project management concepts in the information security arena. Each student develops a project plan for a security assessment which incorporates the technical and behavioral characteristics of high-performance teams. (3 credits)

IA8210 Risk Management and Compliance

In this course, students evaluate the procedures and results of risk analysis, as well as compliance processes which address the regulatory requirements that drive the need for risk analysis within the enterprise. Security related regulations such as SOX, GLBA, FISMA and HIPAA are examined. (3 credits)

IA8140 Business Continuity Planning and Recovery

In this course, students explore tools and strategies for Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) activities. Topics include business impact assessment methods, recovery strategy approaches and solutions and continuity planning. (3 credits)

 

 

 

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