Master of Science
The MS in Computer, Information and Network Security is intended for students who wish to specialize in the security aspects of the Information Technology field. This program educates professionals for the fast growing and wide ranging information security and cyber security markets by providing foundations in the theory of information security as well as knowledge needed to properly design, implement and manage secured IT infrastructure and risks in an enterprise.
The Network Security concentration focuses on the network infrastructure and network security management aspects information security. This concentration will provide in-depth coverage of network security infrastructure technologies such as firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), vulnerability assessment tools, as well as overall security infrastructure engineering and design.
The Computer Security concentration focuses on fundamental security topics that arise in the design, analysis, and implementation of distributed systems. This concentration provides in-depth coverage of the theory and application of identity, authentication, access control, auditing, assessment and prevention of software vulnerabilities, and cryptography, in the context of modern enterprise-scale and web-based systems.
This concentration focuses on enterprise-level information security risk management, IT audit, and regulatory compliance. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, focus is put on how to develop an information security program; assess security risk in business processes; identify and implement a system of controls for security governance and regulatory compliance; plan and conduct IT audits; and develop business continuity and disaster recovery plans. This concentration has been certified as aligned with
ISACA's Model Curriculum for IS Audit and Control.
Coursework emphasizes hands-on learning with Cisco equipment. The CDM Information Assurance and Security Laboratory contains more than 80 routers, 50 switches, 40 firewalls, and a wide variety of servers and specialized network appliances, all of which are available to students to practice and perfect their networking and security skills.
One of the last courses taken by students in the MS CINS program is CNS 594, CINS Capstone. In this seminar, students work for 10 weeks to bring everything they have learned in the program to bear in completing the risk analysis, vulnerability and treat analysis, security infrastructure requirements, logical design, physical design, management design, pricing and implementation planning for a highly realistic critical infrastructure case study. This assures that our students leave the program fully ready to contribute in the corporate world and provides a great work product for students to show to prospective employers.
DePaul has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.
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MS in Computer, Information and Network Security