MS - Computer Information and Network Security - DePaul

Master of Science 2010-2011

Computer, Information and Network Security

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. Students who complete the program will be prepared to:
  • Assess the information security risks faced by an organization
  • Understand technology and human factors related to these risks
  • Evaluate tools and resources currently available to limit risk, mitigate the effects of hostile action and recover from attack
  • Manage the development, implementation and evolution of a security infrastructure
  • Assess the impact of policy, legislation, compliance requirements and market trends on organizational security objectives
  • Design, implement and maintain software systems designed to support security policy and goals
  • Develop and maintain a network architecture consistent with mitigating risk and preventing hostile attack
  • Be lifelong learners in the information security environment.
Online Learning Options are available for this degree.
Concentrations
Computer Security Concentration
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.

Information Systems Security Concentration
The Information Systems concentration focuses on the organizational and management aspects of information security. Students will learn how to plan and implement security plans, to include risk assessment, threat and vulnerability analysis, implementation of controls and safeguards, and maintenance. Students will also learn about related areas such as regulatory compliance, legal issues in security, and disaster recovery.

Network Security Concentration
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.

Regulation, Compliance, and Audit Concentration
The Regulation, Compliance, and Audit concentration focuses on the impact of Information Assurance legislation and IT security controls requirements on Enterprises. This cross-disciplinary concentration covers information assurance in the context of IT and financial auditing, providing a sound foundation for students looking for a career in auditing, compliance and information security management.

Online Learning Options
All concentrations, except for a few courses in the Regulation, Compliance, and Audit can be completed entirely online. CDM online degrees are delivered mostly through COL-enabled courses, although other delivery technologies are also used. If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. To complete this degree a student may take any combination of online and on campus courses. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page. ​​​​​