Master of Science 2011-2012
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.
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.
Governance, Risk and Compliance Concentration
The Governance, Risk, and Compliance concentration focuses on enterprise-level information security risk management, IT audit, and regulatory compliance. This cross-disciplinary concentration focuses 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.
Online Learning Options
All concentrations, except for a few courses in the Governance, Risk and Compliance Concentration 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.