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Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Spring 2019 decisions will be finalized by November

Curriculum

Our Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (OMS Cybersecurity) will give you the expertise to set you up for a thriving career as a cybersecurity expert and leader in a cutting-edge, high-demand field. Featuring the same world-class instruction as our on-campus program, you’ll learn from faculty whose cybersecurity ingenuity and research is sought by the country’s top companies and government experts. 

Designed to be completed in two-to-three years, our OMS Cybersecurity consists of three courses covering the threats and defenses to information theft, as well as policies and strategies to keep information secure. In addition, you'll get a broad view of the field by choosing a class from a track outside your specialty. You'll have the flexibility to focus on a specific area of interest by selecting to concentrate on one of three tracks. Each track requires an additional six courses — four track-specific courses and two elective courses.

Five-Hour Practicum
Just like students in our Master of Cybersecurity program on-campus, you'll get the opportunity to work in a commercial, industrial, academic, or government setting to help solve security issues through our five-credit-hour cybersecurity practicum.

Information Security Track

The Information Security track concentrates on principles and practical techniques for developing safeguards that can help secure computers and networks. Secure software development, identity and access management, network intrusion detection and prevention, and forensics and incident response are some of the areas that are covered in-depth. In addition, a lab course gives students hands-on experience with advanced security analysis tools to discover and mitigate software and network vulnerabilities.
Core Courses (9 hours)

Introduction to Information Security (CS 6035)
A full spectrum of information security: threats, software vulnerabilities, programming for malice, basic cryptography, operating systems protections, network security, privacy, data mining, computer crime.

Information Security Policies and Strategies (PUBP 6725)
Information security vulnerabilities and risks; legal, cost, privacy and technology constraints; derivation of strategies; technical and procedural means of achieving desired ends.

Flexible Core
Flexible core course requirement is a common requirement for all students in the OMS Cybersecurity degree program and is designed to enhance breadth. To meet this, a student must select one required course from a specialization track that is different from the track in which he or she is enrolled.

Required Courses (12 hours)

Applied Cryptography  (CS 6260)
Classical goals of cryptography such as data privacy, authenticity and integrity. Design principles of cryptographic primitives such as pseudorandom functions, block ciphers, symmetric encryption schemes, hash functions, message authentication codes (MACs), authenticated encryption, PKI, public-key (asymmetric) encryption, digital signatures, signcryption, secret sharing, key exchange.
                          
Secure Computer Systems (CS 6238)
Design principles of secure systems, authentication, access control and authorization, discretionary and mandatory security policies, secure kernel design, and secure databases.

Network Security (CS 6262)
Design principles of secure network protocols and systems, authentication, integrity, confidentiality, privacy, information hiding, digital watermarking, access control, firewall, intrusion detection and case studies.

Information Security Lab (CS 6265)
Computer systems and network vulnerabilities, information warfare, network and operating system security techniques, security analysis tools.

Elective Courses (6 hours)
Special Note

Select two courses from the list.

Advanced Operating Systems (CS 6210)
Computer Networks (CS 6250)
Software Development Process (CS 6300)
Database System Concepts & Design (CS 6400)
Security Operations and Incidence Response (CS 8803)
Malware Analysis and Defense (CS 8813)

Practicum (5 hours)

Information Security Practicum (CS 6266)
Capstone independent study placing students in a commercial, industrial, academic or government setting where they must solve real-world security problems. This course will have the same learning objectives and will be taught in a coordinated fashion across all specializations.

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Energy Systems Track (Fall 2019)

The Energy Systems track focuses on the specialized concerns for keeping control of the operations and information embedded in components involved in energy creation, storage, and transmission. Although the focus is on electrical power systems, the concepts you learn and the knowledge you gain can be applied to other domains such as manufacturing, chemical processing, agriculture, and others.
Core Courses (9 hours)

Introduction to Information Security (CS 6035)
A full spectrum of information security: threats, software vulnerabilities, programming for malice, basic cryptography, operating systems protections, network security, privacy, data mining, computer crime.

Information Security Policies and Strategies (MGT 6725)
Information security vulnerabilities and risks; legal, cost, privacy and technology constraints; derivation of strategies; technical and procedural means of achieving desired ends.

Flexible Core
Flexible core course requirement is a common requirement for all students in the OMS Cybersecurity degree program and is designed to enhance breadth. To meet this, a student must select one required course from a specialization track that is different from the track in which he or she is enrolled.

Required Courses (12 hours)

Smart Grids (ECE 8803)
This course provides a comprehensive description of smart electric grids from intelligent devices to business applications. It provides lessons learned from smart grid programs, as well as technological and architectural elements for future grids.

Introduction to Cyber-Physical Electric Energy Systems (ECE 8803)
This course provides an introduction to cyber-physical infrastructure for electric power systems, the protection, control and operation of electrical facilities, communication protocols and standardization and present practices for cybersecurity.

Introduction to Cyber-Physical Systems Security (ECE 8803)
This course provides an introduction to security issues relating to various cyber-physical systems including industrial control systems and those considered critical infrastructure systems. 

Computational Aspects of Cyber-Physical Systems (ECE 8803)
This course surveys research in cyber-physical systems, particularly computational aspects.

Elective Courses (6 hours)
Special Note

Select two courses from the list.

Power Systems Control and Operation (ECE 6320)
Power System Protection (ECE 6323)
Embedded Systems ( ECE 8803)
Embedded Systems Security (ECE 8803)
Software Vulnerabilities and Security (ECE 8803)
Cyber Physical Design and Analysis (ECE 8803)

Practicum (5 hours)

Energy Systems Practicum (ECE 6266)
Capstone independent study placing students in a commercial, industrial, academic or government setting where they must solve real-world security problems. This course will have the same learning objectives and will be taught in a coordinated fashion across all specializations.

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Policy Track (Fall 2019)

The Policy track emphasizes the administrative, market, and public policy tools used to keep cyberspace safe. This concentration focuses on the way IT security is affected by organizational, national, and international policies. Topics covered include security policy frameworks, global internet governance, privacy technologies and law, critical infrastructure policies, cyberspace as a domain for international conflict, and multilateral cyber norm development.
Required Courses (9 hours)

Introduction to Information Security (CS 6035)
A full spectrum of information security: threats, software vulnerabilities, programming for malice, basic cryptography, operating systems protections, network security, privacy, data mining, computer crime.

Information Security Policies and Strategies (PUBP 6725)
Information security vulnerabilities and risks; legal, cost, privacy and technology constraints; derivation of strategies; technical and procedural means of achieving desired ends.

Flexible Core
Flexible core course requirement is a common requirement for all students in the OMS Cybersecurity degree program and is designed to enhance breadth. To meet this, a student must select one required course from a specialization track that is different from the track in which he or she is enrolled.

Required Courses (12 hours)
Special Note

Select four courses from the list.

Information and Communications Policy (PUBP 6502)
Examination of convergence of information technology, communications and telecommunications, policy making with the executive/regulatory branches, special interest group role, and key domestic and international issues.

Privacy, Technology, Policy and Law (CS/MGT 6726)
A multi-disciplinary approach to privacy, a topic of great interest in the technology, policy, ethics, law and business realms.

Internet and Public Policy (PUBP 6111)
Analyzes policy implications of Internet architecture (Internet protocols, domain name system, packet switching, peer-to-peer) and surveys policy issues about content, privacy and security, intellectual property and governance.

Scenario and Path Gaming (INTA 6014)
Introduces students to the construction and presentation of formalized scenarios for international planning, and into the formulation, implementation and assessment of path games.

Data Analytics and Security (INTA 8803)
Explores the foundations of big data, including computing technology and statistics. Explores the nature of underlying technical challenges and statistical assumptions used to understand relationships in a variety of applied fields, with a focus on the fields of fraud detection and communication monitoring. Engages with the social implications of increased knowledge, surveillance, and behavioral prediction made possible by big data, and the ethical tradeoffs faced. While the course includes an analytics project, no prior technical experience is required.

Information Policy and Management (PUBP 6501)
Examination of information age from policy and management perspectives. The course explores concepts and issues related to the formation and implementation of information policies.

Challenge of Terrorism in Democratic Societies (INTA 8803 G)
Examines the contexts that nurture domestic and international terrorism, the variety of terrorist organizations, and alternative approaches to combating the problem. Includes critical infrastructure as a target.

Elective Courses (6 hours)
Special Note

Select two additional courses from the list. Courses previously taken cannot be used to satisfy both the Required Courses and Elective Courses requirement.

Information and Communications Policy (PUB 6502)
Privacy, Technology, Policy and Law (CS/MGT 6726)
Internet and Public Policy (PUBP 6111)
Scenario and Path Gaming (INTA 6014)
Data Analysis and Security (INTA 8803)
Information Policy and Management (PUBP 6501)
Challenges of Terrorism in Democratic Societies (INTA 8803 G)

Practicum (5 hours)

Policy Practicum (PUBP 6266)
Capstone independent study placing students in a commercial, industrial, academic or government setting where they must solve real-world security problems. This course will have the same learning objectives and will be taught in a coordinated fashion across all specializations.

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