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Cybersecurity Specialization Master of Science in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

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Twelve Required Courses

 

 

48 quarter credits

Core courses:

ITEC5002
Information Technology and System Trends

Learners in this course examine current information technologies and trends, emphasizing the areas of technical focus. Learners gain the strategic underpinnings of contemporary technology and emerging trends, as well as the communication skills and requirements of an IT professional. This course also presents self-assessments and career development activities designed to support lifelong learning and workforce success. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Information Technology degree program. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5010 *
Security and Enterprise Networks

In this course, learners develop an understanding of the core security principles that apply throughout networked systems. Learners examine the concepts of enterprise network design, core network infrastructure hardware, configuration, and the architecture of contemporary computing networks and cloud platforms. Learners also gain an understanding of network security and threat vectors in the context of enterprise systems, firewalls, VPNs, and network protocols. Finally, learners explore enterprise network governance, security risk assessment and development of internal controls, and implementation and management for cloud computing environments.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in ITEC5002.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5020 *
Database and Application Development

In this course, learners apply methods for relational database design, administration, and the use of structured query language (SQL) to store and retrieve information for use in application programs. Learners use and apply knowledge of user requirements, user experience and program design, programming logic and constructs, and testing processes to the development of an application suitable for both web and mobile platforms using modern tools.  Prerequisite(s): ITEC5010.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5030 *
Emerging Technologies

In this course, learners gain an understanding of new and disruptive technologies that are poised to have a significant impact on individuals, industry, technology, and society. Learners explore strategies for identifying and researching emerging technologies to determine their value-added application to the organization and examine models that help predict technology growth and proliferation.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in ITEC5020.

4 quarter credits
PM5331 *
Project Management Fundamentals

This course focuses on the processes and knowledge areas found in the project management profession. Learners develop and demonstrate their understanding of the project management concepts as defined by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK© Guide), which includes knowledge of the ten project management knowledge areas, including the domains of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects, along with professionalism and ethics.  Prerequisite(s): MS in Information Technology learners must have completed ITEC5030.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

IAS5015 *
Network Security Fundamentals and Cryptography

Learners apply foundational concepts of cybersecurity and information assurance to select appropriate information security policies, procedures, and controls to defend enterprise information assets from breaches of confidentiality and integrity. Learners identify specific points of vulnerability that may be mitigated through the use of administrative security policies and operational information security tools. Learners also examine principles of cryptography and some of the security controls and methods that use it. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IAS5010 or PM5331.

4 quarter credits
IAS5020 *
Information Security Regulatory and Legal Environment

Learners apply cyber-defense and information assurance controls in context of the rules and guidelines that influence them and with an understanding of the security standards, responsibilities, rules, regulations, and issues that impact a particular organization. Learners identify laws and policies related to cyber-defense and how they relate to the storage and transmission of data. Learners also study basic concepts of audit, evidence collection, and chain of custody rules.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IAS5015.

4 quarter credits
IAS5025 *
Operating System Defense

Learners in this course explore the fundamental security issues related to operating system (OS) defense. Learners also employ best practices to harden operating systems and associated software applications using various tools as a part of a layered defense-in-depth strategy. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent regitration in IAS5020.

4 quarter credits
IAS5030 *
Identifying and Managing Risk

Learners identify common information security risk analysis methodologies, their characteristics, pros and cons, and applications. Learners examine the sources of risk, including external malicious attackers, intentional and accidental attacks by internal users, and threats from environmental and structural sources. Learners also identify vulnerabilities in hardware, software, locations, and procedures that provide an opening to attackers and create risk to organizations. Learners demonstrate risk assessment techniques through hands-on application of software vulnerability testing tools.  Prerequisite(s): IAS5025.

4 quarter credits
IAS5110 *
Digital Forensics Processes

Learners in this course apply forensics tools and techniques to investigate incidents, analyze devices, and conduct forensics reporting. Prerequisite(s): IAS5030.

4 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarters:

ITEC5900 *
Applied Information Technology Project 1

In this first of a two-course sequence, learners further enhance their professional collaboration and communication skills to identify and select a project that addresses an IT problem or opportunity in an organizational or societal context. Learners apply IT evaluation frameworks and the RFP process to elicit and evaluate requirements and possible technology solutions. Learners also explore IT consulting skills to address technical, product, and related economic factors valuable for in-house and external consulting engagements. For MS in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IAS5030 or ITEC5040 or ITEC5060 or PM5335. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5905 *
Applied Information Technology Project 2

In this second of a two-course sequence, learner teams implement their project plan to address an IT problem or opportunity in an organizational or societal context. Teams finalize project requirements and complete tasks associated with the project, including regular status reporting, production of intermediate deliverables, on-going communication with key stakeholders, and developing an optimal IT solution that meets the requirements and solution context. Learners also complete a written report and conduct a final presentation that describes the solution and its implementation. Upon project conclusion, learners review and update their personal, technical, and soft skills development plan created at the beginning of the program. For MS in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): ITEC5900 and completion of or concurrent registration in ANLT5100 or IAS5110 or ISTM5112 or PM5336. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

48 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

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Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

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Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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