MS Computer Science & Information Systems

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Advanced Study: Information Security

As part of the degree requirements, students complete a research project or theses in an area of interest to them. This enhances their expertise in an area. 

Information Security professionals work to ensure confidentiality and integrity of data and systems, while making sure that the data and systems are available to authorized users. They assess system technical and non-technical vulnerabilities, monitor systems and processes, set policy, and plan for contingencies such as disaster recovery. [1]

Information Security Analyst jobs are expected to grow 28% between 2016-2026 [1]. ComputerWorld's hiring survey recognizes security as #4 of the the top 10 hot IT skills for 2013 [2]. Knowledge and expertise in security is also highly desirable for occupations such as Business Analysts, Network Administrators, and Software Developers.

Expert Faculty

Students who want to specialize in information security can study independently with faculty who research and write articles in security, and who also have significant hands-on knowledge of applied security. Here are a few examples:

Student Capstone Projects Related to Information Security

Students get the opportunity to pursue individual projects in the form of a Capstone. The Capstone is completed with the guidance, expertise, and support of faculty, usually over the course of a year. In many cases, industry professionals participate on the committee, or the Capstone project solves a real-world problem.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017 Edition, Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects (visited May 21, 2018).
  2. 10 hot IT skills for 2013, (2012) ComputerWorld (visited November 14, 2012).