Master of Science in Cybersecurity Program

Dr. Todd A. Whittaker, Program Chair

According to the Verizon Data Breach report, there were nearly 80,000 security incidents and more than 2,000 confirmed data breaches in the previous year, most of which were perpetrated by external threat actors. These attacks and breaches took minutes to execute yet took days to detect and correct. Phishing, software vulnerabilities through unpatched software, malware, card skimmers, and zero-day exploits were leading factors contributing to losses. IBM and Ponemon Institute studied the economic impacts of breaches and concluded that the average economic impact of a data breach is nearly $6.5 million, an 11% increase over the previous year. McAfee and associates estimated the overall global cybercrime impact to exceed $400 billion annually. And there are more breaches reported every day.

The Master of Science – Cybersecurity is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical security skills required to meet the growing need for security knowledge as a standard business process. Graduates should be able to contribute immediately and make a positive impact in the workplace. The degree is intended for application immediately in the business world and covers a broad range of topics including cryptography, advanced network security, computer forensics and investigations, offensive security and ethical hacking, and security governance. Graduates of the Master of Science in Information Security program will:

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Students in the Computer and Information Sciences Majors may be required to purchase hardware and/or software with capabilities greater than the standard University technology requirements. There will be software requirements beyond the standard Microsoft Office software, such as software development environments, operating systems, virtualization environments and tools, Web site development and business process documentation tools that will be used in various courses. Students should check the Technology Requirements section of the Academic Bulletin and/or the Course Schedule for the requirements relevant for Computer and Information Sciences majors to ensure they have, and are familiar with, the requisite hardware and software. Courses with specific hardware and software requirements are detailed in the course syllabus under the "Required Materials" section.