2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Feb 18, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Security Management, CAS


Carsten Oesterlund, Program Director (for fall 2018), 309 Hinds Hall, 315-443-2911, igrad@syr.edu
Murali Venkatesh, Program Director (for spring 2019),120 Hinds Hall, 315-443-2911, igrad@syr.edu




Information is a critical asset within an organization. Lives and livelihoods depend on the continuation of information systems and their correct operation. With the increasing complexities of today’s hardware, software, and their networking, the need for managing enterprise security becomes more pressing. Information Security Management (ISM) can be defined as the comprehensive skills that manage a high degree of complex technical security, increased operational costs, and diverse policies and user behavior. Senior executives, IT managers, and technical staffs need well-educated, strong skills in ISM for their organizations.

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Information Security Management (ISM) offers a comprehensive set of skills for information security management, enabling students to take a lead role in the area within their organizations. The 15-credit CAS provides students with the flexibility to take coursework that does not overlap with their current expertise but gives them tools in information security technology, policy, risk management, and evaluation, depending on their background.

This certificate is offered in both campus and distance learning formats, and can be completed as a full-time or part-time student. The certificate is available to those with or without experience in the information technology field. Applicants may be currently working in a related field, or they may be interested in making a career change into the information security field. The certificate also provides an opportunity for professional development and serves as a foundation for career advancement.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Analyze technical and policy issues, ethics, operational costs, and diverse user behavior that either impact or are impacted by information security

2. Evaluate and explain applications of information security in highly complex hardware, software, data, and their networking infrastructure

3. Manage the complex interaction between technical security, policy issues, ethics, operational costs, and diverse user behavior, as it may affect organizational operations and data integrity

4. Develop and Deliver effective professional communications


The certificate requires 15 graduate credits. All courses are 3 graduate credits unless specified otherwise.

I. Required Core (3 credits)

II. Secondary Focus Areas (6 credits)

Management Security (3 credits)

III. Information Studies (6 credits)

• Students can choose an additional 6 credit hours from the Management Security or Technology Security course lists above, or from any of the below courses.  Security courses available at the university other than those listed below may apply.  A formal Petition is required for students who want to count a course towards the CAS that is not listed in the curriculum.  Please email iAdvising@syr.edu to learn more about the Petition process.

Earn a Master’s Degree:

Participants in the certificate program have the option of applying these graduate credits toward a master’s degree offered at the School of Information Studies. All 15 credits completed for the certificate can be included in the 42-credit requirement Master of Science in Information Management, or the 36-credit Master of Science in Enterprise Data Systems. Selective credits may be applied to the 36-credit Master of Science in Library and Information Science.