Mar 04, 2024
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. 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, 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, management issues, policy issues, ethics, 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)
Students need to choose one class in each of the tracks listed below.
Because Information Security is such a dynamically changing field, the MSIM program committee (which includes the Program Director and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs) will maintain two lists of approved electives. These lists will be kept online in a publicly viewable location (i.e.: the course catalog and our own website), and will be updated by May 1 each year.
Management Security (3 credits)
Technology Security (3 credits)
III. Information Studies (6 credits)
Students can choose additional 6 credit hours from the Management Security or Technology Security course lists above or from any of the below courses. The independent study and internship need to have a focus in information security in order to count towards the CAS.