2015-2016 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2015-2016 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Security Management, CAS


Carsten Oesterlund, Program Director, 309 Hinds Hall, 315-443-2911, igrad@syr.edu


Information Security Management


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 in Information Security Management 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 program 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.


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

I. Required Core (3 credits)


* Security courses, other than those listed below, may apply. Students should review other security courses on the course schedule for possible substitution, as appropriate. Students should consult Advising in Student Services for these requests.

II. Management Security (at least 3 credits)

IV. Information Studies (6 credits)

An additional 6 credit hours from the Management Security or Technology Security course lists above or from any of the below courses:

Scholarship Opportunity:

Students who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply for a grant through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP).

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 36-credit Master of Science in Telecommunications and Network Management. Selective credits may be applied to the 36-credit Master of Science in Library and Information Science.