Courses & Syllabi

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  1. MSEC 510 - Foundations of Cyber Security

    Provides an overview of the introductory topics in cyber security, which will be the basis for the other security-related in the MSIS.  Topics include basic concepts on CIA (confidentiality, integrity, and availability), risk management, disaster recovery, access control, basic cryptography and software application vulnerabilities.

    Notes: 4 class sessions will be 3.5 hours long.
    1 class session will be 2 hours and 20 minutes long.
    (5 classes; 16 hours and 20 minutes total)

    Prerequisites:Admission to the Executive MS in Management of Secure Information Systems.Credits:2When Offered:Fall, Spring, Summer
  2. MSEC 511 - Security Practices in the Enterprise

    Provides the practices and methods currently used by information security professionals to manage and operate the secure IT infrastructures in the enterprise industry and in the US Federal Sector. It covers tools and knowledge required to design, execute, and/or evaluate the INFOSEC standards and procedures required of government and industry. The topic includes security operation center (SOC), network security, malware countermeasures, operational systems security, risk analysis and incident response practices.

    Notes: 4 class sessions will be 3.5 hours long.
    1 class session will be 2 hours and 20 minutes long.
    (5 classes; 16 hours and 20 minutes total)

    Prerequisites:MSEC 510Credits:2When Offered:Fall, Spring, Summer
  3. MSEC 520 - Networking Principles

    Introduction to the principles guiding the design and operation of modern communication networks; using the structure provided by layered service models, this course explores systematically the architecture and protocols of large, decentralized networks. Topics include medium access control in local area networks, switching, routing, and addressing, reliable and secure transport, flow and congestion control. Throughout, examples are drawn from the suite of Internet protocols.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the Executive MS in Management of Secure Information Systems. Credits:1When Offered:Fall
  4. MSEC 620 - Networking Security

    Provides a comprehensive introduction to network security concepts and problems and the mechanisms and tools to secure networks. Focuses on the Internet; discusses the threats to and from the Internet and examines existing Internet security techniques and protocols and their limitations. Topics include secret key and public key cryptography, Hash algorithms, authentication, IPSEC/VPN, IPSEC key exchange, SSL/TLS, firewall, anonymous communication, and VoIP security.

    Prerequisites:MSEC 510 and 520Credits:2When Offered:Fall, Spring
  5. MSEC 630 - Secure Information System Governance, Regulation, and Compliance

    Provides insight into secure information system governance, regulations, and compliance including noteworthy legislation, regulations, and compliance issues as well as commonalities and significant differences between departments and agencies within the Federal Executive Branch (FEB). The course is presented as formal lectures complemented by group discussion. Each topic is addressed as part of the larger Secure Information System structure.

    Notes: 4 class sessions will be 3.5 hours long.
    1 class session will be 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    (5 total class sessions; 16 hours and 20 minutes total).

    Prerequisites:MSEC 510Credits:2When Offered:Fall, Spring, Summer
  6. MSEC 640 - Privacy and Ethics in an Interconnected World

    Course considers key ethical issues for professionals in network security in an emerging age of internet access, virtual environments, and wireless capabilities. Intellectual property, privacy, computer abuse, free speech, and commerce are examined.

    Notes: 4 class sessions will be 3.5 hours long.
    1 class session will be 2 hours and 20 minutes long.
    (5 class sessions; 16 hours 20 minutes total)

    Prerequisites:Admission to the Executive MS in Management of Secure Information Systems program.Credits:2When Offered:Fall, Spring, Summer
  7. MSEC 641 - Enterprise Security Threats

    Provides a broad exposition of emerging cyber-security threats for large-scale enterprises: Denial of Service (DoS), insider attacks, remote exploitation. It covers defenses that may mitigate or curtail some aspects of these emerging security threats.

    Prerequisites:MSEC 511Credits:1When Offered:Fall, Spring, Summer
  8. MSEC 642 - Enterprise Security Technologies

    Provides an overview of enterprise security tools used in advanced security IT departments of enterprises today. In addition to understanding the tools, their capabilities, and their gaps, students participate in hands-on laboratory exercises with enterprise security tools.

    Notes: 4 class sessions will be 3.5 hours long.
    1 class session will be 2 hours and 20 minutes long.
    (5 class sessions; 16 hours 20 minutes total)

    Prerequisites:MSEC 511Credits:2
  9. MSEC 650 - Seminar: Enterprise Security Case Studies

    Provides an exposition of large enterprise security systems including operational requirements, threat model, security analysis, economic analysis, and defense posture options that expose the operational and economic trade-offs when architecting Enterprise security.

    Prerequisites:MSEC 641Credits:1When Offered:Fall, Spring
  10. MSEC 696 - Directed Studies Management of Secure Information Systems

    Approval by faculty member and program director required prior to registration. Studies specialized topics in business not otherwise available in the curriculum.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the MSIS program or permission of the program director.Credits:1-3
  11. MSEC 697 - Special Topics in Management of Secure Information Systems

    Sections established as necessary to focus on various topical issues that emerge in practice of management of secure information systems.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the MSIS program or permission of the program director.Credits:1-3
  12. MSEC 710 - Global Residency

    Students spend a week in an international residency. Emphasis is on how other nations deal with management of secure information system, the management of those systems, and related public policy issues. Corporate site visits are combined with presentations by professors from universities outside the United States and relevant practitioners. Students are required to write a paper summarizing their observations and attend pre-residency preparatory sessions.

    (Equivalent to TECM 757)

    Prerequisites:Admission to Executive MS in Management of Secure Information Systems. Credits:2When Offered:Fall, Summer, Spring
  13. MSEC 720 - Capstone Project in Management of Secure Information Systems

    Teams undertake a strategic evaluation and plan for the management of secure information systems. They develop plans that include technical, organizational, and policy aspects. A report is produced and presented to the entire cohort for discussion.

    (Equivalent to TECM 737)

    Prerequisites:Admission to Executive MS in Management of Secure Information Systems.Credits:3When Offered:Fall, Summer, Spring
  14. MSIS 611 - Leadership & Change Management

    Distinguishes between leadership and management, and focuses on the critical roles and functions of leadership, including communication ability, use of power and influence, providing direction, aligning an organization’s systems, motivating a workforce, and creating a culture for effectiveness. It also focuses on strategies for developing oneself as an effective leader.

    Prerequisites:Admission to Technology Management or Management of Secure Information Systems Programs. Credits:2
  15. MSIS 614 - Financial & Cost Accounting

    Provides managers with an overview of the purpose and importance of accounting within the organization and the financial valuation of information technology companies, projects, and product line. Students focus on the economics and analysis of business transactions and their related financial reporting issues from internal and external stakeholder perspectives. Students improve their skills in analyzing financial issues and presenting results in a case analysis framework.

    Prerequisites:Admission to Technology Management or Management of Secure Information Systems Programs.Credits:2
  16. MSIS 620 - Economics of Technology Management

    Enables students to build and evaluate economic and business models that can be used to analyze real managerial questions that affect all types of institutions, especially firms in the information technology industry. Students develop a better understanding of the operation of markets in general and the use of various quantitative and qualitative methods when making decisions within the firm. The use of economic analysis allows students to identify and evaluate decision alternatives, the competitive environments of firms, and the factors that influence firm performance, especially in the information technology industry.

    Prerequisites:Admission to Technology Management or Management of Secure Information Systems Programs.Credits:2
  17. MSIS 641 - Innovation, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship

    Cybersecurity is a field with both tremendous opportunity and need for innovations and commercialization of new technologies. In addition, there is tremendous opportunity and success by cybersecurity startup firms in US and internationally. Course investigates technology and cybersecurity innovation and commercialization and keys to success for cybersecurity entrepreneurship.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the MS in Management of Secure Information SystemsCredits:2
  18. MSIS 643 - Managerial Finance

    This course will provide students with a survey of the theory and practice of corporate financial management with specific applications to technology firms. Students will develop an understanding of key elements required in the valuation of diverse project alternatives for a firm; including their strategic importance for the firm. The course will provide an opportunity to critically evaluate and use financial management models within a problem set and/or case analysis framework. Students will gain an understanding of how finance may be employed within the firm as a source of potential competitive advantage.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems or MS in Technology Management programs.Credits:2
  19. MSIS 696 - Directed Studies in MSIS

    Approval by faculty member and program director required prior to registration. Studies specialized topics in business not otherwise available in the curriculum.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems programCredits:1-3
  20. MSIS 697 - Special Topics in MSIS

    Sections established as necessary to focus on various topical issues that emerge in practice of management of secure information systems.

    Prerequisites:Admission to the MS in Management of Secure Information SystemsCredits:1-3
  21. MSIS 711 - Deriving Strategic Value from IT Investments

    Prepares students to be educated consumers of information technology to maximize strategic advantage of IT to an organization. Information technologies, architectures, and products are categorized and analyzed with a view to develop and maintain the most favorable IT asset portfolio to successfully carry out business goals and strategies. Techniques for making group technology assessments, outsourcing decisions, project bidding, and contract negotiations.

    Prerequisites:Admission to Technology Management or Management of Secure Information Systems Programs. Credits:2
  22. MSIS 735 - Capstone Project

    Teams undertake a strategic evaluation and plan for IT-driven business initiatives. Presentation includes analysis of competitive forces and the value chain; recommendations, including changes in goals and organizational design; plan of action integrating marketing, human resource development, organizational design, finance, and information technology; and implementation plan using theories of communication and change management, to include business case and business plan.

    Prerequisites:Admission to MS Management of Secure Information Systems Program. Credits:1-3
  23. MSIS 750 - Global Practices in Security of Information Systems

    Students spend a week in an international residency. Emphasizes dealing with technological changes across international markets and amid global developments, virtual organizations, and project management across cultures. Corporate site visits combined with presentations by professors from universities outside the United States and relevant practitioners.

    Prerequisites:Admission to MS Management of Secure Information Systems Program. Credits:1-3
  24. PUBP 610 - Organizations, Management, and Work: Theory and Practice

    This introduction to organizations, management, and work examines ideas and practices from two perspectives: conventional ones that go back to the industrial age and scientific management; and contemporary ones that have to do with organizing knowledge-work. Covers contributions of a range of writers and deals with foundations of OD from the standpoint of both theory and practice.

    Credits:2When Offered:Fall, Spring
  25. PUBP 611 - Critical Infrastructure Protection in Theory, Policy and Practice

    Introduces critical infrastructure protection as a policy field, examines its institutional framework, and considers its foundations in political and economic theory.

    Credits:2When Offered:Fall, Spring

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