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Information assurance is one of the most dynamic fields in recent decades. With growing demand for computing professionals, Gannon's Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Master's Degree places emphasis on the development of students' skills and continued professional growth to stay abreast of the rapidly changing technological world
Keeping our critical cyber infrastructure secure while maintaining privacy is a priority. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2021. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has also predicted that the current number of cybersecurity job openings is on the rise. This program is aimed to fill that void. Every cybersecurity worker needs to be equipped with cybersecurity concepts and knowledge to protect and defend apps, data, networks, devices, critical systems, infrastructure and people. It provides post bachelor's academic credentials that lead to targeted industry-recognized certifications. There is no previous cyber education needed to complete the sequence of two certificates that lead to the master's degree. This program is designed for the full-time working professional who holds a nontechnical degree who is looking to improve their knowledge in cybersecurity, increase their job prospects and earning potential, or take the first step toward a graduate degree in the cybersecurity field.
Through this program, students will gain competencies needed for their career, including:
Understand threat modeling methodologies and apply risk-based management concepts to the supply chain.
The program is offered entirely online, and typically includes completion of both the Cybersecurity Essentials Certificate and the Information Systems Security Certificate as part of completing the program. Each academic semester typically consists of fourteen weeks with two courses offered in sequence. Most courses follow a 7-week on-line schedule, and are designed to meet or exceed Gannon’s online-course standards. It is anticipated that the courses in the program would be offered in online sessions, no special requirements for either the students or instructors will be made. The courses are scheduled as regular online, 7-week courses. Courses requiring the use of lab equipment as part of their instructional model are taught in with distributable software/licenses and/or simulations. Courses requiring these additional materials may include a modest course fee.
The MS-IAC is a 30-credit professional degree program. Students may begin studies with a wide variety of academic and work backgrounds.
Courses are presented in three general categories:
Factors for consideration include work experience in related areas of CIS and letters of recommendation. A committee appointed by the department chairperson will review applications for admission.
Cybersecurity Essentials (12 credits):
Information Assurance (12 credits):
Cybersecurity Elective (3 credits):
Directed Project or Directed Research (3 credits):
Each graduate student is expected to conduct a directed research / development project or thesis for completion of the degree.
Plan A (Directed Research): GCYSEC 699
The student is required to complete a 3-credit independent/team IAC research project and to pass a final oral examination covering the student's project area and related subject areas. The content of the independent/ team research should be in-depth scholarship culminating in a publishable-quality manuscript. The content should represent a researched and creative expression of the student's advanced capability as a result of the graduate program. The directed research must be proposed and approved prior to the commencement of the independent/team project work. Proposals must be approved prior to registering for research credits. Per department guidelines, directed research students register for GCYSEC 699 Directed Research when completing the research effort and after having received agreement from a faculty member to be the chair of the student's research effort.
Plan B (Directed Project): GCYSEC 698
The student is required to complete a 3-credit independent/team IAC project and to pass a final oral examination covering the student's project area and related subject areas. The content of the independent/ team project can be either (1) study and development of a prototype-level application culminating in a publishable-quality technical report. The content should represent a researched and creative expression of the student's advanced capability as a result of the graduate program. The directed development project must be proposed and approved prior to the commencement of the independent/team project work. Proposals must be approved prior to registering for project credits. Per department guidelines, directed project students register for GCYSEC 698 Directed Project when completing the development effort and after having received agreement from a faculty member to be the chair of the student's development effort.
While enrolled in GCYSEC 698 and GCYSEC 699 Directed Research, the student is required to satisfy other department-stipulated activities such as attendance at research seminars, participation in research presentations, and writing- or research-improvement seminars.
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