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Gannon Launches New Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Published: 01/11/2021

Gannon Launches New Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Gannon Launches New Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Gannon University’s College of Engineering and Business is launching a new Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity that prepares graduates or working professionals who have no previous cyber training to expand their skills or increase job prospects and earning potential.

Applications are now being accepted for the Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity program with a start date of the Fall 2021 semester.

This 30-credit program can be completed 100% online with courses offered in two, 7-week sessions per semester. The master’s degree program consists of a series of what is called “stackable credentials.” As part of this, students will earn graduate certificates in cybersecurity essentials (12 credits) and information systems security (12 credits), a cybersecurity elective (three credits), and a desired project or directed research (three credits) while completing credits toward the master’s degree.

Students also have the option to apply directly to a single certificate program rather than the master’s program.

The online Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity equips students with the foundational knowledge needed to obtain industry professional certifications including the CompTIA Networking+, CompTIA Security+, Global Information Assurance Certification, and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Throughout this program, students will gain competencies needed for their career that include:

  • Determining compliance requirements and understanding legal issues pertaining to information security;

  • Applying cyber forensic and investigation techniques using current computer forensic tools;

  • Effectively securing business using current trends in network management;

  • Analyzing business continuity requirements, enforcing personnel security procedures, and applying risk

    management concepts;

  • Understanding threat modeling methodologies and applying risk-based management concept to the supply

    chain.

Currently, there are 521,617 total cybersecurity job openings across the United States with 16,063 of those in Pennsylvania, according to Cyber Seek. Gannon’s information assurance and cybersecurity master’s degree emphasizes the development of students’ skills and continued professional growth to stay abreast of the rapidly changing technological world and gain a competitive edge to meet this career demand.

 

“This program is designed for working professionals with no cyber background who inevitably are or will be asked to take on cyber security responsibilities,” said Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., Gannon’s provost and vice president for student experience. “Most small- to medium-sized organizations do not have the resources to hire additional staff to address cyber security risks. This program can train existing personnel within those organizations to protect organizational assets that are at risk in today’s business environment.”

Learn more at https://www.gannon.edu/academic-offerings/engineering-and-business/graduate/information- assurance-and-cybersecurity/

Apply today at apply.gannon.edu