Cybersecurity MS Course Descriptions

IT 530 Computer Security

Provides an overview for the computer security risks facing enterprises today and covers the many options available for mitigation of these risks. Topics include security concepts, controls, and techniques; standards; designing, monitoring, and securing operating systems; hardware; applications; databases; networks (wired and wireless); and the controls used to enforce various levels of availability, confidentiality and integrity. Computer security is taught in the context of the increasingly global and distributed environment of today’s enterprise. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning are also discussed. Prerequisite: IT 520. (3)

IT 535 Advanced Computer Security

A more advanced study of computer security, including coverage of topics such as authentication mechanisms, authorization techniques, security models, trusted computing, network architecture security, operating system security, cryptography, database security, physical security, Web security and network security protocols, such as IPSec and SSL. Prerequisite: IT 530. (3)

IT 537 Computer Forensics and Incident Response

Presents methods to properly conduct a computer forensics investigation and to handle a cybersecurity incident. The course begins with a discussion of ethics while map-ping to the objectives of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) certification or the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) certification exam. Students should have a working knowledge of hardware and operating systems to maximize their success on projects and exercises throughout the course. (3)

IT 540 Enterprise Data Management and Analysis

Recognizing the increasing dependence on data to manage today’s enterprises, this course covers the design, development, management, and use of today’s transaction-based databases and data warehouses. The course covers the entire life cycle from planning; physical and logical design; extract, transfer, and load (ETL) applications; and data querying and reporting. The course provides practical experience with a relational database and with the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and the XML Stylesheet Language (XSL) for data transfer. (3)

IT 543 Project Management

Combines quantitative tools, concepts, and methods with behavioral science techniques to enable managers to plan, initiate, organize, lead, and manage projects within matrix and project organizations and under time pressure, rapid change conditions, and other conditions of rush. Students must achieve a minimum grade of B-. (3)

IT 544 The Technologies Behind Digital Transformation

This course covers the new technologies and methodologies which are helping transform organizations (government and private sector) in the digital age. Technologies include cloud computing, blockchain, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, the Internet of Things, data science, and other emerging technologies. Methodologies include DevOps and IT Service Management. Students research these technologies and methodologies and apply them to case studies in government, business, education, and healthcare. Students must achieve a minimum grade of B-. Prerequisite: IT510 with a grade B- or higher. (3)

IT 545 Health Care Informatics

Provides a broad understanding of the emerging field of medical informatics from the clinical, administrative, and health services planning perspectives. The course focuses on issues related to how public and private sector organizations generate and use health care information for management, evaluation, and research. It also addresses how organizational needs for information intersect, and sometimes conflict with, individual needs for privacy and confidentiality. (3)

IT 546 Principles of Data Science

This course examines the principles of data science, and data mining in particular. It focuses on finding information in large data repositories and covers concepts, algorithms, and applications in data warehousing and online analytical processing; mining frequent patterns and association rules; classification and predication; and cluster analysis implementations. It applies these techniques to the various types of data collected today including sequential and structured data, data streams from sensors, text data, Web data, social media data, image data, biomedical data and other forms of complex data. (3)

IT 547 Security and Privacy of Electronic Documents

Focuses on the security and privacy of issues (technical and managerial) associated with the collection, storage, and dissemination of electronic documents. Topics include analysis of business, technology, and legal concepts behind the storage, communication, and retrieval of electronic documents including text documents, email messages, and instant messages. Protection mechanisms include encryption, digital signature, watermarking, redaction, and security classification. The course addresses specific applications of the technology to include medical and e-discovery. (3)

IT 552 Operating Systems

Covers the major features of today’s multi-user operating systems, including topics such as concurrent processing, CPU scheduling, deadlocks, memory management, real and virtual memory, secondary storage management, security, and file management. (3)

IT 556 Data Visualization

Communicating clearly, accurately, and effectively about the patterns found in data is a key skill for a successful data scientist. This course focuses on the design and implementation of complementary visual and verbal representations of patterns and analyses in order to convey findings, answer questions, drive decisions, and provide persuasive evidence supported by data. Assignments will give students hands-on experience with designing and building data visualizations as well as reporting their findings in a variety of presentation styles. This course focuses on the use of data visualization techniques such as Tableau and SAS Visual Analytics. Prerequisite: IT 546

IT 557 Measuring Systems Security, Monitoring and Auditing

Examines best practices for identifying vulnerabilities and preventing attacks. This course is designed for cybersecurity personnel who are responsible for the management of cybersecurity in an organization and who will oversee processes and procedures that demonstrate the validity and quality of cybersecurity within an organization through monitoring, auditing, and penetration testing. Prerequisite: IT 530 or IT 504. (3)

IT 560 Applications of Cryptography

Presents a detailed understanding of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography. This course includes a discussion of the history of cryptography and cryptanalysis. It covers the algorithms for modern ciphers such as AES, DES, RSA, and RC4. The topics of key exchange and management, digital signatures, secure hashes, and steganography are covered. Prerequisite: IT 530. (3)

IT 566 Computer Scripting Techniques

This course covers writing scripts using current scripting languages in industry to solve common Information Technology (IT) problems. It covers the basics of scripting, syntax, and data representations, examining different ways to use scripting to automate regular tasks performed in various IT fields such as data science, cybersecurity, health informatics, system administration, natural language processing, and web programming. Students will apply scripting skills to problem solve relevant tasks in various IT specialties, learning how to write algorithms and regular expressions to extract relevant information from data-sets and how to use third party packages for more complicated tasks. Prerequisite: IT 546 (3)

IT 567 Global Cybersecurity and Cyber Warfare

Examines the global scope of the Internet and the security of cyberspace to ensure openness in a networked world, including areas such as business, politics, crime, and warfare. This is an emerging field and the focus of the course is identification of problems and the examination of global cybersecurity initiatives in the U.S., other countries, and the coordinating role of international organizations, both technical and strategic. (3)

IT 570 Cybersecurity: Law, Policy, Ethics, and Compliance

Focuses on the law, policy, ethics, and compliance issues concerning cybersecurity as information is collected and communicated in today’s networked world. International security law and legal principles are covered as well as topics such as ethics, privacy, and compliance. The theory and principles behind these topics are explored in depth, and students prepare a research paper on a contemporary topic relating to the field. Policy documents are critiqued and compliance issues are discussed. Students are expected to independently research the issues, make presentations to the class, and support their case. (3)

IT 575 Information Security Management

Covers the knowledge and skills for the management of security in today’s enterprise IT environments. It focuses on planning, designing, implementing, managing, and auditing security at all levels. Automated security management systems are discussed in detail. It examines the best practices and global standards in this emerging field. (3)

IT 576 Natural Language Processing (NLP) Techniques

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is the study of the complexities of analyzing linguistic information both in text and voice. Students examine the complexities of language phenomena and how to handle those using current NLP tools and scripting techniques. The course covers topics such as tokenization, sentence structure, grammars, parsing, machine translation and sentiment analysis. Students discuss and examine how data selection and sampling across genres affects NLP systems, including learning how to leverage social media data along with more formal language sources for English and multilingual data. Prerequisite: IT 566

IT 577 Human Factors in Cybersecurity

Explores the human aspects that have an impact on the practices, policies, and procedures that are in place in an organization to secure the firm’s information. Topics include human behavior, ethics, psychology, social engineering, and hacker culture. Emphasis is on the human element and the motivations for cyber crimes. Analysis covers techniques to prevent intrusions and attacks that threaten organizational data and techniques to identify potential insider threats. (3)

IT 580 Technology Leadership

Centers around the leadership knowledge and skills necessary for a chief information officer (CIO) or equivalent. Topics include strategic thinking, consulting, budget formulation, and effective management and leadership. In case studies and role-playing exercises, students have to practice leadership skills such as influence- and relationship-building. Students use questioning skills to gather information, analysis techniques, negotiation and influencing skills to make decisions, and communication skills to present the final proposal at an executive level. (3)

IT 585 Managing Technical People

Teaches the basic concepts and skills needed to manage technical people in high-performance environments. It is designed specifically for technical professionals who are planning to become team leaders, supervisors, and managers. (3)

IT 586 Machine Learning

This course introduces core machine learning models and algorithms for classification, regression, clustering, and dimensionality reduction. The course focuses on both understanding the theory of learning approaches, and effectively using them to solve real-world data science problems. Topics include least squares methods, linear classification, support vector machines, Bayesian networks and inference, the EM algorithm, and kernel methods. Students discuss and examine how machine learning is used in the real-world including government data, business information, biomedicine and cybersecurity. Prerequisite: IT 546 (3)

IT 587 Cybersecurity Systems: Certification and Accreditation

Familiarizes students with the standards and processes required to certify and accredit information systems for compliance with federally mandated cybersecurity requirements and international standards. This course includes detailed analysis of the government’s Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and provides students with practical experience with preparing reports under the regulations. The course also examines the National Security Agency’s “Common Criteria” requirements for security products. Prerequisite: IT 530. (3)

IT 588 Cybersecurity Risk Management

This course examines cybersecurity as a risk management problem where an organization identifies potential cybersecurity risks, evaluates those risks, and makes risk mitigation and acceptance decisions given any resource limitations. The course covers both the government’s Risk Management Framework (RMF) as well as more quantitative approaches to risk analysis, risk valuation, and risk metrics using techniques such as Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR). Students must earn a minimum grade of B-. Prerequisite: IT530 or IT504 with a minimum grade of B-. (3)

IT 590 Topics in Information Technology

Explores a contemporary topic relating to some aspect of information technology. This course can be repeated for credit with a new topic. (3)

IT 597 Security and Privacy of Medical Devices

This course examines the key cybersecurity design considerations for medical device manufacturers and developer as well as effective processes and procedures to manage cybersecurity throughout a device’s lifecycle. Students will learn the major concepts and skills for creating more trustworthy software-based medical devices ranging from pacemakers to mobile medical apps. Topics span cybersecurity principles, human factors, and regulatory policy that impact security level of medical devices that are increasingly interconnected and wirelessly controlled today. Students will apply the concepts and skills by analyzing the security of a real-world medical device in a term project. Students must achieve a minimum grade of B-. (3)

IT 610 IT Governance and Strategy

Examines methodologies and techniques to govern the large and rapidly evolving set of information technology (IT) activities and initiatives that take place in a large enterprise. The course includes the processes, including best practices, that govern decision making around investment decisions, staffing levels, outsourcing decisions, client relationships, project management, and other important IT operational areas. Internet governance is also discussed. The course includes practical experience in the development of an IT strategic plan. Students must achieve a minimum grade of B-. Prerequisites: At least 18 credits in the program with a minimum grade of B-.(3)

IT 670 Computer Network Defense

Provides hands-on experience for students to defend computer networks against attacks such as viruses; worms; Trojan horses; denial-of-service attacks; password cracking; key loggers; buffer overflow attacks; and reconnaissance, such as sniffing, DNS, SNMP, scanning, fingerprinting, and war driving. Students execute attack-and-defend scenarios and document their results. Prerequisite: IT 535. (3)

IT 680 IT Master’s Project

Requires the student to integrate and apply knowledge acquired in the degree program to a particular project. The student works individually to complete the project for a sponsor and under the direction of a full-time faculty member of his or her choice. The results are presented orally and communicated in writing. The project outcomes are critiqued by the faculty. Prerequisite: completion of at least 27 credits in the program. (3)