Computer Information Systems and Cyber Security (MS)

Computer Information Systems and Cyber Security (MS)

Program Description

There is an ever-increasing need in society for greater cybersystems and information security. This need calls for the development of leaders who can implement, monitor, and respond to security issues, as well as researchers who can develop original and innovative technologies to improve cybersystems security. The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Cyber Security program from AUM provides specialized training in computer network and information security, secure software engineering, operating system security, secure network engineering, and applied cryptology.

The program prepares students to become leaders in the field of information and network security, offering instruction and research opportunities that provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively assess, develop, and manage secure information networks and to respond to newly developed threats. This degree program offers a unique opportunity for students to learn to:

  • Identify and respond to information security challenges in distributed and embedded systems
  • Identify and respond to information security challenges in distributed and embedded systems
  • Integrate the use of encryption technology in non-secure and non- private computers and systems
  • Design and conduct research in the area of cyber systems and information security
  • Critically evaluate and apply research to computer and cyber systems threats

Students in this program will develop skills to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical, management, and policy aspects of cyber systems and information security
  • Recognize the impact of security issues related to software engineering on distributed information systems
  • Assess information risks faced by an organization and develop a response plan
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technological and human engineering problems linked to security risks
  • Access the impact of information security policies, and market developments on complex systems and organizational objectives
  • Mitigate system vulnerabilities and restore compromised services
  • Manage the development, acquisition, and evolution of a secure information network
  • Construct secure networked and distributed computer systems
  • Troubleshoot large–scale information networks and distributed systems
  • Develop a strategy for lifelong learning and professional development in information security disciplines.

Students in this program can find jobs in settings such as homeland security, government and state agencies, private business and the military.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries nationally.

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, but there is more aggressive growth for some occupations, such as Information Security Analysts (see below). Demand for these professionals will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

 U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data 
JobMedian Annual PayJob Growth through 2028
Computer and Information Research Scientists$118,37016%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$82,0505%
Information Security Analysts$98,35032%

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