Information Security & Risk Management (PSM)


The program is recognized by the Commission on Affiliation of Professional Science Master's Programs (PSM Commission). 

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Program Requirements

Common Core

The course includes information warfare principles and technologies. The key areas are: Information warfare concepts; Protocols, Authentication, and Encryption; Network attach techniques, methodologies, and tools; Network defense; Malware: trojans, worms, viruses, and malicious code; Electronic crimes and digital evidence. Pre: With permission by the instructor.

Prerequisites: none

Special topics in computer science research not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit on each new topic.

Prerequisites: none

Content covered will include the following: scientific process; sampling bias; hypothesis tests; confidence intervals; risk analysis vs assessment; statistical analysis concepts. Issues with qualitative and quantitative risk analysis methodologies. Exposure to and practice with multiple risk analysis methodologies, including at least one that is considered a standard.

Prerequisites: none

Content covered will include the following: analyze audience; define report outline and objectives for target audience (IT, executives, audit & compliance); ethos/pathos/logos concepts; white papers. Data misrepresentations, intentional or unintentional; appropriate use of data visualization tools and dashboards; representing needle in haystack data (low volume, high risk).

Prerequisites: none

Risk management strategies. Human factors, resistance to change. Design, development and evaluation of security controls; catalog of security controls; performance metrics. Management oversight; cost-benefit analysis, business impact analysis; policies, processes, standards. Technical, administrative, physical controls.

Prerequisites: none

This course will focus on research, design, and analysis of computer networks and data communications systems. The course will also entail detailed examination of modern communication standards, protocol systems and their implementation. Additional topics may include transmission technology, packet switching, routing, flow control, and protocols. Same as CS 662. Pre-req: IT 562 or 564

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Component - Choose 4 Credit(s).

Provides students with opportunity to utilize their training in a real-world business environment working under the guidance and direction of a faculty member. (A maximum of 4 credits apply toward a degree in this department.) Pre: consent Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: none

Restricted Electives

Technical communication course designed specifically for STEM industry professionals or students in PSM programs; emphasis on development of technical communication skills and expertise needed for business- and industry-specific documents and presentations for internal or external audiences.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides an advanced overview of the production and management of workplace communication. Participants will analyze and produce documents typical of workplace communication (ranging from memos and reports to business plans and websites) and research presentations, documentation, and management of communication projects appropriate to their industry or business concerns.

Prerequisites: none

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the policies, strategies and operations of companies doing business internationally.

Prerequisites: none