Organizational Security (Master's)
Enhance your knowledge of organizational security as you build your strategic, planning, and management skills in this master's concentration designed for those who intend to be leading security experts. You will examine emerging security issues, regulations, and threats and learn how to protect:
- People and organizations
- Physical structures and equipment
- Intellectual property
- Continuity of operations
Analyze financial implications of security programs and options, be strategic in your approach to tackling security challenges, and learn to protect the assets that matter most.
MS in Security Management with a concentration in Organizational Security requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- SMGT 4050 - Security Concepts Overview
- SMGT 4100 - Business Function of Security
- SMGT 4350 - Business Assets Protection
- SMGT 4910 - Research Practices and Applications
- SMGT 4901 - Capstone Project
- SMGT 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- SMGT 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- SMGT 4150 - Risk Management
- SMGT 4300 - Security Administration
- SMGT 4400 - Emergency Planning
- SMGT 4500 - Human Factors in Security
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Security Management programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Security Management programs include:
- SMGT 4200 - Integrated Security Systems
- SMGT 4250 - IS: Threats in Security
- SMGT 4450 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Security Management
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Careers in Organizational Security
Chief Security Officer, Director of Loss Prevention, Director of Security, Firefighter, Investigator, Police Officer, Risk Manager, Security Analyst, Security Consultant
Assessing organizational vulnerability; conducting emergency and evacuation drills; developing organizational emergency response plans and procedures; documenting, investigating, and reporting on security breaches; installing and maintaining security measures; managing the execution of response plans in the midst of a crisis; monitoring security systems for breaches; preparing and analyzing damage and risk assessments; recommending security upgrades
It's a hot market for highly-trained security professionals, according to the 2012 Career Impact Survey conducted by (ISC)2. The top skills employers are looking for in candidates include risk management, telecom, and security management practices.
Careers In Security Management
Secure your future.
Security Magazine reports that a growing trend in the security management field includes business continuity and crisis management, as well as going green—from using hybrid cars to creating green systems for IT. Emergency management is seeing an increase in career opportunities, with a 21% job growth projected through 2018. Whether you are pursuing a career in IT security or physical security, the security management field is bustling with opportunity, particularly homeland security. Information security and cybersecurity continues to grow as a priority among businesses and the government, and a graduate degree in the field is becoming the minimum requirement, according to a 2010 Career Trends survey. Research shows a huge shortage of IT security professionals, making this a profession worth pursuing to secure your future.
Find your niche!
Security today is complex and in a burgeoning integrative world, effective professionals are in high demand to forge the way past the potential threats. So what are the emerging security trends? Extensible Threat Management Systems (XTM's), Two Factor Authentication, Encryption, Hosted Security, Internet Filtering, Endpoint Security, Low Footprint Anti-Virus, VoiP Security, Compliance, Convergence of Voice and Data. In the cybersecurity world, web applications account for 55% of threats, according to the IBM X-Force Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report. Beyond the IT realm of security, environmental threats and disasters also need the proper planning and management, for incidents such as hurricanes, oil spills, and fires. For job opportunities dealing with these threats, look to the government, military, financial institutions, educational facilities, or hospitals.
Where are they now?
University College alumni who graduated from the Security Management program have job titles such as Software Engineer, Senior Manager, Correctional Systems Officer, Supervisory Special Agent, and Investigator II at companies and organizations such as the FBI, Office of the Attorney General for Colorado, Lockheed Martin, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Bristol Myers Squibb.
Trends: Extensible Threat Management Systems (XTM's), Two Factor Authentication, Encryption, Hosted Security, Internet Filtering, Endpoint Security, Low Footprint Anti−Virus, VoiP Security, Compliance, Convergence of Voice and Data
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