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In this master's concentration, learn to navigate real-world cyber security challenges such as setting up a secure network, securing servers, defining application security requirements, and solving hypothetical security breaches. As you develop specific technical knowledge and skills, also learn to place cyber security solutions within an overall enterprise context.
You’ll learn how to:


  • Develop and implement information security policies and procedures
  • Design secure network solutions and applications
  • Create strategies to establish secure operations
  • Plan for business continuity
  • Evaluate encryption standards and solutions
  • Conduct computer forensics analysis

The curriculum aligns with the Common Body of Knowledge for CISSP certification developed by the International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium (ISC)². In addition, the concentration was developed in collaboration with the Colorado Springs and Denver chapters of the Information Security Systems Association (ISSA), and the courses have been mapped to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) standards. The University of Denver has been designated by NSA/DHS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education.

To learn more about the Information and Communications Technology degree, visit the program overview page.

Cybersecurity at the University of Denver

The University of Denver offers two master's degree programs related to cybersecurity that prepare students to meet the growing demand of IT security professionals.

Master of Science in Information Systems Security (University College)

  • Online, on campus in the evenings, or a combination of both
  • Full-time or part-time, finish in 18 months or up to five years
  • Designed for professionals currently in the IT field or career changers
  • Focuses on developing both technical and leadership skills

Master of Science in Cybersecurity (Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science)

  • On campus only
  • Full-time, finish in 12 months
  • Designed for early-career professionals
  • Focuses on cybersecurity fundamentals and technical applications



Required Courses

MS in Information And Communications Technology with a concentration in Information Systems Security requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Core courses - 16 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.


Concentration courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

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.


Elective courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Information And Communications Technology 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 Information And Communications Technology programs include:


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Careers in Information Systems Security

Titles
Information System Security Officer (ISSO), Cybersecurity Analyst, Information Security Analysts, Security Officer, Information Technology Specialist, Security Analyst, IT Manager, Information Assurance Officer, Strategist, Security Technology Architect.

Duties
Develop and maintain system security plans, management, training, policy interpretation, architecture, security testing, decision-making, policymaking.

Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of information security professionals is projected to grow 18% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security specialists is expected to grow due to increased frequency of cyberattacks. The University of Denver Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science found that a significant talent gap exists in cybersecurity and by 2019 there will be 1.5 million unfilled jobs, including 12,000 in Colorado. Sectors that will have a higher demand for information security professionals include government, healthcare, and financial institutions. The U.S. News and World Report ranked information security positions #7 in “Best Technology Jobs.”

Careers In Information and Communications Technology

YOU are in high demand!
YOU are in high demand! One of the fastest growth rates among all occupations in the U.S., computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12% through 2024. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information technology professionals was $81,430 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage of $36,200 for all occupations. Whether you choose a career at a government agency, large corporation, or small organization, ICT professionals are in high demand-particularly if you have job experience and relevant education in information and communication technology under your belt.

ICT makes the grade.
The best jobs are in IT, according to U.S. News and World Report. From Information Technology Manager to Database Administrator, Software Developer to Web Developer, these jobs crack the top 10 careers on the U.S. News and World Report list of top 100 best jobs, as there is an explosive demand in the IT field. A master's degree is preferred for most positions, according to U.S. News and World Report, which also predicts that a focus on mobile application development will help professionals beat the competition.

Where are they now?
Alumni from University College who graduated with a master's degree in information and communication technology hold job titles such as Systems Administrator, Project Manager, Network Engineer, Managing Consultant, Network Architect, Lead IT Analyst, Data Engineer, and CEO in companies and organizations such as Pratt & Whitney, Ironware Technologies, iBoss Security, PayPal, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Vanguard Communication, CenturyLink, Advanced Program Group, Level 3, Verizon Wireless, IBM, IntelliDyne, Cisco Systems, Chevron, Time Warner, Harland Financial Solutions, and the United States Air Force.

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