Saint Leo University

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Address:

33701 State Road 52

Saint Leo, FL 33574

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Format: Online

Program Description:

The National Security Agency (NSA) has awarded Saint Leo University's Masters in Cybersecurity program a number of certifications for National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense which include the following:

  • The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Saint Leo University's Tapia School of Business as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defence Education (CAE-CDE).
  • The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program. The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the Nation. (https://www.nsa.gov/resources/educators/centers-academic-excellence/)
  • The NSA Certification of Saint Leo's cybersecurity programs runs through academic year 2021

As the complexity of enterprise systems and critical IT infrastructure continues to grow, there is emerging demand for highly skilled information-security specialists and sophisticated practitioners in cybersecurity well versed in the science of protecting vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack. These information security professionals require proficiency in a variety of current and emerging technologies — computer and network security, digital forensics, cryptography, web security, biometrics, compliance & legal issues, software security, mobile security, and cloud computing security.

This program satisfies the dual needs of preparing graduates to (1) fill the need for information security and assurance professionals to work in a wide variety of capacities to protect the information systems of different types of organizations, and to support the nation’s information infrastructure and (2) conducting advanced research and in information security and assurance. Students develop core competencies in operating systems and networks. They focus on the technical aspects of information security, examining ways to provide secure information processing systems by utilizing operating systems security; distributed secure system architectures; database security; software applications security; security policies; applications security; network and distributed systems security; cryptography; and security protocols.

As a Cybersecurity graduate student at Saint Leo University, you will:

  • Fill the need for information security and assurance professionals to work in a wide variety of capacities to protect the information systems of different types of organizations, and to support the nation’s information infrastructure.
  • Conduct advanced research and in information security and assurance.
  • Students develop core competencies in operating systems and networks. They focus on the technical aspects of information security, examining ways to provide secure information processing systems by utilizing operating systems security; distributed secure system architectures; database security; software applications security; security policies; applications security; network and distributed systems security; cryptography; and security protocols.

The curriculum for the MS Cybersecurity degree is aligned with the core curriculum for graduate information assurance degrees set forth by the National Security Agency (NSA). The curriculum is also designed to align with the knowledge units covered in many industry recognized professional certifications in information security, such as Security+, CISSP, SSCP, CSSLP, and CISM.

The MS Cybersecurity degree prepares its graduates for career-track jobs in the emerging cybersecurity, information assurance/security fields. Students will be educated in the technical aspects of cyber security systems, and will be prepared to assume responsibility for the management, operation and oversight of these systems. Graduates will be actively recruited by federal, state and local governments, private sector and academia.

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University II

Loans Offered: Stafford Loans Available. Saint Leo FAFSA Code: 001526.

Locale: Fringe Rural Area

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