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The 30-unit master of cybersecurity management is a part-time program for working professionals.
A 15-unit graduate certificate in cybersecurity management is also offered and can be transferred into the degree program at any time. This program also offers the option to enroll in up to 9 units in program approved courses with the Computer Science Department. (*) Courses required to earn the certificate.
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Qualified veterans: WashU McKelvey School of Engineering and the VA will cover 100 percent of your graduate tuition.
- Required Courses
Cybersecurity Technical Fundamentals (T83-560)*
This course presents a comprehensive survey of cybersecurity technology including basic theory and concepts. Students will gain hands-on familiarity of cybersecurity technology through lab exercises, in-class studios, and scenarios. Topics covered include security considerations surrounding operating systems, the web, email, databases, wireless, the cloud, and the Internet of Things. Also addressed are cryptography, secure software design, physical security, and human factors in cybersecurity.
Oversight for Excellence: Cybersecurity Management and Governance (T83-561)*
This course takes a comprehensive approach to the management of the organizational cybersecurity function. It also explores the principles of information technology governance. Coursework provides a deeper understanding of best practices for managing cyber security processes and meeting multiple needs of enterprise management by balancing the void between business risks, technical issues, control needs, and reporting metrics. Toward this end, the course addresses a range of topics necessary for success, including the elements of and how to establish a governance program, cybersecurity management frameworks, developing and implementing a cybersecurity strategy, deploying cybersecurity policy and controls, ensuring standards and regulatory compliance, functional and budgetary advocacy, interfacing with the C-Suite and Board, and talent acquisition and development.
Efficient and Effective Cybersecurity Operations (T83-562)*
In this course, students will gain understanding of what it takes to manage the people, process, and technology for effective and efficient day-to-day cybersecurity operations. Using the Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC) as the fundamental exemplar, students will learn the functions and processes that comprise a typical CSOC with an underlying focus on continually optimizing operations for agility and performance. Options for structuring the CSOC will be examined along with core CSOC functions and processes such as threat intelligence; monitoring, detection, and threat assessment; vulnerability management; incident response; prevention, including awareness training; partner and third-party coordination; analytics, metrics, and reporting; training; and CSOC technologies and instrumentation.
Cybersecurity Risk Management (T83-566)*
In this course, students will gain deeper appreciation of the challenges faced by enterprises when addressing cybersecurity risks. The course will cover evolution of cyber threats, including attacker methods and their targets across different industries. Students will be able to understand the differences between enterprise, operational and cybersecurity risk management and the role that each play (or should play) in managing risks to an organization. Students will gain technical understanding of industry leading frameworks (COSO, ISO, NIST, FAIR) and become conversant with their strengths and weaknesses as well as the applicability and practicality of their implementation.
The Hacker Mindset: Cyber Attack Fundamentals (T83-567)*
This course is designed to provide an introductory understanding of how offensive security techniques practically operate. During this course students will use hacking techniques to compromise systems, collect data, and perform other tasks that fall under the generally understood use of the term “hacker.” These techniques will be related to risk-based defensive security practices with a view toward enhancing the student’s understanding of what it takes to be a successful “defender.” By the conclusion of the course, students will have a baseline technical understanding of hacking techniques, will have executed offensive security operations, and will have increased technical understanding of what it takes to deal with cyber threats.
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