Master's in Information Assurance Courses

Regis University's Masters in Information Assurance courses follow the recommendations provided by:

  • The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) 4000 training standards
  • The (ISC)2 International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Ten Domains of Knowledge
  • The International Security Audit and Controls Association (ISACA)

Both the online and on-campus programs feature the same courses taught by the same Regis University professors.

To earn the Information Assurance masters, students must successfully complete 36 credit hours of study.

Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)

MSCC 610 Information Technology Concepts (3 credit hours) This introduction to information systems concepts and technologies emphasizes the resources needed to meet organizational goals. The course will focus on information systems in a business environment with special attention to value proposition and the various types of basic information systems.

MSCC 630 Enterprise Architecture (3 credit hours) Based on a variety of business examples, this course explores the knowledge and resources needed to deploy and manage information systems across an entire organization. Different enterprise strategies will be evaluated using actual experience from real-world applications.

MSCC 697 Information Technology Research Methods (3 credit hours) In preparation for a graduate thesis presentation, students will propose and prepare an information systems research project. Once approved by faculty, strategies for proposal presentation, project management, research, and thesis writing will be developed. At the conclusion of this course, students will prepare an abstract proposal outline and research plan that will serve as the basis for the graduate thesis.

Information Assurance Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Select five classes from the following:

MSIA 670 Information Enterprise Assurance (3 credit hours) This course introduces the basic Information Assurance (IA) model covering database, application, and system security. Current security standards, best practices, and auditing strategies will also be explored.

MSIA 672 Managing a Secure Enterprise (3 credit hours) Ongoing information security throughout an entire organization is the focus of this course, with an emphasis on physical security, disaster recovery planning, and business continuity planning.

MSIA 674 Planning/Implementing Architecture Security (3 credit hours) Within a corporate information system, this course explores security policy development, implementation, and standards compliance. Complete enterprise security over telecommunications systems and wireless data networks will also be analyzed.

MSIA 676 Securing & Protecting: Systems, Applications, Data (3 credit hours) Strategies for risk analysis, security policy, intrusion detection, damage control, and assessment are the focus of this course, with an emphasis on building and protecting enterprise infrastructure and proprietary data.

MSIA 678 Risk Management (3 credit hours) This course prepares students to evaluate an organization's exposure to information technology security threats. Rigorous security policies and standards-based analysis are used to judge existing security systems and create an actionable threat-matrix.

MSIA 680 Computer Forensics (3 credit hours) Students in this course will explore the legal and technical challenges to the investigation of computer components with hands-on exercises and theoretical study.

MSIA 682 Network Forensics (3 credit hours) Investigating computer networks is the focus of this course. Students will employ a sophisticated set of tools, techniques, and legal policies to enhance the results of network investigations. Established concepts, existing methodology, and emerging tools will also be examined.

MSIA 684 IT Auditing (3 credit hours) This course combines technical knowledge with accounting skill and regulatory awareness to establish auditing best practices to protect organizational assets. Current government reporting standards will be reviewed, including Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

MSIA 692 Information Assurance Practicum (3 credit hours) This practicum provides students with hands-on experience across a variety of software and hardware platforms in support of the Academic Research Network. Different operational assignments will provide real world Informational Assurance practice and opportunities to advance research topics.

General Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Select three courses from any School of Computer & Information Sciences 600-level course.

Thesis (3 Credit Hours)

MSIA 698 Information Assurance Thesis (3 credit hours) Students will demonstrate mastery of Information Assurance theory and practice through written and presented materials based on the research project chosen earlier in the program. A graduate thesis will be submitted based on industry-standard writing, research, and presentation techniques.

Specialization in Cyber Security (12 Credit Hours)

In addition to the specific requirements of the Master of Science in Information Assurance degree, those students that complete four of five listed classes below will be eligible for the Master of Science in Information Assurance degree with a specialization in Cyber Security. The same classes make up the curriculum for the GC in Information Assurance and Cyber Security.

MSCT 609 UNIX CONCEPTS Studies the fundamentals and basic concepts of the UNIX operating system. Utilizes the UNIX file system, system security and administration, client/server computing, UNIX networking, and the latest trends in the UNIX environment.

MSIA 670 INFORMATION ENTERPRISE ASSURANCE Introduces the basic Information Assurance (IA) model; security of the database, the application and the system. Examines current security standards, best practices and auditing practices.

MSIA 676 SECURING & PROTECTING: SYS, APPS, DATA Provides the knowledge of building and protecting enterprise infrastructure and proprietary data. Topics include risk analysis, security policies, intrusion detection, damage control and assessment.

MSIA 680 COMPUTER FORENSICS Explores computer forensics encompassing a variety of legal and technical challenges. Provides hands-on and theoretical experience with technology, techniques and legal policy during investigation of computer components.

MSIA 682 NETWORK FORENSICS Examines forensic analysis of networks utilizing unique and sophisticated sets of tools, techniques and legal policies. Covers established concepts, methodology and tools to enhance performance of network forensics.

Specialization in Policy Management (12 Credit Hours)

In addition to the specific requirements of the Master of Science in Information Assurance degree, those students that complete four of five listed classes below will be eligible for the Master of Science in Information Assurance degree with a specialization in Information Assurance Policy Management. The same classes make up the curriculum for the GC in Information Assurance Policy Management.

MSIA 670 INFORMATION ENTERPRISE ASSURANCE Introduces the basic Information Assurance (IA) model; security of the database, the application and the system. Examines current security standards, best practices and auditing practices.

MSIA 672 MANAGING A SECURE ENTERPRISE Provides the knowledge of designing and managing a secure enterprise. Includes aspects of enterprise security, physical security, disaster-recovery planning, and business continuity planning.

MSIA 674 PLANNING/IMPLEMENTING ARCHITECTURE SECURITY Explores security policy development, implementation and standards compliance and testing on corporate systems, application and data. Examines target architectures: telecommunications and wireless enterprise corporate data network.

MSIA 678 RISK MANAGEMENT Prepares students to evaluate an organizations exposure to information technology security threats using rigorous policy and standards based analysis of the existing policy directives and the derived threat matrix.

MSIA 684 IT AUDITING Combines accounting, regulation and IT security practices to educate students to protect organizational assets through establishment of auditing best practices, current governmental reporting standards, Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and secure management techniques.

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National Security Agency

Regis University is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency.