Information Security Master's Degrees: MSISE

Information Security Master's Degrees:

The Master of Science Degree in Information Security Engineering

This MSISE program will prepare students to head teams of technologists who are responsible for information security assessments, architectures, operations, monitoring, auditing, and lead information security programs. Graduates will be qualified to seek positions such as technical director for information security, senior security analyst, senior security administrator, information systems security manager, information systems security officer, information security manager, and chief information security officer. The program focuses primarily on the technical and problem-solving skills associated with security implementation, but adds instruction on project management and effective communications to help graduates prepare to take responsibility for the work of other technologists. All of the courses below except the electives include writing assignments called GIAC Gold or Written Assignment. More information about GIAC Gold can be found at http://www.giac.org/gold/

MSISE Core, mandatory courses

Previous Mandatory Course: 1.3 March 1, 2007 - August 9, 2007
Previous Mandatory Course: 1.2 October 4, 2006 - February 28, 2007
Previous Mandatory Course: 1.1 March 20, 2006 - October 3, 2006
Previous Mandatory Course: 1.0 December 2005 - March 19, 2006

Course Descriptions: Conference course descriptions are available at http://www.sans.org/training/courses.php. If students wish to take some courses in other than a conference setting, they should hover the mouse over "Training" on that same website, then click on the preferred method of course delivery such as OnDemand, SelfStudy, Mentor, or @Home. It will describe those other methods of course delivery.

Course Credits
SEC 401: Security Essentials, GIAC GSEC Gold 4
MGT 524: Security Policy and Awareness, GIAC Gold or Written Assignment 2
SEC 503: Intrusion Detection in Depth, GIAC GCIA Gold 4
SEC 504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling, GIAC GCIH Gold 4
MGT 525: Project Management and Effective Communications for Security Professionals and Managers, Gold or Written Assignment 3 (or 4)
— Optional until GIAC project management certification becomes available: Project Management Institute Certification - an additional credit hour
— Mandatory when GIAC project management certification becomes available: GIAC Certification or Project Management Institute Certification - an additional credit hour
MGT 421: Leadership and Management Competencies, GIAC Gold or Written Assignment 1
SEC: Software Security Training - includes material from SEC 519 Web Application Security Workshop; GIAC GWAS; expanded material; additional reading component with exam; hands-on skills demonstration component 3
COMMUNITY PROJECT REQUIREMENTS must be completed. See www.sans.edu/programs/community.php 3

TWO ELECTIVES at Silver Level (no papers required):

At least one must be SEC 500/600 level, GIAC Silver (with SEC 508 System Forensics, GIAC GCFA Silver, strongly recommended).

Choose the other elective from the following:

  • Another major SEC500/600 level, GIAC Silver; or
  • AUD 507 Auditing Networks, Perimeters, and Systems, GIAC GSNA Silver
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Total Credit Hours: 30 (or 31)