Information Security Master's Degrees: MSISM

Information Security Master's Degrees:

The Master of Science Degree in Information Security Management

The MSISM (Management) Program is designed to help a candidate become the highest-ranking management employee in an IT Security organization. In the government this is often called the Designated Approving Authority, or Information Assurance Manager (IAM). In the industry, titles such as Chief Security Officer or Chief Information Security Officer are often used. In addition to the strong writing skills the GIAC Gold program produces through the writing assignments for all courses, the community project requirements training includes teamwork and oral presentation practice.

MSISM Core, mandatory courses

Version 1.2

Previous Mandatory Course: 1.1
Previous Mandatory Course: 1.0

Course Descriptions: Conference course descriptions are available at www.sans.org/training/courses.php. If students wish to take some courses in other than a conference setting, they should click on "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
MGT 512: SANS Security Leadership Essentials For Managers with Knowledge Compression™, GSLC Gold 3
OPR 407: Windows and Linux Service and Operations, GOEC Gold 3
SEC 504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling, GCIH Gold 4
MGT 524: Security Policy and Awareness, Gold 2
MGT 421: Leadership and Management Competencies, Gold 1
MGT 525 Project Management and Effective Communications for Security Professionals and Managers, Gold
Project Management Institute Certification must be completed before grade is awarded
4
LEG 523: Legal Issues in IT and ITSEC, Gold 3
AUD 411: SANS 17799 Security & Audit Framework, G7799 Gold 4
AUDIT Requirement: one of Audit 410 IT Security Audit & Control Essentials, GSAE Gold; Audit 507 Auditing Networks, Perimeters, & Systems, GSNA Gold; or successful completion of CISA exam 4
Community Project Requirements must be completed. See www.sans.edu/programs/community.php 3
Total: 31 credit hours