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 program produces through the GIAC Gold program or the Writing Assignments for all courses, the community project requirements training includes teamwork and oral presentation practice. More information about GIAC Gold can be found at http://www.giac.org/gold

MSISM Core, mandatory courses

Version 1.4 August 10, 2007

Previous Mandatory Course: 1.3 February 29, 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 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™, GIAC GSLC Gold 3
SEC: Software Security Training. It includes the material from SEC 519 Web Application Security Workshop; GIAC GWAS; plus expanded material; an additional reading component with exam; and a research and writing component 3
SEC 504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling, GIAC GCIH Gold 4
MGT 524: Security Policy and Awareness, GIAC Gold or Written Assignment 2
MGT 421: SANS Leadership and Management Competencies, GIAC Gold or Written Assignment 1
MGT 525 Project Management and Effective Communications for Security Professionals and Managers, GIAC Gold or Written Assignment
Project Management Institute Certification must be completed before grade is awarded
When the GIAC project management certification is available, it may be substituted in place of the Project Management Institute Certification.
4
LEG 523: Legal Issues in Information Technology & Information Security, GIAC Gold or Written Assignment 3
AUD 411: SANS 17799 Security & Audit Framework, GIAC G7799 Gold 4
AUDIT Requirement: one of Audit 410 IT Security Audit & Control Essentials, GIAC GSAE Gold; Audit 507 Auditing Networks, Perimeters, & Systems, GIAC GSNA Gold; or successful completion of CISA exam and the Written Assignment 4
Community Project Requirements must be completed. See www.sans.edu/programs/community.php 3
Total: 31 credit hours