The general mission of the Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) program is to provide students with advanced knowledge that provides a clear picture of how the functions of information assurance work together to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and network-centric services and information. The primary goal of the MSIA Program is to provide in-depth instruction on new security ideas, concepts, and techniques to prevent, protect, and react to malicious intrusion and to secure information assets.
Graduates will be able to effectively communicate their ideas in both written and oral form understanding that communication is a cooperative process.
Graduates will be able analyze situations and successfully determine cause and effect.
Graduates will know how to use contemporary research tools as well as more traditional methods to locate and analyze information and develop knowledge.
Graduates will be able to format and present information of various kinds (both technical and non-technical) and deliver that information in a manner most appropriate to the message and the audience.
Graduates will have an understanding of the difference between theory and practice and how to extract from theory and extend its application to real-world situations.
Liberal Arts Objective
Graduates will recognize that a broad knowledge base is critical to their ability to fully contribute to their professions and communities.
Ethical and Social Objective
Graduates will have an understanding of ethical principles necessary for those entrusted with knowledge of tools and techniques that ensure the security of organizational information.
Graduates will have an understanding of the possible social, economic, cultural and environmental impact of their decisions in a global and social context.
Lifelong Learning Objective
Graduates will recognize that lifelong learning is essential to ongoing process of professional and personal development.
Upon graduation, students will be able to:
demonstrate proficiency in network systems security and will demonstrate an understanding of the current and future trends in information assurance
understand the laws, regulations, and customary expectations as they relate to information system and network security, individually identifiable information, and related privacy concerns
demonstrate an understanding of threats that can impact system or network confidentiality, integrity or availability and learn how to analyze networks to discover the existence of identified vulnerabilities
demonstrate proficiency in mitigating these same threats