Ivan F.

Master of Science
in Cybersecurity,
Cloud Security

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The specialization in Cloud Security prepares students to effectively secure cloud environments. The specialization focuses on risk management, secure cloud architecture, DevSecOps, and cloud computing assessments. Students learn to formulate risk management strategies, design secure cloud architectures, integrate security practices into DevOps, and conduct security assessments in cloud environments. Legal, regulatory, and compliance considerations are also covered. The program equips students with the knowledge and skills to address cloud security challenges, communicate security concepts, and implement continuous monitoring and improvement practices. Graduates are prepared to meet the increasing demand for cloud security professionals in various industries.

Degree Requirements

This specialization requires 18 graduate units at National University.

Program Requirements

  • 4 courses
  • 18 quarter units

Course Name

Prerequisite: CYB 607

An examination into the critical aspects of risk management in cloud computing environments. The curriculum addresses both theoretical and practical aspects of risk management in the cloud. Students will explore the challenges, methodologies, and best practices associated with managing risk when using cloud computing environments. Various frameworks and risk management for zero trust environments will be covered in this class.

Prerequisite: CYB 650

Explore secure cloud architecture design and implementation, covering principles of cloud security, zero trust architecture, and vulnerabilities in cloud service models. Learn to design secure architectures for cloud environments that offer comprehensive protection against threats.

Prerequisite: CYB 651

Learn DevSecOps principles and practices for secure and resilient applications. Emphasis on integrating security within the DevOps framework, emphasizing collaboration, automation, and continuous improvement.

Prerequisite: CYB 652

Explore methods and techniques for assessing security in cloud environments, focusing on unique challenges, evaluating security controls, and identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Formulate comprehensive risk management strategies using industry-standard frameworks, methodologies, and assessment techniques to secure cloud environments, in compliance with relevant legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements.
  • Construct a secure cloud architecture that addresses specific organizational security requirements, integrating data protection, access control, compliance, and secure migration strategies, while leveraging concepts of secure DevOps and continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) practices.
  • Develop security assessment findings in cloud environments, employing vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, and security audits, and devise strategies for continuous monitoring, reporting, and improvement of cloud security controls and practices.
  • Communicate complex zero trust security concepts and strategies effectively to a range of stakeholders, including executives, IT professionals, and end-users.
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