Master of Science
Ethical Hacking and
230K+ Alumni Worldwide
The Master of Science in Cybersecurity provides managers and professionals with the knowledge and skills to ensure the security, confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, control, availability and utility of the world’s computing and information systems infrastructure. Core cybersecurity coursework supports the variety of backgrounds (both education and work experience) that students may bring to the program, while the specializations provide for study in particular domains of knowledge within the field.
The Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing specialization focuses on testing enterprise systems by probing network and information security components with simulated attacks. These exercises and simulations prepare professionals for: developing rules of engagement, preparing cybersecurity tool kits, discovering and exploiting system vulnerabilities, ethically conducting penetration tests, and preparing penetration test documentation. Red-Teaming practices and Red vs. Blue team exercises will be executed and assessed as an important part of the coursework.
All students who seek to enroll in the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program must interview with the appropriate faculty advisor prior to enrolling in the first course of the program.
Students earning the MS in Cybersecurity with an Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing specialization will learn to:
- Produce a pen test authorization and rules of engagement document
- Prepare and synthesize process specifications of Red Team actions against a Blue Team defense of a computer infrastructure
- Prepare and synthesize process specifications of a Blue Team defense used to protect a computer infrastructure from a Red Team attack
- Devise a mitigation plan against external and internal vulnerabilities of enterprise computer infrastructures and sensitive digital assets
- Integrate and communicate systems-level infrastructure thinking into cybersecurity problem identification and resolution
- Forecast the impact of advancing technology and national and international cybersecurity legislation on the practice of cybersecurity
- Conduct in-depth research and integrate the research of others into a report on specific cybersecurity topics
- Practice critical thinking in analyzing and synthesizing cybersecurity issues through both individual and team projects
- Integrate project-development skills in the production of a security system
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