Master of Science in Information Assurance
The Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) prepares graduates to protect an organization's information assets. It educates graduates in advanced technology, security and implementation issues. Both the National Security Agency and The Department of Homeland Security have designated DSU as a national center of excellence in information assurance education. Available online or on campus. Specializations include Banking and Financial Security and CyberSecurity.
According to the National Security Agency definition, information assurance involves protecting and defending information and information systems by "ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and no repudiation." As the world's dependence upon computers and networks continues to grow, its vulnerability to cyber attacks increases. Yet, there is an acute shortage of properly prepared security professionals who can meet the needs of organizations and governments to understand, prepare for, respond to, and recover from cyber attacks at all levels. The federal government has reported that 1,000's of jobs in the computer/network security area go unfilled every year and the unmet demand continues to grow.
The Master of Science in Information Assurance and Computer Security (MSIA) Degree is designed to prepare professionals who will have the skills to:
- Develop and implement security strategies to improve the security posture of organizations
- Provide technical leadership for the organization's efforts to adopt new technologies, implement security strategies, and protect organizational assets against attack.