Penn State's 33-credit online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security — Information Security and Forensics option includes core courses that build an understanding of the theories, skills, and technologies associated with network security, cyber threat defense and forensics, intelligence analysis, risk assessment, security policy development, and privacy protection and assurance.
The core curriculum for the information security and forensics option (ISF) includes the three required courses that unify the goals for all options in the iMPS-HLS program (HLS 801: Policies and Programs; HLS 803: Social and Ethical Issues; HLS 805: Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency).
In addition to a capstone project, IST 594, and 9 credits of electives, four prescribed courses for the ISF option are required:
- IST 454: Computer and Cyber Forensics – Fundamental issues and concepts of computer and cyber-crime
- IST 456: Information Security Management – Contemporary Security Issues
- IST 554: Network Management and Security – Networks and Internet technologies to facilitate, manage, and secure data communications and applications
- IST 815: Foundations of Information Security and Assurance – This course provides theoretical and applied foundations of information security and assurance
Learning Outcomes of the Program
- Understand theories and technologies associated with: cyber and network security; cyber threat defense and forensics; risk assessment, security policy development and intelligence analysis.
- Build your skills in: information security and assurance; security audit and compliance; emergency and security management across multiple venues.
Use the Course List to find course information, including course descriptions and prerequisites.
Use the Course Schedule to see courses listed with start and end periods, registration deadlines, and semesters offered, as well as a link to sample lessons and syllabus when available, by clicking on the six-digit schedule number.
Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Information Security and Forensics Option
|Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs||HLS 801||Foundation for understanding homeland security history, the development of homeland security policies and organizations, and current management approaches.||3 credits|
|Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues||HLS 803||This course will examine the social, political, legal, and ethical issues that arise in the context of homeland security.||3 credits|
|Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency||HLS 805||Provides an overview of the domestic and global issues related to homeland security.||3 credits|
|Computer and Cyber Forensics||IST 454||Fundamental issues and concepts of computer forensics; aspects of computer and cyber crime; methods to uncover, protect, exploit, and document digital evidence; tools, techniques, and procedures to perform computer and cyber crime investigation.||3 credits|
|Information Security Management||IST 456||Contemporary Security Issues; security management processes, architecture and models; risk analysis and management; security planning, analysis and safeguards; security policies development and administration; contingency planning, incidence handling and response; and security standards and certification processes.||3 credits|
|Network Management and Security||IST 554||Essential skills and knowledge for effectively utilizing networks and Internet technologies to facilitate, manage, and secure data communications and applications.||3 credits|
|Foundations of Information Security and Assurance||IST 815||This course provides theoretical and applied foundations of information security and assurance.||3 credits|
|Disaster Communication||CAS 553||This seminar provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of disaster communication across phases of a disaster.||3 credits|
|Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security||GEOG 571||The application of cultural geography in the intelligence analysis and synthesis process by identifying prominent threats to civil security.||3 credits|
|Disaster Psychology||HLS 558||Explores psychological impact of disasters and terrorist attacks on victims, families, rescuers, and society and methods of reducing negative effects.
Prerequisite: permission of the program
|Web Security and Privacy||IN SC 561||A web-centric look at the latest techniques and practices in computer security as they apply to the Internet.
Prerequisite: IST 815
|Network Security||IST 451||Fundamental issues and concepts of network security, network security technologies and protocols, and emerging technologies in network security.||3 credits|
|Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management||IST 564||This course examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk, and emergency management.||3 credits|
|Leadership in a Crisis Environment||IST 865||This course examines the leadership traits necessary to handle a crisis, disaster, or emergency.||3 credits|
|Topics in Visual Analytics for Security Intelligence||IST 868||Introduces visual analytic techniques for security informatics and intelligence. Survey technical approaches for data analysis, threats and vulnerability, communicating risk.
Prerequisites: IST 816 or IST 554
|Introduction to Multisensor Data Fusion||IST 885||Understanding the concepts, techniques, and issues surrounding the fusion of information from multiple sensors and sources of data.||3 credits|
|Research Paper or Project||IST 594||In this project all students in the program are required to focus on a well-defined issue or problem relevant to information sciences and technology. Each student will submit a project proposal to his/her faculty adviser for approval.
Note: IST 594 must be scheduled over the final two semesters in a 2-credit/1-credit consecutive sequence for a total of 3 credits.