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Information Security Education for the Professional
Cyber threats and cybersecurity are increasingly critical areas of focus for the U.S. government, with the Department of Homeland Security serving as the coordinating agency. If you are a computer and information systems specialist looking to advance your career, or to move into the government or private sector supporting government initiatives, you may want to consider Penn State's Information Security and Forensics option in the online intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security. As a graduate of the program, you can build your understanding of the theories, skills, and technologies associated with:
- information security and assurance
- cyber and network security
- cyber threat defense and forensics
- intelligence analysis
- risk assessment, mitigations, and resiliencies
- security policy development
- privacy protection and assurance
- security audit and compliance
- emergency and security management across multiple venues
Why Penn State for Your Information Security Education
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Penn State as a "National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education." The designation demonstrates Penn State's commitment to academic excellence in information security and assurance education. Students attending Penn State may be eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.
Penn State offers an online Information Systems Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate. Credits earned in the certificate may be applied toward the Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security — Information Security and Forensics option. Please consult with an academic adviser.
Homeland Security Video
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Who Should Apply?
The Information Security and Forensics option is open to candidates who hold a bachelor's degree in a technical or scientific discipline, including applied mathematics, computer information systems, computer science, information sciences, engineering, information systems, statistics, or related fields. Students with sufficient background gained through work experience or professional training in information technologies, such as networks, web services, and database development, will be considered for admission to the program.
Career Opportunities for Graduates
This option prepares graduates to work in areas such as information assurance engineering, catastrophe risk management and analysis, computer systems security analysis, information security/digital forensics, intelligence analysis, and systems integration and networks.
Information for Military and Veterans
Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.
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