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 move into the government or private sector supporting government initiatives, you may want to consider Penn State's online intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security - Information Security and Forensics option, offered in partnership with the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology. 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 Cyber Defense. The designation demonstrates Penn State's commitment to academic excellence in information security and assurance education.
Penn State offers an online Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity program. Credits earned in the certificate may be applied toward the Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security – Information Security and Forensics option.
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.