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Master of Professional Studies in
Homeland Security – Cyber Threat Analytics and Prevention Option

Courses

The Cyber Threat Analytics and Prevention (CTAP) option within the 33-credit online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security program may help students acquire a broad base of knowledge relevant to the current policies and programs of the homeland and cybersecurity administration. The courses in the option help students focus on preventing cyberattacks and understanding cyber laws, as well as addressing network vulnerabilities, system threats, and cyber terrorism.

All students are required to complete the HLS Orientation (non-credit) as part of the HLS core curriculum before the end of their first semester. This orientation provides an overview of the HLS program and the field of homeland security.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Foundation for understanding homeland security history, the development of homeland security policies and organizations, and current management approaches.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will examine the social, political, legal, and ethical issues that arise in the context of homeland security.

  • 3
    credits

    Provides an overview of the domestic and global issues related to homeland security.

Cyber Threat Analytics and Prevention Option Prescribed Courses (select 12 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Practical benefits of data mining will be presented; data warehousing, data cubes, and underlying algorithms used by data mining software.

  • 3
    credits

    A web-centric look at the latest techniques and practices in computer security as they apply to the internet.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will investigate the evolution of information systems architecture.

    • 3
      credits

      This course will employ several methods and measures from the area of social network analysis to study the interrelatedness of cyber-social and cyber-technical aspects of an organization or the society as a whole to detect and capture the dynamic patterns of group membership and structure. This type of analysis can be useful in uncovering potential threats and attacks and predicting criminal behavior and evolution of criminal networks.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      This course will study the inter-relatedness of cyber-social and cyber-technical aspects of an organization or society as a whole.

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk, and emergency management.

Electives (select 9 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    This course focuses on the tools and techniques required for collecting data and preparing them for further analysis.

    • Prerequisite

      STAT 500 or Program Permission

  • 3
    credits

    Examination of large-scale data storage technologies, including NoSQL database systems for looser structured data, and data warehouses for dimensional data.

    • Prerequisite

      INSC 521 or program permission

  • 3
    credits

    This course provides a foundation in the principles, concepts, techniques, and tools for visualizing large data sets.

  • 3
    credits

    The application of cultural geography in the intelligence analysis and synthesis process by identifying prominent threats to civil security.

  • 3
    credits

    This course assesses the controlling authorities that pertain to homeland security, from the U.S. Constitution to major federal statutes, court decisions, and executive directives.

  • 3
    credits

    Fundamental issues and concepts of computer forensics; aspects of computer and cybercrime; methods to uncover, protect, exploit, and document digital evidence; tools, techniques, and procedures to perform computer and cybercrime investigation.

  • 3
    credits

    Essential skills and knowledge for effectively utilizing networks and internet technologies to facilitate, manage, and secure data communications and applications.

  • 3
    credits

    This course provides theoretical and applied foundations of fundamentals of network security, data sources, data collection techniques and tools, cybersecurity analytics infrastructure, machine learning and data mining, network forensics, anomaly and malware detection, security data visualization, and security dashboard design and implementation.

  • 3
    credits

    Analysis of political terrorism as a violent alternative for peaceful change and traditional warfare in the nuclear age.

  • 3
    credits

    Investigates the role economic, political, and social factors play in determining patterns of international and domestic terrorism and terrorist activity.

Capstone Experience (3 credits) 

  • 3
    credits

    Master Research Paper/Project - Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis. For example, application of homeland security studies in the form of a graduate-level project relating to emerging cyber threats; analytical tools and methods; and security, prevention, and protection.

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