Cybersecurity

Program Description

The M.S. in Cybersecurity program curriculum is aimed at professionals with a background in business management, information technology, computer science, or criminal justice. This multidisciplinary curriculum is designed for busy adult learners and draws courses from our information technology leadership, computer information science, and economic crime forensics programs. The curriculum is intended to create a better understanding of:

  •     Information security policies and procedures
  •     Computer crimes and related legislation
  •     Investigative practices and procedures
  •     Corporate ethics and compliance

The program is offered in a totally online format. It follows the traditional academic calendar of a fall and spring semester and a shorter summer semester. The fall and spring semesters are divided into two 8 week terms.  A full-time graduate student carries a minimum of 6 semester credit hours. Some courses may require more hours per week in some areas of instruction. All courses are online and 3 credits in the length. The courses will meet both synchronously (optional) and asynchronously. Students are required to participate in chat sessions and/or discussion boards, which will take the place of classroom meetings.  Synchronous sessions will be recorded for students who are not able to attend the actual session.  Students who are not able to attend the synchronous sessions will be asked to complete a short assignment related to the recorded session. Depending on their personal schedules, students may elect to take courses every term or wait for the next term to continue studies.  Courses in the summer are also 8 weeks in length.  If a student decides to take two courses during the summer session, they will overlap in the time frame.

 

 

Mission

The graduate program in M.S. Cybersecurity educates students in theoretical and practical knowledge of cybersecurity.  The program develops competencies in cybersecurity management as well as breach detection, mitigation and prevention.  The faculty and students develop and maintain relationships with industry practitioners to encourage excellence and provide attention to ethical principles and changes related to cybersecurity.

Program Goals

  • Prepare students to explain Internet infrastructure and enterprise network connections.
  • Prepare student to assess organizational security policies, plans and procedures and implementations.
  • Prepare students to identify and assess legislation related to cybersecurity.
  • Prepare students to enter specialized careers in cybersecurity..

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Explain Internet structures, enterprise network structures, and consulting services related to network infrastructures
  • Identify and analyze federal global legislation related to security and data threats.
  • Differentiate between cybercrime, cyber espionage, and cyberwar.
  • Analyze plans to protect personal, corporate and national infrastructures.
  • Formulate plans for securing and analyzing digital forensic data

Program Specific Information

CYB 880 Capstone

Students culminate their learning with a capstone project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Some students partner with an external company or work on a project associated with their employer as a project deliverable for that company.

 

Five-Year Bachelor's in Computer Science/Information Technology to Master's in Cybersecurity

Students may earn both a B.S./B.A. in Computer Science or B.S. in Information Technology and a M.S. in Cybersecurity by participating in the University’s Five-Year Program. Students would satisfy the undergraduate computer science or information technology major requirements during their first four years at the University, earning a minimum of 120 credits. Three undergraduate courses (9 credits) may be applied to the graduate credits if the student maintains at least a GPA of 3.0 and the undergraduate course grade was B or better. Students complete the remaining 8 graduate courses (24 credits) when they enter the M.S. in Cybersecurity program.

Academic Requirements

Students are required to complete 10 courses (30 credits) for this program.  The final course is a capstone. 

  • CYB 540 - Network Theory
  • CYB 604 - The Computer and Internet Fraud
  • CYB 628 - Cybercrime, Cyber Warfare, Cyber Espionage
  • CYB 665 - Digital Computer Forensics
  • CYB 668 - Computer and Network Security

Students select a series of 5 courses from Group 1 or Group 2

Group 1

CIS 615  Project Management

CYB 644 Information Technology

CYB 612 Ethics Issues and Gov Reg

CYB 652 Leadership Eval and Assessment

CIS 619 Crisis Mgt and Business Continuity

Group 2

CIS 523 Database Mgt

CIS 658 Data Mining

CIS 633 Data Analysis w R (CIS 675)

CIS 654 Artificial Intelligence

ANA 615 Statistical Analysis

 

Students select course

  • CYB 880 - Cybersecurity Capstone

Course Sequence

Tentative Schedule

     

Fall 1

CYB 540

CYB 628

Spring 1

CYB 604

CYB 665

 

Summer 1

CYB 668

Group 1 or Group 2 Course

Fall 2

Group 1 or Group 2 Course

Group 1 or Group 2 Course

 

Spring 2

Group 1 or Group 2 Course

Group 1 or Group 2 Course

Summer 2

Group 1 or Group 2 Course

CYB 880 

Degree or Certificate Earned

M.S.

Number of Courses Required for Program Completion

11

Number of Credits Required for Program Completion

33

GPA Required for Program Completion

3.0

Program Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the Cybersecurity  program, please contact:

gradcis@lasalle.edu

Staff Contact Information

Margaret McCoey

Program Director

Holroyd 129

mccoey@lasalle.edu

(215) 951-1136

Faculty

Program Director: Margaret McCoey, M.S.
Associate Professors: Blum, Redmond, Wang
Assistant Professors: McCoey
Lecturers: Casey, Cerenzio, Crossen, Hilkowitz, McGinley, Monaghan, Smith, Walters

Course Descriptions

CIS 619 - Crisis Management and Business Continuity

This course explores the area of Risk Management with particular emphasis on
Business Continuity Management. Risk Management involves assessing threats
which may lead to disastrous events, evaluating control alternatives and
implementing solutions. Potential threats include terrorist, criminal, industrial,
natural, technological, environmental, economic and political. Practical solutions
to enable an organization to protect assets, mitigate risk, manage crisis and
recover after a disaster will be discussed. The role of business and government
will be explored, as well as professional practices, standards and strategies. The
course is designed to expose the student to all aspects of a holistic Business
Continuity & Crisis Management program and to determine the most appropriate
requirements.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Online

CIS 633 - Data Analysis with R

This course will require students to learn the R programming language and assess how to use it and find interesting features in data. Students will learn about R and statistical best practices and how to display data in a manner that will help you explain your findings to those who do not have a technical background. Moreover, the course introduces students to modeling and simulation. Topics may include basic queueing theory, the role of random numbers in simulations, and the identification of input probability distributions.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Online

CIS 654 - Artificial Intelligence

This course introduces students to the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Students will learn
how big data and data mining techniques are utilized by machines to create the AI
models used by autonomous aircraft and automobiles, personal assistants, IT security
software, fraud investigations and credit bureaus. The course will review the history,
present day use, and future of artificial intelligence. Through case studies and current
events, students will examine the benefits and risks associated with AI. The course will
cover issues related to AI and privacy, ethics, and machine bias. Neuromorphic
computing, the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), and data analytics will also be
discussed.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Online

CYB 540 - Network Theory

Lecture/theory course considers the current methods, practices, and standards used to enable communication on computer and voice networks. This includes a study of the physical layers, architectural layers, design, operation, management, and ISO standards, with particular and telephony technologies. Both local and wide area networks are examined.

Number of Credits: 3

CYB 604 - The Computer and Internet Fraud

Computers have made organizations easier to run. All accounting information, inventory records, customer data, and intellectual property that an organization possesses is contained somewhere in an electronic file. As such, these electronic files are vulnerable to attacks from both employees and outsiders from around the world. This course will provide the student with an understanding of how computer fraud and manipulation is accomplished and what security measures should be instituted to prevent it.

Number of Credits: 3

CYB 612 - Ethics, Issues, and Government Regulations

This course considers privacy both on- and off-line; legal background of intellectual property and e-mail; ethics and codes of ethics; effects of computers on work and society; and responsibilities and risks of computing, including topics such as accuracy of information, e-waste, and multitasking. This course includes an examination of government policies and regulations related to data security and information assurance.

Number of Credits: 3

CYB 628 - Cybercrime, Cyber Warfare and Cyber Espionage

This course introduces students to the differences between cybercrime, cyber espionage, and cyber warfare by discussing the relationship of cyber intrusions and cybersecurity to nations, businesses, society, and people. Students will use case studies to analyze the threats, vulnerabilities and risks present in these environments, and develop strategies to reduce the breaches and mitigate the damages.

Number of Credits: 3

CYB 644 - Information Security

This course explores all aspects of computing and communications security, including policy, authentication, authorization, administration, and business resumption planning. It examines key security technologies, such as encryption, firewalls, public-key infrastructures, smart cards, and related technologies that support the development of an overall security architecture. Coursework includes plans for developing and implementing a technology security strategy focused on business needs.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: CIS 540

CYB 648 - Secure Software Development

This course will provide an overview of current software development methodologies and examine strategies to integrate security into all phases of the lifecycle. By examining current software vulnerabilities, students will develop secure coding guidelines, and strategies for static code analysis; they will create secure testing plans to mitigate security failures.  The course will examine language specific vulnerabilities, input validation and threat modeling.

Number of Credits: 3

CYB 652 - Leadership Assessment and Evaluation

This experiential course emphasizes the importance of feedback and self- assessment for leadership development. It includes extensive assessment of each participant’s management style and skills based on self-evaluations (using structured questionnaires) and feedback from coworkers, faculty, and other participants. Leadership development experiences emphasize time and stress management, individual and group problem-solving, communication, power and influence, motivation, conflict management, empowerment, and team leadership. Each participant identifies skills he or she needs to develop and reports on efforts to develop those skills.

Number of Credits: 3

CYB 665 - Computer Digital Forensics

This course examines techniques used to conduct computer crime investigations and gather probative evidence to secure a conviction under state and federal laws. Students will simulate a computer forensic investigation: developing an investigation plan, securing the crime scene, analyzing evidence, preparing the case for court, and testifying in a moot court situation.

Number of Credits: 3

CYB 668 - Computer and Network Security

Students will study and implement basic computer and network security strategies on Window and Linux networks. Students examine and analyze network traffic, including investigating wireless transmission, install firewalls and define Internet Protocol Security Controls (IPSEC). Labs include system hardening, dissecting network packet structure and creating encryption formats; managing authentication and access controls. Students study implementing a public key infrastructure and best strategies for using intrusion detection systems.

Number of Credits: 3

CYB 880 - Integrative Capstone

The capstone project is an opportunity to pursue an independent learning experience focused on a specific aspect of economic crime forensics based on the student interest. The capstone is intended to extend students beyond the coursework and cases to apply knowledge in ways that are relevant to their professional goals. Students will work on a research project or in an experiential learning environment. Each student will be required to present his/her capstone both as an oral presentation and a summary written document.

Number of Credits: 3