Department of Computer Science & Information Systems
 

Online Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA)



The Online Masters of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance (MS-CSIA) program at Southern Utah University focuses on providing you with the knowledge you need to break into a competitive field. Our program provides state-of-the-art education into the world of design, planning, and management of cyber systems, as well as the procedures for protecting cyber systems and infrastructure from external threats, including terrorism.

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Why Study Cyber Security at SUU?

The CSIA degree can be completed in 3 semesters (one year). Its core curriculum is designed to focus exclusively on cybersecurity, which provides you with the depth of knowledge and formal training that is ever more vital to employers across the professional cybersecurity landscape.

We offer two emphases: 

Cyber Operations 

The Cyber Operations Curriculum is a total of 33 Credits that includes:

  • Core Requirements (15 Credits); 
  • Emphasis Courses (12 Credits); and 
  • 6 Credits (Capstone Experience or Thesis or take any 2 additional courses from either emphasis).

Information Assurance 

The Information Assurance Curriculum is a total of 33 Credits that includes:

  • Core Requirements (15 Credits); 
  • Emphasis Courses (12 Credits); and 
  • 6 Credits (Capstone Experience or Thesis or take any 2 additional courses from either emphasis).

You will have opportunities to apply for tuition waivers and scholarships. As a CSIA student, you also have an opportunity to apply for travel funds for conferences.

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Southern Utah University is designated as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), for the path of Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Cybersecurity emphasis. We work to provide rigorous cyber security education in order to improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the workforce in cyber security.

If you're reading this, there's a good chance you have given some thought to pursuing a career in cyber security! If so, it's understandable. This year, Cyber Security Ventures predicted there will be 3.5 million cyber security job openings by 2021.

Cybercrime is on the rise, and there is a serious shortage of people to combat it. Damages from cybercrime are expected to exceed $6 billion by 2021. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that there just aren't enough people working to counter cyber criminals; in fact, the shortage of qualified cyber security personnel is getting worse every year.

In 2017 the U.S. employed nearly 780,000 people in cybersecurity positions, with approximately 350,000 current cyber security openings, according to CyberSeek, a project supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

You will learn how to identify solutions to global cyber threats while mastering the legal, ethical, and policy issues. As a graduate of Southern Utah University’s program, you will be trained for careers in:

  • digital forensics
  • cyber investigations
  • security policy development and compliance
  • data management systems security
  • data security analysis
  • risk management 
  • network security

There are all sorts of jobs in the cyber security field. Common job titles in the GRC/Information Assurance side include:

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Senior Director of Information Security Analysis
  • Director of Information Security Analysis
  • Contractor Program Security Officer
  • Business Process and Security Analyst
  • Director of Cyber Security
  • Security Operations Analyst
  • Risk Management Analyst
  • Security Auditor
  • Computer Systems Security Analyst
  • Information Security Specialist