Applied Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (M.S.)

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The Master of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics program prepares professionals for the rapidly growing fields of cybersecurity, forensic, and information assurance leadership roles in business, law enforcement, military, government, and other organizations.

Courses are taught by experienced faculty using a hands-on, reality-based approach to education in which students apply what they learn in class to solve real-life problems. The curriculum is a balance of technology and management, and entails multiple aspects of cybersecurity, including cybersecurity management, information technology security threat assessment, vulnerability, and penetration testing, incident response, evidence gathering, electronic discovery, and policies and procedures to reduce cyber threats.
 

Please note that some programs designated as online require in-person coursework such as lab, classroom participation, or a thesis. As such, all courses will be offered fully online for the fall 2020 semester, however, some courses in subsequent semesters may require in-person attendance.

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics program prepares professionals for the rapidly growing fields of cybersecurity, forensic, and information assurance leadership roles in business, law enforcement, military, government, and other organizations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Science in Applied Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics are prepared to accept positions within the industry, such as:

  • Information security officer
  • Security manager
  • Security administrator
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Cyber security specialist
  • Computer forensic examiner
  • Forensic analyst
  • Vulnerability researcher/exploit developer

Students interested in this program must be admitted to Illinois Tech. Previous coursework or experience in technology is helpful but not required.

Program Objectives

Master of Science in Information Technology and Management Program Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of their studies, graduates of the Master of Science in Information Technology and Management should be able to:

  • Deliver optimal technical and policy technology solutions for the problems of business, industry, government, non-profit organizations, and individuals in each student’s particular area of focus.
  • Work with, lead, and manage teams in an enterprise environment to collaboratively arrive at optimal technology solutions.
  • Manage and deploy information resources applicable to each student’s particular area of focus in an enterprise setting.
  • Conduct and report on significant research in information technology and/or the management of information technology.

Illinois Institute of Technology has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the United States Department of Homeland Security.