Master of Science in Information Assurance
Gain progressive skills to protect crucial data from hackers and viruses with an Information Assurance certification offered online, on campus, or a blend of both at Regis University. Your abilities will make a positive impact in an increasingly technology-focused world.
Obtaining a master’s degree in addition to industry certifications puts you ahead of the competition. Employers value the unique expertise a master’s level education provides for protecting the confidentiality, security, integrity and availability of data whether it is in storage, processing, or transit. Choose from two specializations geared for specific career tracks in cybersecurity and IA policy management. Both curriculums prepare you with transformative expertise for long-term career success, helping you grow with the constant evolution of computer security and the risks that threaten it.
Prepare for Leading Industry Certifications
Upon graduating, students have the foundational skills and knowledge to sit for in-demand professional certifications. Additionally, a master’s degree will waive one year of work experience depicted in the eligibility requirements for the CISSP exam. Even with the solid understanding of the concepts you gain from your master’s degree, we still recommend you still study for industry exams outlined below:
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
- Cisco Certified Network Professional Security (CCNP)
- Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
- Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Obtain and Maintain Industry Certifications
If you already have an industry certification or are considering one, keeping your certification current often requires maintenance. Master’s classes will often count for certain classifications of the CPE requirements. Additionally, Regis alumni gain the benefit of auditing classes in the IA program for only $150. In addition to having access to current and relevant training and education, these courses may count toward your required CPE credits. Check with the certification body to confirm that the classes available for audit will qualify for CPE credit.
Study the fundamentals for securing entire data networks with specific courses on database security, risk analysis and policy, and computer and network forensics. This specialization will provide you with hands-on experience and time in our up-to-date labs.
Learn how to plan for physical security breaches, disaster recovery, implementation of enterprise and architecture security systems, risk management, and auditing best practices. Through this specialization you will study the governance side of information assurance.
Center of Academic Excellence
Regis University is a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the gold standard of educational instruction for computer and network security. Our flexible courses are offered on campus, online, or a combination of both, and modeled on the curricular guidelines and recommendations provided by:
- The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) 4000 training standards
- The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 Eight Domains of Knowledge
- Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
- National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
Evolving technology means that information assurance and cybersecurity are a constant challenge for both our government and private industry. There is an ever-increasing need for information assurance professionals who can keep up with the latest strategies and techniques in the field. By protecting national security with the Department of Defense (DoD), National Security Agency (NSA), Army, Navy, Air Force, and more, or defending private industry, you can be an important force in changing the world for the better.
There is no better time to pursue a career in information assurance that is both challenging and fulfilling. With a wide range of career paths and plenty of opportunities for advancement, you will find that a career in information assurance can be very rewarding – both personally and financially.
Your Master’s Degree in Information Assurance will prepare you to excel in:
- Information Security – There’s a greater need than ever before to keep confidential and personal information safe from cyber-attacks. A few of the professions graduates may pursue in information security include information security analysts, computer and information systems manager, and IT security consultants.
- Business Continuity – In the business continuity career path, you will learn how to identify information security threats and minimize risks related to transferring and processing data. Graduates of this in-demand career path are sought after by both the CIA and Department of Defense. Someone in this industry could be employed as a National Security Agency information assurance and business continuity professional, an information cybersecurity professional, or an information assurance engineer.
- Strategic Risk Management – A risk management employee’s job is to analyze a company’s business operations and analyze its risks. These risks may be related to company assets, operations, financials, or technology. Someone in this career path may work as an information risk manager.
- Corporate Governance – Within a corporation, corporate governance structures identify the distribution of rights and responsibilities. Issues that information assurance practitioners may consider when it comes to corporate governance includes privacy issues, auditing, and disaster recovery.
- Information Privacy – Information privacy assessments need to be conducted regularly to analyze the impact of any new or significantly revised systems that relate to keeping or maintaining electronic records. Someone in this profession may be employed as a data privacy expert.
- Regulatory and Standards Compliance – An information assurance professional in this field mitigates online risk by managing and identifying data and information security vulnerabilities to ensure regulatory compliance. Someone in this field of study may become a data security strategist or information technology project manager.
- Auditing – Information assurance auditing assignments range from financial or operation auditing assignments to an IS systems audit. Someone in this specialty may pursue a career as an information security auditor.
- Disaster Recovery – A disaster recovery professional is responsible for preparing for cybercrime and recovering critical information technology. They will create recovery strategies, conduct risk assessments, prepare inventories, and implement a recovery plan in the event of a disaster. Someone in disaster recovery may work as an IT security consultant or security analyst.
Why Regis University
Whether you take classes online, on campus, or a combination of both, you’ll learn from the same distinguished Regis University faculty. Courses use hands-on training to teach essential elements of the information assurance field and prepare you to make positive contributions to the vital task of keeping data safe.
Request more information online or call us at 877-820-0581 to speak to an admission counselor. You may also visit our resource center to gain more insight on the information assurance industry.