Complete OPSC-501 and OPSC-510
Explore Information Security (M.S.)
Take your cybersecurity expertise to the next level with the first advanced online information security degree designed for professionals involved in day-to-day system and network operations at mid-to-large sized enterprises. This unique program - focused on hands-on learning and real-world application - was developed in response to industry demand for a different kind of cybersecurity professional, one who is adept in both the strategic and tactical aspects of information security.
A National Leader in Cybersecurity
Champlain is a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity and digital forensics education and home of the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation & Cybersecurity. With a robust faculty of expert-practitioner instructors who have significant experience working for top organizations and are sought-after thought leaders in the field, we specialize in building agile cybersecurity and digital forensics programs that the meet mission-critical needs of today's businesses, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal governments.
Champlain has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security since 2006, and Champlain cybersecurity programs have been named best in the nation by SC Magazine. Champlain is also designated as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Air Force Office of Special Investigations - the fifth college in the nation to receive this distinction.
Build Your Career Future
Champlain's online master's in information security goes beyond a traditional cybersecurity master's degree to help students develop strategic thinking in the prevention of and response to cyber incidents, and the ability to examine incidents and responses contextually and systematically. Learn to identify risks, understand current attack vectors, protect enterprise networks, use multiple cloud and software applications fluently, and fill the gap between policy-driven information assurance and the technical "live by the runbook" model.
You'll emerge from the program with a strategic, integrated view of information security incorporating networks, systems, and human-oriented processes. You'll also gain essential soft skills, such as communication, critical thinking, and leadership, that are required in today's infosec professionals and will be key assets for future career advancement as technology changes.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction
Prepare For What's Next
As the threat of cyber attacks rises, organizations across all sectors are seeking strategic infosec experts to anticipate, mitigate, and thwart cybercrime at an operational level. With a valuable combination of technical acumen, subject matter expertise and critical soft-skills, graduates of Champlain's master's in information security program will be prepared to pursue advanced roles in the information security field.
Master's degrees are in high demand in the business world, and employment in master’s-level occupations is projected to grow by almost 17 percent from 2016 to 2026. A master's degree also pays off: the median salary for professionals with a master's degree is $72,800+. Additionally, computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028 - much faster than the average for all occupations.*
*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; job titles: cyberdegrees.org, 2019
Top Jobs for MS in Information Security Graduates
- Chief Infosec Officer
- Forensics Expert
- Incident Responder
- Security Administrator/Analyst
- Security Consultant
- Security Engineer
- Vulnerability Assessor
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online master's in information security program, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online infosec courses encompass the top skills needed by today's information security professionals. Complete 12 credits of required courses, and then choose from a concentration in Operations or Management.
Information Security Course Descriptions:
Understanding risk and identifying the threats organizations face are essential skills for today's information security professionals. In this course that introduces students to the graduate degree program, students learn to compute impact scores for vulnerabilities, classify data, and use Champlain College Online's virtual environment to explore how to use IOCs (Indicators of Compromise).
Security controls are used to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems and typically enterprise architectures are built using frameworks. Students move beyond defense in depth and breadth strategies and "learn by doing" in this course, working in the virtual environment with tools like Nmap, Open-AduIT, Splunk, and more.
Hands-on labs and assignments using Kali Linux, Metasploitable, Nessus and Armitage build on previously acquired knowledge of threat and vulnerability classification in this course that allows students to use the knowledge of a vulnerability to perform threat analysis. Vulnerability and patch management processes are also addressed.
Complete OPSC-501 and OPSC-510
It's not a question of if an incident will take place, but when. Organizations must assume they will suffer a breach, data loss or other security event that will impact operations. Students learn to prioritize events, develop and document an incident response plan, and identify the role of forensic investigations in incident response as well as use tools to perform USB and memory forensics exercises.
Deepen your understanding of Information Security Operations techniques with this focused area of expertise.
Courses required for Operations Concentration:
- OPSC 510 Game Theory
- OPSC 540 Security Scripting with Python
- OPSC 550 Security Testing
- OPSC 590 War Games Capstone
Choose Two Of The Following:
- OPSC 505 Security Intelligence & Automation
- OPSC 535 Security Regulations & Compliance Management
- OPSC 560 Malware Analysis
- OPSC 565 Cyber Warfare and Cyber Crime
Focus your expertise on the management of Information Security teams with this focused area of expertise.
Courses required for Management Concentration:
- MBA 506 Project Management
- MBA 512 Self As Values-Driven Leader
- OPSC 535 Security Regulations & Compliance Management
- MBA 540 Group Dynamics, Communication and Negotiation
- OPSC 591 IS Management Capstone
- OPSC 505 Security Intelligence And Automation
- OPSC 565 Cyber Warfare And Cyber Crime
In addition to developing advanced communication and analytical skills, and an agile, strategic mindset, graduates of the information security master's online program will demonstrate a mastery of the following industry-specific competencies:
- Develop system and data classification criteria based on both stated and innate levels of value and sensitivity.
- Evaluate systems and data resources using established criteria to prioritize their value and respond strategically.
- Assess attack strategies through the use of analysis techniques and recommend defenses to those attacks.
- Identify vulnerabilities within an enterprise system, and propose and implement effective remediation/response.
- Recommend strategies to improve existing network and system protection schemes based on observed attack patterns.
- Analyze common intrusion patterns to identify potential attack vectors and strategically enhance defenses.
- Protect systems through informed selection and application of exploits, based on known or observed vulnerabilities.
- Propose appropriate data sources and create methods of analysis to aid in tracking and detection attacks.
- Determine appropriate controls to detect suspicious behavior within systems and networks and provide recommendations to leadership.
- Angri IP Scanner
- Kali Linux
- Nash Equilibrium
Students will also be able to:
- Use Indicators of Compromise (IOCs)
- Evaluate threats using game theory principles
- Use honeypots and effective defenses against Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attacks
- Conduct port and network scans
- Perform USB and memory forensics exercises
- Attack MD5 hashes
- Perform web scraping, parse security logs, and break a cipher
- Configure firewalls and patch systems
- Understand how to exploit vulnerabilities
- Evaluate malware samples to determine infection vectors, identify strategies used, and recommend solutions to prevent and detect attacks
- Distinguish cyberwarfare from cybercrime, and nation-states from APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats)
In addition to the admission requirements for all graduate program applicants, our online master's of information security program has specific requirements that must be met.
Related Work Experience Requirement
We expect that applicants have a minimum of 2 years experience and current employment in a technology setting with opportunities for applying new concepts and skills acquired throughout the information security program. Applicants with limited work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Related Bachelor's Degree Requirement
Applicants to the master's in information security program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 2.5 GPA or equivalent. While a focus in information technology, computer science, cyber security or similar discipline is preferable, those who hold a bachelor's degree in another discipline, and are currently working in IT, or an IT-related field are encouraged to apply. However, some preparatory coursework may be required, which may include completion of an undergraduate professional certificate prior to enrolling in the program.
Champlain College Online's cyber security faculty are expert, led by Cybersecurity Program Chair Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our master's in information security curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s information security professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online Master's in Information Security program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and non-profits nationwide, including:
- American Systems
- Cisco Systems
- Dealertrack Technologies
- Department of Navy
- E&J Gallo Winery
- Internal Revenue Service
- Kova Corp
- PFI Tech
- Phillips Healthcare
- Red Hat, Inc.
- Naval Information Warfare Center
- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- Social Security Administration
- Sun National Bank
- TJX Companies, Inc.
- U.S. Air Force
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Acquisition Program Manager
- Cell Phone Forensics Examiner
- Cyber Threat Analyst
- Industry Solutions Architect
- Information System Security Officer
- Integration Data Center Technician
- Interoperability Developer
- IT Specialist
- Network Integrator
- Professional Security Engineer
- Security Analyst II
- Security Engineer
- Security Systems Specialist
- Senior Design Engineer
- Supervisory Information Technology Specialist
- Systems Administrator
- Technical Information Engineer IT System
- VPN Lead Network Security
Tuition & Costs
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Meet the Program Director
Kathleen HydeMCIS MBA
- Cybersecurity (Graduate Certificates)
- Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations (B.S., Certificates)
- Computer Information Systems (B.S.)
- Information Security Operations (M.S.)
- Management Information Systems (B.S.)
- Web Design & Development (A.S., B.S., Certificates)
Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, is the Chair of Cybersecurity Programs for Champlain College Online. She is responsible for the online cybersecurity and computer forensics and digital investigations undergraduate programs, as well as the M.S. in digital forensic science program.
As program director, Ms. Hyde maintains the cybersecurity and digital forensic programs' competitive and relevant edge, promotes the growth of the nation's cybersecurity workforce, and shares her passion for lifelong learning by teaching several online classes.
For more than 20 years, Ms. Hyde has provided consulting services in cybersecurity, data recovery, business continuity, and digital forensics to government, retail, finance, professional, and residential customers. She has also served as an instructor for Champlain's cybersecurity program and a subject-matter expert for course development for the past three years. Her areas of expertise and interest include insider threat detection, emerging threats and defenses, digital privacy and surveillance, and cybersecurity for educators.
Ms. Hyde holds both an MBA and an M.S. in Computer Information Studies from the University of Phoenix.
"I learned so many things that were outside - yet integral to - my professional environment. This gave me the opportunity to future-proof my career. I've seen changes in my career already, and I've been able to apply so much of what I learned at Champlain at work."
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