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Information Security Online Master’s Degree Program

Format

100% Online

24/7 Access to Coursework

Semester Schedule

Two 8-Week Terms Per Semester

Three Semesters Per Year

Credit Hours Required

30-33*

Time Commitment

15-20 hours per course per week**

*See Admission Requirements For More Information **Part-time and full-time enrollment options available Cost

Cost per Credit

$795

$398 Active Duty Military

Fees

Fast & Free Application

$150 Graduation Fee

Apply By

Dec. 11, 2020

Classes Start

Jan. 11, 2021

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Explore Information Security

Take your cybersecurity expertise to the next level with the first advanced online information security graduate program designed for professionals involved in day-to-day system and network operations at mid-to-large sized enterprises. This unique master's in information security degree - 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

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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.

Fast Start Formula Career Offerings

Increasing your career mobility is at the center of everything we do. As an online master's degree student, you get free access to the Fast Start Formula Career Course for getting noticed and getting hired, taught by Jen Morris, a leading executive career coach that partners with us to support our students in their job search journeys. This online course is self-paced and full of tips and tricks to land a job you'll love. Jen also hosts live webinars to answer specific questions, share additional insights, and does live "hot seat" coaching.

Academic Excellence and Recognition

New England Commission of Higher Education Logo

Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

US News & World Report Best Online Programs Bachelor's Badge 2020

Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report

Military Friendly School Badge

Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community

Ranked amount the best online colleges by Intelligent.com

Named the Best Private Online College by Intelligent.com

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
Cyber security professionals collaborating in computer lab

Program Details

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 12-15 credits of required courses, and then choose from a concentration in Operations or Management. 

Required Courses (12-15 Credits)

Then Choose From The Following: Operations Track or Management Track (15 Credits)

 

* OPSC 500 may be waived as a requirement for those with a background, professional or academic, in IT and specifically in cybersecurity. Course waiver will be discussed upon evaluation of admission materials such as resume, professional certifications, college transcript, etc.

** Operations Track students may select one, but not both, of these courses. 

Information Security Course Descriptions:

Required Courses

Students will develop an understanding of the components of information systems and their relationships by acquiring knowledge on a variety of foundational information technology and security topics, including computing hardware, operating systems, and applications and their development. Different types of networks, topologies, and protocols are covered in an accelerated fashion to prepare students for successful completion of their desired program(s) and analysis of basic network communications.

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.

Prerequisites

Complete OPSC-501 and OPSC-510

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.

Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites

Complete OPSC-520

Operations Specialization

Game theory provides a framework for understanding complicated problems and predicting outcomes. In this course, students evaluate security threats and vulnerabilities using game theory principles. Discussions, quizzes and assignments introduce students to concepts and strategies like Nash Equilibrium and strict dominance.

Prerequisites

Complete OPSC-501

Scripting languages like Python can help security professionals extend available tools but also create new tools to address specific needs. Extensive labs in this course have students attacking MD5 hashes, web scraping, parsing security logs and breaking a cipher.

Prerequisites

Complete OPSC-510

An excellent primer for the capstone, this course is jam-packed with hands-on activities! Students use the virtual environment to test open source software, compare Nmap, netcat and Angry IP Scanner, test WordPress vulnerability scanners, and experiment with Armitage attacks on Metasploitable. Also, students learn to document findings with reporting tools in Kali Linux and even write a test plan.

Prerequisites

Complete OPSC-540

This exciting capstone class is where students get to "talk the talk and walk the walk" of information security professionals. Broken into two virtual teams that must defend and attack multiple devices on two networks, students spend three weeks working in a virtual environment. They must configure firewalls, patch systems, maintain services and exploit vulnerabilities in an attempt to gain access and then persistence. Opportunities to reflect and assess performance are also part of the WarGames Capstone experience.

Prerequisites

Complete 27 credits in OPSC

Choose Two For the Operations Specialization

Students will gain an understanding and respect for emerging technology by exploring current trends in security and examining topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and behavior analytics. Students will analyze the science behind these technologies as well as the ethical and privacy concerns and implications that may hinder their widespread adoption.

Prerequisites

Take OPSC-501

Students will learn to differentiate privacy from security and how international, federal and state regulations impact organizations and govern the security of information systems and data. They will also identify security standards, survey compliance frameworks, measure return on security investment and assess the effectiveness of a security awareness program.

Prerequisites

Complete OPSC-501 and OPSC-515

Are you ready for a challenge? This course teaches students to evaluate malware samples to determine their infection vector, identify strategies used by malware to remain present on systems, and recommend solutions to prevent and detect malware attacks. Students work with malware samples throughout the course on virtual machines. Use caution!

Prerequisites

Complete OPSC-530

Today's adversaries are organized and well-funded which is why security professionals must understand their tactics and targets. Students in this course learn to distinguish cyberwarfare from cybercrime, and the differences between nation-states and APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats). The methods may differ but the target stays the same, especially when social engineering is involved.

Prerequisites

Complete OPSC-530

Management Specialization

This course is designed to introduce a systematic process for planning, organizing and controlling projects. The course will present a practical methodology for completing projects more quickly with fewer problems. Student work will consist of readings, research, class special-topic presentations, group activities, a project management journal, and participation in a real world IT business project. Students will be encouraged to apply project-management techniques to solve existing real-world technology-related business problems.

Self-leadership is defined by a developed sense of who you are, what you can do, and where you are going, coupled with the ability to affect your behavior and emotions and to communicate effectively through the process. Students will develop a sense of self-awareness to include the values and habits of mind that drive one's practie as an innovative and creative leader, in a global and diverse workplace.

Prerequisites

Complete MGMT-525 or have equivalent knowledge or coursework.

This course provides the framework for understanding the dynamics of human interaction within an organizational context. It is built from the perspective that a key function of management is to negotiate for resources and build collaborative relationships with employees, vendors, suppliers and distributors.

Students will learn to differentiate privacy from security and how international, federal and state regulations impact organizations and govern the security of information systems and data. They will also identify security standards, survey compliance frameworks, measure return on security investment and assess the effectiveness of a security awareness program.

Prerequisites

Complete OPSC-501 and OPSC-515

Students will demonstrate advanced understanding of information security concepts, including the ability to assess risk, classify vulnerabilities and threats, and respond/recover to/from security incidents. They will be expected to utilize appropriate written and oral communication skills to showcase their ability to analyze security strategies within organizations, and manage/lead compliance and awareness efforts. Successful completion of a Capstone Project is required.

Prerequisites

Complete 27 credits in OPSC

Choose One For the Management Specialization

Students will gain an understanding and respect for emerging technology by exploring current trends in security and examining topics such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and behavior analytics. Students will analyze the science behind these technologies as well as the ethical and privacy concerns and implications that may hinder their widespread adoption.

Prerequisites

Take OPSC-501

Today's adversaries are organized and well-funded which is why security professionals must understand their tactics and targets. Students in this course learn to distinguish cyberwarfare from cybercrime, and the differences between nation-states and APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats). The methods may differ but the target stays the same, especially when social engineering is involved.

Prerequisites

Complete OPSC-530

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
  • Armitage
  • Kali Linux
  • Metasploitable
  • Nash Equilibrium
  • netcat
  • Nessus
  • Nmap
  • Open-AduIT
  • Python
  • Splunk

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 work experience. Applicants with limited work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Due to the cybersecurity talent shortage, Champlain no longer requires applicants to have work experience in an IT or cybersecurity field. However, applicants who lack 2 years experience in the field may need to complete additional requirements while in the program.

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 are encouraged to apply.

For those without an IT or Cybersecurity background completion of OPSC 500 will be required. For those with an IT background, but not cybersecurity, OPSC 500 may be suggested. Students required to take OPSC 500 will begin in the second term of the semester. 

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
  • AT&T
  • Cisco Systems 
  • Dealertrack Technologies
  • Department of Navy
  • E&J Gallo Winery
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Kova Corp
  • MetLife
  • Moog
  • PFI Tech
  • Phillips Healthcare
  • PWC
  • Red Hat, Inc. 
  • Naval Information Warfare Center
  • SHI
  • 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

Continuing your education is an investment in your future. Learn more about our affordable tuition rates.

Dare to Expect More of Champlain Online

Expect Convenience

Our programs are designed for busy adults. Go to school wherever and whenever is best for you, on the device of your choice.

Expect A Career Focus

Everything you learn in our online classrooms is relevant and immediately applicable to your work.

Expect Support

Your education journey is our priority and our student support team has your back every step of the way.

Expect Superior Faculty

Learn from practitioner faculty working in the field, with real-world experience and knowledge.

Meet the Program Director

Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, Chair of Cybersecurity Programs, Champlain College Online faculty

Kathleen Hyde

MCIS MBA
Program Chair, Cybersecurity
  • Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations (B.S., Certificate)
  • Computer Information Systems (B.S.)
  • Information Security (M.S., Certificate)
  • Management Information Systems (B.S.)
  • Web Design & Development (A.S., B.S., Certificates)

About

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.

Why Champlain

Danielle Hewitt, Master's Degree in Information Security

Career Growth

"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."

Danielle Hewitt Master's Degree in Information Security
Acquisition Program Manager

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