Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management

Major

The Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management major presents strong practice combined with theoretical approaches to develop a solid foundation of knowledge and skills necessary for information assurance and cybersecurity professionals. The program focuses on the management of the cybersecurity function in organizations. Topics such as network security, database management, risk management, security policies, forensics, and security protocols are covered as they relate to managing the availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation of the information infrastructure as well as its restoration, integrating protection, detection, and reaction capabilities.

Why a degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management?

The majority of programs in cybersecurity are technically focused, originating in engineering or computer science. However, there is also a great demand for cybersecurity practitioners who not only have the technical ability but business expertise to:

  • apply security expertise across a wide variety of business enterprises
  • operate under pressure with a strong ethical backbone
  • understand business processes and the impact of compromised assets
  • communicate and implement risk-based approach to security, and
  • apply analytics to cybersecurity to generate actionable intelligence to improve security and privacy in organizations

Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management curriculum offers these skills and many more by offering a curriculum that combines Business core courses across the range of business functions and core courses in information assurance, cybersecurity management and analytics. The curriculum emphasizes business processes and data analytics as applied to cybersecurity management. Students in the program gain skills in business management of cybersecurity, including risk management, incident business response, using analytics to detect, isolate, and prevent cybersecurity attacks, and overall management of the cybersecurity function in business enterprises.

Types of jobs for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management graduates?

Graduates from the this program will have job opportunities in areas such as cybersecurity risk planning and assessment, security auditing, information assurance compliance, and security/information assurance analytics. The job market is burgeoning in this field. For more information on career paths in cybersecurity and information assurance, visit CyberSeek, a project supported by National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).

Contact

Giti Javidi

Giti Javidi
javidi@usf.edu
Phone: 941-359-4257