Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering
Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering program will be able to demonstrate understanding of contemporary engineering design principles and associated innovative practices relevant to the notion of threats to an information system and technical and procedural approaches to mitigating the threat, the technical concepts of secure system design and development, and mechanisms for building security services and risk management. Further, they will be able to implement these practices under guidance of Informatics faculty members in preparation for employment in Cyber Security and Information Assurance industries.
Upon completion of the USC Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering degree, students will be able to apply critical principles and practices pertinent to cyber security and information protection in their employment practice. Graduates should be positioned to be extremely competitive in a very high demand sector. They will be well prepared to take on current large-scale security issues which have the potential of wreaking massive damage to the well being, safety, and privacy of the people of our nation.
Our program is committed to leveraging the strongest technology and educational methods in addressing these challenges. In particular, our focus will include trusted systems and standards, and proven verifiable protection of truly trustworthy high assurance security designed to substantially address the problems of adversarial attacks that include software subversion.
Required Courses (20 units):
- CSCI530 Security Systems (4 units)
- INF519 Foundations and Policy for Information Security (4 units)
- INF523 Computer Systems Assurance (4 units)
- INF525 Trusted System Design, Analysis and Development (4 units)
- INF529 Security and Privacy in Informatics (4 units)
At least one of the following (3 or 4 units):
- INF521 Applications of Cryptography to Information Security Problems (3 units)
- INF526 Secure Systems Administration (4 units)
- INF528 Computer Forensics (4 units)
Plus an additional 4-5 units from the list above or from the following:
- ENGR596 Internship in Engineering (1 unit)
- INF590 Directed Research (1-12 units)
- PTE 519 Integrated Physical and Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Operations (3 units)
- Other courses may be approved in consultation with department advisor.
For questions please contact Lizsl A.De Leon (Director, Student Affairs)