Cybersecurity (formerly Information Assurance)
Note: EP has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to change our Information Assurance program name to Cybersecurity, so that the program better reflects current practices in the workplace. This change takes place immediately. It is a name change only; there are no changes in admission or graduation requirements. Current students have the option to switch to Cybersecurity, or to stay in Information Assurance. Students graduating in the Spring 2013 semester will graduate in Information Assurance. If you wish to switch from Information Assurance to Cybersecurity, please send an email to Eleanor Chlan requesting the change. This change, if you wish to make it, needs to be in place before you apply to graduate. The other exciting piece of news is that we have added an new track to the Cybersecurity degree.
This 10-course graduate program balances theory with practice, providing students the knowledge and skills needed to protect and defend information systems from attack by technically sophisticated adversaries. Toward this end, you will become proficient in knowing how to ensure availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation. You will also learn how to incorporate protection, detection, and reaction capabilities to ensure the preservation and restoration of systems, as well as have the opportunity to develop risk management skills that will enable you to address threats to new and existing systems.
The program offers three tracks which can be combined to meet your individual interests. These are networks, which focuses on protecting information assets from network-based intrusion and from attacks that are primarily focused on remote exploitation of protected systems; systems, in which attacks are explored from within the system boundary, with an emphasis on platform, operating systems, and secure software development; and, analysis. Please see the catalog for courses in these tracks.
All students have access to our extensive computing facilities, which are supported by a variety of software systems, applications, development tools, and specialized labs. For your convenience, these facilities can be reached from any on-campus site or from remote locations. With your advanced degree from the Johns Hopkins EP program, you will be armed with the knowledge and skills required to defend your organization’s information systems from attack. Highlights include:
- Classes conveniently scheduled weekday evenings and Saturdays at academic centers, with a number of courses also available online
- Two different focus areas to choose from: networks and systems
- Flexibility to take individual courses as a “non-degree seeking student,” as long as you’ve met specific program and course prerequisites
- Full-time course of study that allows you to complete a master’s degree in the shortest time possible
- Classes are taught by faculty who are at the top of their respective fields from government, private industry, and premier research organizations, including the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.
- Course content continually evolves to reflect this dynamic field of study, keeping you well ahead of the curve
- Master of Science (M.S.)
- Advanced Certificate for Post-Master's Study