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Information Assurance and Security

AIU® offers an industry-current MSIT program with a specialization in Information Assurance and Security for students interested in understanding information security technologies as applied to operating systems, database management systems and computer networks. This program designed to bring students industry-current and important knowledge to help develop them as IT professionals in the digital world. Students enrolled in this information security masters degree program will not only build upon prior knowledge from undergraduate coursework, but will also explore the realities and challenges of maintaining digital security systems and processes in the current industry climate.


Focus on Your Specific Area of Interest

By studying advanced topics in Information Assurance and Security to complete the specialization requirements, you have an opportunity to acquire industry-current knowledge and skills specific to the area of Information Assurance and Security.

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  • Next Start Date

    November 9th, 2015

  • Total Credits


  • Specialization Credits


  • Program Length

    11 MONTHS

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  • Successful completion of the MSIT with a specialization in Information Assurance and Security provides an advanced level of industry-related knowledge and skills, including how to:


    • Identify the physical and logical threats and vulnerabilities present in new and an existing information system infrastructure.
    • Identify relevant security technologies and techniques needed to secure an information infrastructure.
    • Implement technical and administrative control measures to protect information assets and comply with regulatory standards.
    • Conduct an analysis of an existing and new information systems infrastructure.
    • Conduct information systems audit.
    • Apply best practices and effective procedures to current and relevant information security and assurance problems and challenges.
    • Create and implement computer and system network defense, both in basic forms and in detail.
    • Evaluate existing security programs and systems for threats and learn how to fix those threats.
    • Develop solutions and practices that can be applied to network security maintenance and integrity.
    • Understand the components and requirements of system security procedures, as well as professional industry expectations.

    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
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    • In this specialized curriculum, you can learn the skills needed to protect an organization’s information assets. The important areas covered include threats and vulnerabilities, cryptography, authentication and access control, security models, network security, trusted computer systems, distributed systems security, World Wide Web security, applications security, information systems audit, and security management and policies. This real-world specialization offers the opportunity for in-depth study, with half of your courses in your area of interest. It can help you develop a focused, industry-specific knowledge base common to IT professionals in the field of Information Assurance and Security. For example:

      • In Principles of Information Security, students can be introduced to the three major goals of information security: confidentiality, integrity and availability.
      • In Applied Cryptography and Network Security, students can learn to apply secure protocols over networked systems using cryptography. Symmetric and asymmetric encryption may be covered.
      • In Legal Issues in Information Security, and Incident Response, students explore current issues in network security and apply security concepts. The class focuses on technical topics as well as privacy and policy issues.
      • In IT Auditing and Security Risk Management, students can study information systems control, application audit, security threats, security risk types, computer attacks, countermeasures and risk management.

      Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

    • Upon completing the Information Assurance and Security specialization program, students will have gained valuable and applicable knowledge and skills in the field.

      Students will build upon their existing understanding of network systems and security parameters, and will delve more in depth into the problems and solutions of the current digital security situation. Students will learn how to design security parameters for their own security system, diagnose problems in security systems in order to develop solutions and understand the present industry expectations for a professional in this field.

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    7/1/2008 and 10/15/2008 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 36%

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