Oversee the Safekeeping of Networks and Data
Build a Foundation in Public Policy and Ethics
Explore Complex Organizational Issues
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Excel in a Growing Field
Responsibly oversee cyber policy and practices in modern organizations. Become a cyber policy professional and government decision-maker who understands oversight in today’s ever-changing online environment.
With the Cyber Policy specialization of the Master of Science in Cybersecurity, you’ll dig into coursework that blends policy and practice and builds a coherent set of underlying principles and procedures that are both legal and ethical. You’ll help your organization avoid and manage security risks to their networks, data, and other critical assets.
There’s an immense opportunity awaiting cyber policy professionals. Through our results-driven approach to current trends and regulations, you’ll complete this program with the right degree at the right time.
Organizations everywhere — both private and public sector — need cyber policy professionals who can take on issues that aren’t easy to analyze and manage risk in a complex environment. You’ll gain the foresight to develop tomorrow’s cyber policy and excel in competitive workplaces using data-driven decision-making.
The global cybersecurity market grew by almost 3,500% from 2004 to 2017, from $3.5 billion to $120 billion.4 The U.S. government alone spent almost $20 billion on cybersecurity in 2017.4 There is an enormous opportunity for professionals with the expertise you’ll gain in this Cyber Policy specialization.
CAREER SPOTLIGHT: CYBERSECURITY ANALYST
As a cybersecurity analyst (also known as a cyber threat analyst), you’ll take complicated technical concepts and explain them to senior-level executives and officials. You’ll also work to assess your organization’s data-security readiness through exercises and simulated cyberattacks. The most important qualification for this position is a solid understanding of information security and cyber intelligence principles — knowledge you can gain from this program.4
CAREER SPOTLIGHT: CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER
Take a seat in the boardroom as a Chief Information Security Officer, one of the highest-earning cybersecurity positions. You would be responsible for implementing, overseeing, and maintaining any security-related processes and initiatives that compromise your organization’s operational cybersecurity. The nationwide average for this salary is $155,578, and top-earning CISOs make up to $350,000 annually in cities like San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C.5,6
Other titles you may qualify for:
- Incident Manager
- Overwatch Officer
- Compliance Officer
- Cyber Surveillance Analyst
- Cyber Policy Analyst
- Cyber Intelligence Analyst
- Cyber Fraud Investigations Manager
Curriculum: Know Your Enemy
Our master’s in cybersecurity with a cyber policy specialization is flexible and comprehensive.
You’ll learn foundational theories in cyber law, public policy, and ethics; along with policy and professional responsibility, cutting-edge skills in espionage, surveillance, and cyber data fusion. Ultimately, you’ll know how to analyze data, policy, and intelligence to understand your adversaries and predict their next move.
You’ll gain core competencies in:
- Cyberspace and cybersecurity
- Complex organizational issues
- Foundations of security and privacy
- Risk assessment and management
Course Spotlight: CYB 665 – Legal Foundations of Information Security and Privacy
Learn the principles of privacy relating to non-public personal, proprietary business, or government information. You’ll examine policy issues; legal, regulatory and business controls; and best practices.Explore Courses
Course Spotlight: CYB 668 – Organizational Risk Management Frameworks
Examine rules, regulations, and issues related to organizational risk management. You’ll explore risk assessment and management from healthcare, financial, privacy, data breach, and government perspectives.
More Options for Your Degree
M.S. in Cybersecurity: Computer Forensics
Pursue your passion for collecting and preparing evidence for computer crimes such as fraud, child pornography and cyber espionage with courses that emphasize a comprehensive understanding of the forensic tools and techniques used to investigate and analyze network-related incidents and preserve digital evidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.
The online M.S. in Cybersecurity program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time, which allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school, and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Utica College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) through the academic year 2024.
Our cybersecurity programs have also been recognized for their excellence by the:
- Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3)
- EC-Council, one of the premier certifying cybersecurity bodies
Read more about the M.S. in Cybersecurity.
Yes, the M.S. in Cybersecurity offers these specializations:
- Computer Forensics
- Cyber Operations
- Cyber Policy
- Data Analytics
- Electronic Crime
- Malware Analysis
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Yes, as part of the M.S. in Cybersecurity, you’ll complete a two-day online virtual cybersecurity residency. Learn more about the curriculum.
The M.S. in Cybersecurity prepares you for industry certifications like CompTIA A+, Security+, and CISSP—among others.
- PayScale (2019 January). Average Cybersecurity Analyst Salary. Retrieved on January 9, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Cyber_Security_Analyst/Salary
- PayScale (2019 January). Average Incident Manager Salary. Retrieved on January 9, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Incident_Manager/Salary
- PayScale (2019 January). Average Chief Information Security Officer Salary. Retrieved on January 9, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chief_Information_Security_Officer/Salary
- Morgan, C. (2018 May). 2018 Cybersecurity Market Report. Cybersecurity Ventures. Retrieved on January 9, 2019, from https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybersecurity-market-report/