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Blend Intelligence Tactics to Defend Critical Data
The online world is the newest battlefield in the fight against terrorism and espionage. Gain the skills to combat these crimes through the Intelligence specialization of Utica College’s online Master of Science in Cybersecurity.
In this specialization, you’ll learn to protect and maintain homeland and national security through cyber intelligence and counterintelligence, cyber counterterrorism, and cyber counter sabotage. Graduate with the knowledge to create and leverage systems to protect our nation’s critical data and help ensure security for all.
When you graduate from the M.S. in Cybersecurity with the Intelligence specialization, you’ll possess the comprehensive skills to make an impact in a variety of government agencies.
Examples of some of the organizations that seek out our graduates include the U.S. Army, Interpol, U.S. Marshalls Service, U.S. Postal Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA), Department of Homeland Security, and more.
CAREER SPOTLIGHT: INTELLIGENCE ANALYST
As an intelligence analyst, you would be responsible for coordinating and conducting research efforts as they pertain to potential security threats. Professionals in this position analyze information to determine its accuracy and significance, helping organizations make informed decisions in critical situations.1
CAREER SPOTLIGHT: INTELLIGENCE OFFICER
As an intelligence officer, you would act as an advisor concerning the collection methods and analysis of critical information. You’d be responsible for facilitating counterintelligence investigations while keeping the collected information secure, helping to neutralize cyber threats.2
Other titles you may qualify for:
- Computer Network Analyst
- Cyber Operations Exploitation
- Advanced Counter Intelligence Analyst
- Dark Web Cyber Researcher
Curriculum: Learn to Keep Systems Safe
Through 18 core credits and 12 specialization credits, you’ll learn to translate homeland and national security policies to the cyber realm. You’ll gain the skills to proactively design secure systems to protect sensitive computer-based information and operations from attacks and unauthorized observation. A sample of the courses you could take to complete this specialization include:
Course Spotlight: CYB 615 – Cyber Counterintelligence
Develop a broad understanding of the history and evolution of cyber counterintelligence. From passive and active measures to principles and processes, you’ll learn about the ethics of counterintelligence and how to evaluate successes and failures. You’ll also explore topics including counterintelligence missions, defensive and offensive counterintelligence, and counterespionage.Explore Courses
Course Spotlight: CYB 667 – Critical Incident Command, Response, and All Hazards
Learn about the key elements of crisis planning and information management and how to develop levels of preparation, including role-playing and other methods of analysis to test the key elements of a crisis plan. Multi-jurisdictional issues relating to cyber conflict and SCADA systems will also be reviewed.
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 (n.d.). Average Intelligence Analyst Salary. Retrieved April 26, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Intelligence_Analyst/Salary
- PayScale (n.d.). Average Intelligence Officer Salary. Retrieved April 26, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Intelligence_Officer/Salary