The Master of Science in Information Security
(MSIS) program provides students with background and insights into the key managerial and technical issues of information security. It is an interdisciplinary program administered by the Management Information Systems
Department in the College of Business and the Mathematics and Computer Science Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The managerial concentration focuses on the impact of information security on individual lives and personal privacy, the growing information security risks facing business and government, strategies for securing information, and the influence of laws and public policy on how information is secured. The technical concentration examines how information systems can be made secure. It discusses information processing systems, secure operating systems
and applications, network security
, cryptography, security protocols, and other issues that confront those charged with securing information networks.
The managerial concentration is an attractive option for IT analysts, managers and directors who are responsible for, and interested in, defining, auditing, or examining IT security policies and procedures. The technical concentration is a hands-on option that is attractive to IT professionals who are interested in identifying security breaches, implementing security policies and procedures, and resolving security problems when and where they arise.
To accommodate the needs of working professionals, the program is structured for part-time students with courses offered in the evenings. All courses are offered in an eight-week format. Additionally, the program is fully offered online.
"MSIS program opened up doors for me. While in school, I landed my first IT job as a security specialist. Just 3 months after graduating, I joined Brocade Communication Inc as a Technical Engineer.
Professors at Lewis University not only used books but also shared their real life experiences. They also gave students an opportunity to share their experiences. We were not limited to only books and homework but did a lot of lab work, which made us think outside the box."