Core Courses (21 credits)
(Some may be substituted via transfer credits or alternative UMBC courses)
- CYBR 620 Introduction to Cybersecurity
- CYBR 623 Cybersecurity Law & Policy
- CYBR 624 Cybersecurity Project
- CYBR 650 Managing Cybersecurity Operations
- ENMG 652 Management, Leadership, and Communication
- CYBR 658: Risk Analysis and Compliance
Elective Cybersecurity Courses (12 credits) -- choose four, such as:
- CYBR 621 Cyber Warfare
- CYBR 622 Global Cyber Capabilities and Trends
- CYBR 644: Cyber Practitioner Development Lab
- CYBR 691: Special Topics in Cybersecurity
- Other graduate courses approved by Cybersecurity Graduate Program Director
CYBR 620 : Introduction to Cybersecurity
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of cybersecurity by discussing the evolution of information security into cybersecurity, cybersecurity theory, and the relationship of cybersecurity to nations, businesses, society, and people. Students will be exposed to multiple cybersecurity technologies, processes, and procedures, learn how to analyze the threats, vulnerabilities and risks present in these environments, and develop appropriate strategies to mitigate potential cybersecurity problems.
CYBR 623: Cybersecurity Law and Policy
Students will be exposed to the national and international policy and legal considerations related to cybersecurity and cyberspace such as privacy, intellectual property, cybercrime, homeland security (i.e., critical infrastructure protection) and cyberwarfare, and the organizations involved in the formulation of such laws and policies. Broader technology issues also are discussed to demonstrate the interdisciplinary influences and concerns that must be addressed in developing or implementing effective national cybersecurity laws and policies.
CYBR 624: Cybersecurity Project
This is the capstone experience for graduate students in the M.P.S. Cybersecurity program. The Cybersecurity Project provides an opportunity for students to carry out an individual piece of research on a specified topic in the cybersecurity or cyber operations domain. This research should make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in the area of study or otherwise demonstrate the student’s comprehensive knowledge of cybersecurity or cyber operations.
Prerequisite: Completion of cybersecurity breadth courses.
This course takes an operational approach to implementing and managing effective cybersecurity in highly networked enterprises. Topics include an evaluation of government and commercial security management models; security program development; risk assessment and mitigation; threat/vulnerability analysis and risk remediation; cybersecurity operations; incident handling; business continuity planning and disaster recovery; security policy formulation and implementation; large-scale cybersecurity program coordination; management controls related to cybersecurity programs; information-sharing; and privacy, legal, compliance, and ethical issues. Pre-Requisite: Completion of CYBR 620 and in the second semester of graduate study. Other students may be admitted with instructor permission. Substitution of ENMG 650 permitted prior to fall 2013.
ENMG 652: Management, Leadership, and Communication
Students learn effective management and communication skills through case study-analysis, reading, class discussion and role-playing. The course covers topics such as effective listening, setting expectations, delegation, coaching, performance, evaluations, conflict management, negotiation with senior management and managing with integrity.
ENMG 658: Financial Management for Non-Financial Professionals
This course is focused on financial decision making and the common financial management practices of science-based organizations. The course covers the development and analysis of financial statements/reports in science-based businesses; project budgeting, profit planning, return on investment, risk and return, strategy and options. Students analyze case studies from biotechnology and other science-based industries.
ENMG 672: Decision and Risk Analysis
This course provides an overview of decision and risk analysis techniques. It covers modeling uncertainty, the principles of rational decision-making, representing and solving decision problems using influence diagrams and decision trees, sensitivity analysis, Bayesian decision analysis, deductive and inductive reasoning, objective and subjective probabilities, probability distributions and regression analysis.
ENMG 654: Leading Teams and Organizations
Students analyze leadership case studies across a wide range of industries and environments to identify effective leadership principles that may be applied in their own organizations. Students learn how to influence people throughout their organization, lead effective teams, create an inclusive workplace, use the Six Sigma process, implement and manage change and develop a leadership style.
Prerequisite- ENMG 652: Management, Leadership and Communication
ENMG 659: Strategic Management
This course is intended to integrate the learning from the previous management courses and to focus it on the perspective and problems of the Chief Executive Officer and other organizational strategic managers. The theme of the course is that any organization improves its chances of sustained success when its managers formulate an action-oriented strategic business plan based on the strategic management process. Case studies are included to illustrate the concepts and their applications.
Prerequisite: Minimum of three engineering management courses
ENMG 661: Leading Virtual/Global Teams
This completely online course is designed to help the student apply managerial concepts and skills to managing and leading virtual and/or global work teams .Geographically dispersed work teams have great challenges to overcome such as time zones, audio communications access, language and cultural differences. Students will learn to empower others, build credibility, communicate appropriately and adapt quickly across cultures and technologies.
CMSC 687: Introduction to Network Security
The objective of this course is to teach the fundamental concepts, architectures and protocols related to network security. Topics covered include: overview of network security; basics of cryptography; threat models; authentication and authorization mechanisms and standards; public key infrastructure; electronic mail security; network layer security; transport layer and web security; packet filtering, firewalls, intrusion detection, and virtual private networks; recent topics in network security.
Prerequisites: CMSC 341 and CMSC 481 or consent of instructor
CMPE 685: Principles of Communications Networks
This course provides an overview of network communications terms, concepts, architectures, protocols, and technologies. Upon completion of the course, students will be able construct, and assess the completeness of, architectures for simple LAN and WAN communications networks. Topics include wire/fiber and wireless WANs and LANs, the OSI and TCP/IP models, propagation media, analog and digital data and signals, error detection, error correction, data link layer protocols, multiple access techniques, medium access control, circuit and packet switching, X.25, TCP/IP, ATM, Ethernet, switches, routers, routing techniques, congestion control, queuing theory, quality of service (QoS) metrics, network architectures, and network security
CYBR 621: Cyber Warfare
This course addresses some of the unique and emerging policy, doctrine, strategy, and operational requirements of conducting cyber warfare at the nation-state level. It provides students with a unified battlespace perspective and enhances their ability to manage and develop operational systems and concepts in a manner that results in the integrated, controlled, and effective use of cyber assets in warfare.
CYBR 622 : Global Cyber Capabilities and Trends
This course focuses on four general areas of cyber capabilities and trends in the global community: the theory and practice of cybersecurity and cyberwar; cyber capabilities of nation-states as well as non-state actors; trends in cyber-related strategies and policies; and cyber-related challenges facing the U.S. government. The course concludes with a national cybersecurity policy exercise that helps demonstrate the challenges and complexities of the dynamic and global cybersecurity environment.
CYBR 644: Cyber Practitioner Development Lab
This course provides an opportunity for students to carry out applied technical cybersecurity activities that prepares them for professional certification examinations required by the cybersecurity industry. It allows students to put into supervised practice the theoretical concepts provided elsewhere in the CYBR curriculum. Course topics and syllabi will vary from semester to semester but may include applied security, network administration, and other operational topics. Pre-Requisites: CYBR MPS Enrollment and completion of CYBR 620. Depending on the course(s) offered, additional technical pre-requisites will be indicated.
CYBR 691: Special Topics in Cybersecurity
Courses on specialized or emerging cybersecurity topics offered on a timely or as-needed basis ranging from mobile device security and reverse engineering to secure software development, military operational cyber planning, and other specialized items. Prerequisite: Completion of CYBR 620 and in at least the second semester of graduate study. Course-specific prerequisites may be required by the instructor. Other students may be admitted with instructor permission.
CYBR 658: Risk Analysis & Compliance
This course focuses the student on a broad range of topics relative to risk-based planning for enterprise cybersecurity. The intent is focusing on creating risk assessment and modeling approaches to solve cybersecurity issues so that organizations can build security framework and sustain a healthy security posture. This course analyzes external and internal security threats, failed systems development and system processes and explores their respective risk mitigation solutions through policies, best practices, operational procedures, and government regulations. Risk frameworks covered include NIST SP 800-12, SP 800-37, SP 800-39, and CERT/CC risk analysis guidelines.
CMPE 685: Principles of Communications Networks
This course provides an overview of network communications terms, concepts, architectures, protocols, and technologies. Upon completion of the course, students will be able construct, and assess the completeness of, architectures for simple LAN and WAN communications networks. Topics include wire/fiber and wireless WANs and LANs, the OSI and TCP/IP models, propagation media, analog and digital data and signals, error detection, error correction, data link layer protocols, multiple access techniques, medium access control, circuit and packet switching, X.25, TCP/IP, ATM, Ethernet, switches, routers, routing techniques, congestion control, queuing theory, quality of service (QoS) metrics, network architectures, and network security.
CMSC 644: Information Assurance
Selected recent research topics in information assurance, such as social engineering, buffer overflow, malicious code, spyware, denial of service, information warfare, computer forensics, recovery and response, enterprise security, clandestine channels and emissions security, security analysis, security models and formal techniques, best practices and national policy for information assurance. This course will minimize discussion of intrusion detection, firewalls, operating systems security and mathematical cryptology, which are emphasized in other CMSC security courses.
Prerequisite: CMSC 421, CMSC 441 and CMSC 481 or consent of instructor
CMSC 652: Cryptography and Data Security
Conventional and public-key cryptography. Selected cryptosystems, including DES and RSA. Digital signatures, pseudo-random number generation, cryptographic protocols and cryptanalytic techniques. Applications of cryptography to e-commerce.
Prerequisites: CMSC 441 and MATH 221 or consent of instructor
ENMG 656: Engineering Law and Ethics
This course provides a comprehensive overview of important legal principles affecting engineers, engineering sciences and corporate management, with a focus on the intersection of these legal principles with business ethics. The student learns how to think through and process legal problems consistent with ethical norms, and how to analyze business risks in light of operative legal constructs, taking into consideration ethical issues, to arrive at a range of correct business decisions.