The Information Assurance curriculum focuses on educating the students in the skills and theory needed to defend both public and private networks and the information they contain.
Many of the courses are delivered with a focus on offensive security. In order for graduates to be successful in defending against today’s threats, they must understand how they attack a network. Students learn tactics and techniques used by online criminals to steal information, intellectual property, money, and other digital assets.
Students receive a heavy dose of hands-on experience with the tools and techniques they will encounter in the field.
The program seeks to push students to their limit by employing high academic standards along with a challenging curriculum.
Graduates with Information Assurance skills are in high demand in three-letter agencies as well as in private corporations. Courses in Network Defense, Network Penetration and Attack, and Cyberwarfare are all part of the curriculum.
Information Assurance in the Headlines
- The Target Data Breach
- Chinese hackers infiltrated U.S. companies, attorney general says
- USDOJ: Five Indicted in New Jersey for Largest Known Data Breach Conspiracy
- Saudi Aramco Cyber Attacks a ‘wake-up call’, Says Former NSA Boss
Program Features and Highlights
- High demand for graduates
- Students use professional grade hardware and software
- Curriculum delivered in a challenging, active learning, hands-on environment
- Experienced, published faculty with real-world experience
- Excellent internship opportunities
- Leadership and community service opportunities through the AIDE Student Group
- Compete with MU Collegiate Cyber Defense Challenge (CCDC) Team
There is an abundance of extra-curricular opportunities in the Marshall University Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program.