Cyber Defense Concentration
For M.S. in Information Security (MSIS)
Following guidelines from the U.S. National Security Agency, the Cyber Defense Concentration is intended to provide MSIS students with a structured pathway to a focused set of skills that are highly relevant to careers in cybersecurity.
Through INI, Carnegie Mellon University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE-IA/CD).
The Cyber Defense Concentration is available to students in the M.S. in Information Security (MSIS) program. Through this concentration, MSIS students complete the set of courses below as part of their MSIS curricular requirements. The following courses are required:
14-513: Introduction to Computer Systems
14-642: Introduction to Embedded Systems
14-735: Secure Coding
14-740: Fundamentals of Computer Networks
14-741: Introduction to Information Security
14-761: Applied Information Assurance
14-817: Cyber Risk Modeling
18-731: Network Security
Compatibility with Study Options
The Cyber Defense Concentration can be completed within any of the available study options (Standard, Applied, Advanced, or Applied Advanced). Under any of these options, 24 units of program electives remain to be fulfilled outside of concentration requirements. Several additional INI courses have been identified as strong complements to the concentration, including but not limited to 14-736, 14-819, 14-822, 14-823, 14-828, 14-829, 14-848, and 18-732.