MS Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Areas of Study

WGU Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance prepares security professionals to protect an organization's operations in the cyberspace by providing them with the tools, techniques, and standards required to prevent, detect, and counteract cyberattacks. The program not only focuses on keeping infrastructure safe but also the assurance of information covering subjects ranging from cryptography to business continuity planning and disaster recovery.


This course introduces you to the real-world battlefield of cyberspace. It covers the history of cyberwarfare and the variety of new concerns its emergence has fostered. This course explores how cyberwarfare has become an important part of the modern military arsenal and provides strategies for protecting a threatened network, as well as strategies for dealing with specific cyber war actors and threats. It then concludes with an exploration of the future of cyberwarfare considering the evolution of cyber-related capabilities, current threats, and emerging technology.

Secure Software Design
This course provides a practical guide to establish proactive software security that focuses on analyzing risks, understanding likely points of attack, and deciding how software responds to future attacks. Students learn how to construct software that can deal with known and unknown attacks preemptively by examining systemic threats in various deployment environments and discussing vulnerabilities of software applications.

Risk Management

Content focuses on categorizing levels of risk and understanding how risk can impact the operations of the business through a scenario involving the creation of a risk management program and business continuity program for a company and a business situation reacting to a crisis/disaster situation affecting the company.


Cyberlaw, Regulations, and Compliance
Cyberlaw, Regulations and Compliance prepares students to participate in legal analysis of relevant cyberlaws and address governance, standards, policies, and legislation. Students will conduct a security risk analysis for an enterprise system. In addition, students will determine cyber requirements for third‐party vendor agreements. Students will also evaluate provisions of both the 2001 and 2006 USA PATRIOT Acts.

Network Design and Management

Secure Network Design
This course provides an in-depth look at organizational challenges and threats to networks that are connected to the public Internet. Network security will be discussed in the context of how hackers gain access to networks and the use of Firewalls and VPNs to provide security countermeasures. Also covered are methods and technologies to prepare the student to disarm threats, plan for emerging technologies and future attacks.

Security Policies and Standards

Security Policies and Standards - Best Practices
This course focuses on the practices of planning and implementing organization-wide security and assurance initiatives as well as auditing assurance processes.


Ethical Hacking
Ethical Hacking builds the skills necessary to protect an organization's information system from unauthorized access and system hacking. Topics include security threats, penetration testing, vulnerability analysis, risk mitigation, business-related issues, and countermeasures. Students will learn how to expose system vulnerabilities, solutions for eliminating and/or preventing them, and how to apply hacking skills on different types of networks and platforms. This course prepares students for the following certification exam: EC-Council’s Ethical Hacker certification exam (312-50). This course has no prerequisites.

Forensics and Network Intrusion

Forensics and Network Intrusion builds proficiency in detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks. Topics include computer forensics in today’s world; media and operating system forensics; data and file forensics; audits and investigations; and device forensics. This course prepares students for the following certification exam: EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator. This course has no prerequisites.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery Planning, Prevention and Response
This course prepares students to plan and execute industry best practices related to conducting organization-wide information assurance initiatives and to preparing an organization for implementing a comprehensive Information Assurance Management program.

Capstone Project

Students will be able to choose from three areas of emphasis, depending on personal and professional interests. Students will complete a capstone project that deals with a significant real-world business problem that further integrates the components of the degree. Capstone projects will require an oral defense before a committee of WGU faculty.

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