Re: Masters in Information Security/Assurance



Mark,

I have my Master's Degree in Network Security from Capitol College. I
believe the degree has been renamed to M.S. in Information Assurance. I
have many years of experience in network and computer security so I
found the curriculum pretty easy, but definitely valuable in that it
hits all aspects of security and also hits pretty much all the different
parts of the CISSP. The broad range of security topics allowed me to
expand on what I knew and learn about some topics that I was aware of
but never really dove into. My buddy is currently in the degree program
now at Capitol College and he really likes it as well. He just received
his CISSP and is impressed how this degree is hitting various aspects of
it.

The degree can be taken 100% online, so it is extremely convenient.
Classes are pretty much once a week for about 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours.
There is a large military presence in the classes which was valuable to
me since most of my experience has been commercial, although I have also
worked various government gigs.

Good luck!!!

d3nw0

On Thu, 2008-05-08 at 16:23 -0700, Mark Dy-Ragos wrote:
Greetings All,

I'm doing some research on the different masteral degrees available
for Information Security or Information Assurance. There seem to be
so many different options and paths available that I'd like to solicit
member feedback on the topic. Below is a summary of what I'm looking
at:

1. My goal for now is to get good comprehensive education around
relevant security topics.
2. There's a long list of NSA accredited centers listed here:
http://www.nsa.gov/ia/academia/caemap.cfm?MenuID=10.1.1.2. What's
lacking though is an objective review of each college's offering and
the cost.
3. Price of the program is definitely a factor. I'm sure I stand to
learn a lot from these programs, but are they worth the investment?

Would love to hear the feedback of other members, especially those who
have taken a masteral course.

Thanks,
Mark
--
Chuck



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