Concentration in Information Assurance

   NOTE: beginning June 1, 2012, applications for this concentration will no longer be accepted.  Applicants are advised to apply for the new Master of Professional Studies (MPS) concentration in Information Assurance Management.   

Program Description  

Mission: Creating individuals with the skills, knowledge, and creativity to succeed in the 21st century!

Admittance Requirements  

Fort Hays State University (FHSU) is pleased to offer a Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree with a concentration in Information Assurance. This concentration includes developing a mastery of information practices, network security software and hardware applications, and of operating systems. It includes coursework certified by the United States Government’s Committee Information Assurance Curriculum Certification by the National Security Administration Committee on National Security Systems for CNSS 4011 and 4013E Standards 2008-2013. The concentration offers two options:

- Network Security
- Security Management

The Information Assurance Concentration is offered through the Department of Informatics. All required courses are offered through distance learning and do not require campus visits. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited or otherwise approved school and an overall GPA of 3.0.

The Masters of Liberal Studies is a 31-hour interdisciplinary graduate program that is offered on-campus and on-line. It consists of a 10-hour core, an 18-hour customized plan of study and a 3-hour culminating project.

Core Masters of Liberal Studies Courses:

The core is built around the theme "Ways of Knowing: A Foundation for Understanding and Exploring the Emerging Knowledge Society." This theme is explored in the following courses:
IDS 801 Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (1 hour)(F, S, U through the Virtual College, F on-campus)
IDS 802 Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective (3 hours)(F, S, U through the Virtual College, S on-campus)
IDS 803 Emerging Knowledge Society (3 hours)(F, S, U through the Virtual College, S on-campus)
IDS 804 Information Literacy (3 hours)(F, S, U through the Virtual College, F on-campus)
(F=Fall, S=Spring, U=Summer)

Network Security Option:

Leveling Courses

The Information Assurance Network Security option is designed to prepare professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in protecting networks. It assumes a fundamental expertise in network design and implementation. Students who do not have this expertise may develop it by taking graduate leveling courses in Internetworking.

INT 678 Seminar in INT:Internetworking I* (F, S, U virtual and F on-campus)
INT 678 Seminar in INT: Internetworking II* (F, S, U virtual and F on-campus)
INT 678 Seminar in INT: Internetworking III* (F,S,U virtual and F on-campus)

Network Security Core:

INT 684 Foundations of Information Systems Security (CISSP Overview; CNSS = Certified Curriculum) (F through Virtual College)
INT 685 Fundamentals of Network Security (F virtual only)
INT 686 Network Security Firewalls (S virtual only)
INT 696 Securing Converged WANS (S virtual and on-campus)**
INT 880 Management of Information Security (S virtual only)
INT 891 Capstone in Information Assurance (S virtual only)#

Information Assurance Electives (one elective needed):

MIS 605 Principles of Computer Security (F virtual only)
INT 654 Introduction to Web-Enabled Databases: Oracle (F virtual and on-campus)
INT 655 Web-Enabled Database Administration: Oracle (S virtual and on-campus)
INT 658 Law of Cyberspace (F on-campus; F, S, U virtual)
INT 662 Modern Telephony (F virtual only)
IINT 664 Wireless and Cellular Systems (S on campus)
NT 671 Linux for Networks (S virtual only)
INT 672 Advanced Linux for Networks (F virtual only)
INT 678 Seminar in INT: Unix Administration (S virtual only)
INT 678 Seminar in INT/INT Project Management (S virtual only)
INT 695 Advanced Routing (Fall virtual and on-campus)**
INT 697 Advanced LAN Switching (F virtual and on-campus)**
INT 698 Optimizing Converged Networks (S virtual and on-campus)**
INT 872 Readings in INT: Information Assurance (F & S virtual and on-campus)
CSCI 663 Introduction to Cryptology (S on-campus only)

*Internetworking I, II, & III courses are the courses providing preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam.
** Advanced Routing, Securing Converged WANS, Advanced LAN Switching, and Optimizing Converged Networks are the courses providing preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) exam. To take these courses a student must have completed INT 291, INT 292, and INT 293 or passed the CCNA examination.
# This course typically serves as the culminating course for the masters degree. Students are urged to contact Dr. Keyu Jiang (kjiang@fhsu.edu) to discuss potential culminating projects in advance of enrolling in the class. Students intending to pursue a doctorate degree may want to complete a thesis in substitution of other elective courses.

Security Management Option:

The Information Security Management Option is designed to prepare professionals to plan, administer, and manage Information Assurance within an organization. While no specific technical background is required, typical students are working professionals who have a technical background and whom are seeking additional knowledge and skills allowing them to take Information Assurance leadership roles in their organization or to provide career advancement. Most, but not all students have Computer Networking and Telecommunications, Management Information Systems, Computer Information Systems, or Computer Science undergraduate degrees. (F=Fall, S=Spring, U=Summer)

MIS 605 Principles of Computer Security (F virtual only)
INT 684 Foundations of Information Systems Security (CISSP Overview; CNSS Certified Curriculum) (F virtual only)
INT 880 Management of Information Security (S virtual only)
INT 885 Management and Disaster Recovery (S virtual only)
INT 891 Capstone in Information Assurance (S virtual only)#

Information Assurance Electives (two electives needed):

INT 654 Introduction to Web-Enabled Databases: Oracle (F virtual only)
INT 655 Web-Enabled Database Administration: Oracle (S virtual only)
INT 658 Law of Cyberspace (F on campus; F, S, U virtual)
INT 662 Modern Telephony (F virtual only)
INT 671 Linux for Networks (S virtual only)
INT 672 Advanced Linux for Networks (F virtual only)
INT 678 Seminar in INT: Unix Administration (S virtual only)
INT 678 Seminar in INT/INT Project Management (S virtual only)
INT 685 Fundamentals of Network Security (F virtual only)%
INT 686 Intermediate Network Security (S virtual only)%
INT 695 Advanced Routing (Fall virtual and on-campus)**
INT 696 Securing Converged WANS (S virtual only)%**
INT 697 Advanced LAN Switching (F virtual and on-campus)
INT 698 Optimizing Converged Networks (S virtual and on-campus)**
INT 872 Readings in INT: Information Assurance (F on-campus; S virtual only)

# This course typically serves as the culminating course for the masters degree. Students are urged to contact Dr. Keyu Jiang (kjiang@fhsu.edu) to discuss potential culminating projects in advance of enrolling in the class. Students intending to pursue a doctorate degree may want to complete a thesis in substitution of other elective courses.
%These courses require INT 291 Internetworking I, INT 292 Internetworking II, INT 293 Internetworking III, passage of the CCNA certification, or the instructor’s permission based on years of network engineering or support.

Overall Information

The number of course offerings will continue to grow to fit industry and student needs. Each of the distance learning courses listed is offered fully on-line and does not require a physical presence on-campus. Most of the course activities are completed when the student chooses to study and work on academic projects. Each of the courses will have specific deadlines for projects, labs, tests and other activities. Students taking on-line courses will benefit substantially from having high-speed Internet access such as: DSL, Cable, or Ethernet. Additional offerings are available on-campus. Students taking on-campus courses will benefit from having a laptop or tablet computer.

Program Contact

For more information on the Department of Informatics visit the following web site: http://www.fhsu.edu/informatics/. For questions about course offerings, contact the Fort Hays State University Department of Informatics. For information about admission procedures or administration, contact the Director, Master of Liberal Studies Program

To discuss course content and potential advising for the Information Assurance concentration, please contact Dr. Keyu Jiang (785.628.4684).