Online Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security – Cybersecurity Policy and Management

Effective emergency management means a comprehensive risk reduction approach across all hazards. Cybersecurity risk and threat management has emerged as a key part of critical infrastructure protection and community safety and resilience in general. The cybersecurity policy and management concentration prepares emergency managers, first responders and security professionals to address cyber risk and threats.

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Next start date: 05/17/2021


Total classes: 11

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 33

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What is cybersecurity policy and management?

Cybersecurity policy and management as a concentration in the Master of Arts Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree program is aimed at mitigating and responding to digital threats. It involves:

  • Building subject area knowledge to participate in cyber risk management efforts.
  • Coordinating cyber incident response and recovery efforts.
  • Creating strategies to mitigate cyber risk and threats.
  • Developing and updating strategic planning on cyber risk as part of community risk reduction approaches.
  • Helping build capacity for effective defenses against hackers and other malicious actors.

Businesses and governments alike increasingly rely on digital infrastructure. These systems can control sensitive processes and contain valuable and protected information. There’s a growing need for professionals who can mitigate risk and protect these assets.

This cybersecurity focus area is a concentration of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree. This degree includes five concentration areas including cybersecurity policy and management. The concentrations give you the opportunity to develop subject area expertise in a specific area of emergency management and homeland security that relates to your career goals.

In the cybersecurity policy and management concentration, you’ll learn how to improve preparedness, response and recovery for a variety of hazards, but with a special focus on cyber threats in particular. You’ll gain expertise in cyber risk and threat management and learn how challenges in this area relate to critical infrastructure protection.

Who should earn a cybersecurity policy and management degree?

 

The ideal cybersecurity policy and management student works in professional domains related to emergency management or homeland security, including organizations across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In some cases, applicants with no prior experience may be eligible. However, every prospective student should have a defined career goal in these fields.

This concentration is not focused on advanced technical proficiency in cybersecurity but instead emphasizes the abilities needed to lead emergency planning and response coordination efforts.

How does this concentration relate to the larger EMHS program?

 

This degree focuses on effective response to a variety of cybersecurity threats. With so many potential risks present, enhanced expertise is vital. Completing a cybersecurity policy and management degree offers two key outcomes:

  1. Broadening emergency management and homeland security area knowledge and skills in general.
  2. Developing more specialized knowledge and abilities related to cybersecurity policy and management, including on cyber incident response and recovery.

Cybersecurity management courses

The cybersecurity policy and management concentration focuses on policy strategy and implementation, risk management, forensics, planning and incident preparedness. The concentration courses are built on a set of program core courses aimed at enhancing knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to emergency management and homeland security professionals. Core courses in the degree program include:


Core course

Hazards Governance


Core course

Program Evaluation for Emergency Management and Homeland Security


Core course

GIS for Hazards Analysis


Core course

Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice


Core course

Homeland Security


Core course

Integrated Emergency Management


Concentration core course

US Cyber and Information Security Policy


Concentration core course

Information Assurance Principles


What can I do with a cybersecurity management degree?

Cybersecurity policy and management professionals work in both the public and private sector. You can pursue a variety of roles related to leadership and management. Career paths include but are not limited to:

Crisis manager: corporate operations.

Emergency management director.

Emergency preparedness coordinator or specialist.

Information security analyst.

Security operations center manager.

Learn from professionals in cybersecurity policy and management

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Learn from professionals in cybersecurity policy and management

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Cybersecurity policy and management degree admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Application requirements

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