Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance

The Weaving of Information Technology and Business Skills

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, put it best when he said, "Information technology and business are becoming inextricably woven. I don't think anyone can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other." Indeed, at the micro level, information technology impacts nearly every aspect of an organization's business processes, product development and delivery. And, at a macro level, many would argue that it is reshaping the global economy. Given the growing importance of information technology to the individual enterprise and the economy, it is hardly surprising that the career outlook for technology professionals continues to remain bright. 

Moreover, a Gartner report offers a startling projection for the spending on security, as a part of the overall IT budget, in 2016. Based on an international survey of CIOs, security will remain a top priority, according to Gartner, and the projected security spending will reach $86 billion in 2016. Survey respondents noted an increased prioritization for security over the previous year, and this is expected to continue despite the turbulence of domestic and international markets. Simply put, today's evolving and perpetual threat landscape and the increased sophistication of attacks make information security too important to ignore. 

Budgets are only part of the battle when it comes to changing the way an organization does business, particularly its internal business processes. Securing a larger budget for information security is no guarantee that the human factors inside the enterprise - which greatly affect its risks and vulnerabilities - will change. This is exactly why a technology skillset will get an organization only so far, and why Norwich created the Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance. Our graduates know that those responsible for information technology and information assurance need effective communication skills, leadership qualities, and influence to drive organizational change and business value. Not only do they know it, but they deliver on it each day.

In a recent alumni survey*, 82% of respondents said their Norwich education gives them a competitive edge in the job market. And nearly 70% reported they had been recognized by a supervisor or leadership for their contributions as a result of their completion of the information security & assurance program.

Career Outcomes

The Norwich Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program helps equip IT professionals with the technical and management skills needed to pursue leadership positions in information security. Graduates leave the program with extensive knowledge in information security best practices, organizational structure and policy development, the regulatory environment, and management strategies, as well as focused experience in concentration areas such as computer forensics and incident response management, critical infrastructure protection & cyber crime, project management, or vulnerability management.

William Aschnewitz, a 2014 alumnus and information assurance officer in the U.S. Air Force for the Defense Media Activity at Yongsan Army Garrison in Seoul, Korea, offers his perspective on why he chose Norwich:

“Cyber security is a major force that affects companies, governments and just about the entire world. I wanted a degree that could enhance my knowledge of cyber security as well as set myself apart from my numerous peers and other professionals in the industry.”

Examples of positions held by our graduates include:

  • Business Continuity Planner
  • Chief Information Assurance Officer
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Chief Risk Manager
  • Consultant
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Director of Information Systems
  • Distance Learning Specialist
  • Information Assurance Officer
  • Information Security Engineer
  • IT Security Manager
  • IT Specialist
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Security Compliance Manager
  • Security Liaison
  • Senior Information Assurance Engineer
  • Senior Risk Manager

Where Our Graduates Work

Our graduates work for organizations in financial services, health care, communications, technology, government, and military sectors.

Examples of employers include:

  • American Express
  • AT&T Consulting
  • Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation
  • Bank of America
  • Booz Allen
  • Capital One Financial
  • Cisco Systems
  • Department of Defense
  • Fidelity Investments
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • HP Enterprise Services
  • LexisNexis
  • Mainstream Security
  • Motorola
  • NATO
  • Partners HealthCare
  • State of Vermont 
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Navy
  • Vanderbilt University and Medical Center
  • Verizon Communications
  • Waldon IT Solutions
  • Wells Fargo

*Source: Norwich University Master of Science Information Security & Assurance Graduate Survey, fielded March 2014