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CISR - MS Track
  Academics: MS Track

The Computer Security Track offers a comprehensive educational package that covers the concepts, issues, theories, and technologies that affect the secure processing, transference, and storage of digital information. Track courses begin with foundational information assurance (IA) topics, then progress to more in-depth coverage of such specialized areas as: certification and accreditation, databases, networks, secure system design, and formal methods. NPS has been certified by the National Security Agency as a Center of Excellence in IA Education, largely as a result of the curriculum provided in this track. The Computer Security Track is supported by the Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research (CISR).

Thesis Requirements:
The following documents describe NPS Policy (Thesis Policy), required Security Track procedures (Thesis Guidelines) as well as samples, templates and tips for theses. Students are responsible for understanding and conforming to the Policy and Guidelines.

Thesis Guidelines / Thesis Policy / Sample Thesis Proposal / Thesis Proposal Template / John Powers' (ECE Dept) Thesis Tips

Note that since CS3600 - Introduction to Information Assurance (IA): Computer Security is a department wide core requirement it is taken by all students in the Computer Security Tracks, as well as all students in all other tracks in the CS department.

Computer Security Tracks
There are currently 2 Computer Security tracks, with course requirements as described below:

Information Security & Assurance (ISA) Track -

Students must take the following ISA Core Sequence:

In addition, students must choose three (3) or five (5) of the followining ISA Specialization courses, as applicable, depending on having three (3) or four (4) quarters of track courses:

Computer Systems & Operations (CSO) Track -

Students must take the following CSO Core Sequence:

Students must also choose one of the following CSO sub-tracks:

Students must also choose one (1) of the following CSO Specialization courses:

CSO Track students who do not require JPME, and/or have additional time in their matrix (e.g, four (4) quarters of track courses) will complete the Core, and both Adverserial and Defensive sub-tracks above. In addition, they will take the following CSO Specialization courses, time permitting:

* Note: Refer to the Graduation Certificate Page to determine whether course selections also meet the requirements for one or more academic certificates. The associated curriculum number for an academic certificate must be assigned to a student in order to earn a certificate at graduation.


A course matrix shows the course sequence for all CS students, including where track slots are available.

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