Cybersecurity Program - University of Houston
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Cybersecurity Program

The MS in Cybersecurity program is designed to develop the professional skills to work beyond entry-level jobs in cybersecurity. This is a very wide field, and when choosing the electives for the program one must decide what type of cybersecurity roles one may wish to pursue. There are two factors to consider when choosing your career pathway, the first is your personal preference in technology. If you are not a coder, then jobs involving programming will not be for you. If you are interested or have background in engineering and equipment, then possibly the controls systems security path is good for you. We offer 4 paths for students to work in, risk management, SOC analyst, Infrastructure/SCADA security, and data analytics and security. More information of career pathways can be found at www.cyberseek.org.

NICE Framework Workforce Categories

The cybersecurity program prepares students for careers in the following NICE Framework Workforce Categories.

Categories Descriptions
Securely Provision (SP) Conceptualizes, designs, procures, and/or builds secure information technology (IT) systems, with responsibility for aspects of system and/or network development.
Operate and Maintain (OM) Provides the support, administration, and maintenance necessary to ensure effective and efficient information technology (IT) system performance and security.
Oversee and Govern (OV) Provides leadership, management, direction, or development and advocacy so the organization may effectively conduct cybersecurity work.
Protect and Defend (PR) Identifies, analyzes, and mitigates threats to internal information technology (IT) systems and/or networks.
Analyze (AN) Performs highly-specialized review and evaluation of incoming cybersecurity information to determine its usefulness for intelligence
Investigate (IN) Investigates cybersecurity events or crimes related to information technology (IT) systems, networks, and digital evidence.

Program of Study Outcomes

At the completion of the program, graduates will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze complex problems and to apply principles of security and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate cybersecurity solutions to meet a given set of requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.
  4. Communicate effectively using both written reports and presentations in a variety of professional contexts.
  5. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in practice based on legal and ethical principles.