Systems Security Engineering
Why Study Systems Security Engineering?
Systems security has evolved from being simply an IT issue to one that impacts the critical infrastructure and operations of both the private and public sector. The Master of Science in Systems Security Engineering is designed to prepare professionals to identify, evaluate, assess and resolve systemic security issues. This program allows professionals to combine a robust technical education in cyber security with a holistic understanding of systems engineering principles. With increasing reliance on networked computers in the military and in contemporary society, end-to-end security of information is now of paramount importance. Indeed, as noted by John Brennan, Special Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, "the national security and economic health of the United States depend on the security, stability and integrity of our Nation's cyberspace, both in the public and private sectors." Unfortunately, neither the public nor private sector is prepared for the task. Reports of breaches to our nation's information infrastructure are becoming increasingly common, effecting everything from our nation's energy grid to networked weapons platforms. Systems security has evolved from being simply an IT issue to one that directly impacts the nation's stature and well-being. Current and emerging opportunities in security require a systems approach, which integrates the traditional disciplines of computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics, with economics and policy within a systems framework.
Message from Program Lead
The systems security engineering program combines a robust technical education in security systems design, development and operations with a holistic understanding of systems engineering principles.
Dr. Robert Cloutier, Associate Professor & Program Lead