Program in Information Assurance College of Science Florida Institute of Technology

Program in Information Assurance College of Science Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL
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Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Program at a Top Technology Institute

Florida Institute of Technology was founded in 1958 to support the work of technicians, engineers, and scientists working for NASA in Cape Canaveral. Today, Florida Tech is one of the top technology institutes in the nation. Florida Tech is ranked a Tier 1 Best National University by "U.S. News & World Report" and "Forbes" ranks Florida Tech as one of America's Best Colleges. The "Princeton Review" ranks Florida Institute of Technology among the top colleges in the Southeast.

In recognition of the growing cybersecurity challenges faced by industry and government, Florida Tech offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity degree program through its Department of Computer Sciences in its nationally-recognized College of Engineering.

The Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Degree Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity degree program is a 33 credit-hour program for individuals with bachelor's degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or related fields, and for professionals in the field of IT security.

Florida Tech's information assurance cybersecurity master's program trains graduates to recognize threats, vulnerabilities, and attack models to prevent growing forms of cyber-crime. Designated by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Research, Florida Tech's curriculum focuses on forward-facing solutions to the various permutations cybersecurity professionals not only face today, but can expect in the future. Students are empowered with the professional knowledge and real-world experience needed in order to become leaders in this complex and in-demand field.

Admission Requirements to the M.S. in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Applicants to the master's program in information and cybersecurity must each have a strong background in mathematics, including 3 semester credit hours of integral and differential calculus and 3 semester credit hours of discrete mathematics. Students must also each have 9 semester credit hours of programming courses with at least 3 semester credit hours involving courses that cover data structures.

The Harris Institute for Information Assurance

Florida Tech is home to the Harris Institute for Information Assurance. Originally created through a $5 million gift from the Harris Corporation, the institute develops advanced solutions to information security challenges and supports educational outreach initiatives to improve security. Today, the institute is generously funded through grants from the Department of Defense, Harris Corporation, and private industry.

The institute's research projects include behavioral virus detection; eSWAT, a spyware resistant virtual keyboard; BITSI, biologically inspired tactical security infrastructure; virtual environment detection; network traffic generation; and other cybersecurity related topics.

Expert Faculty Members in Cybersecurity

The Department of Computer Sciences conducts ground-breaking research in the fields of security science, computation and intelligence, software evolution, and other emerging areas.

Many computer science faculty members are experts in the field of information assurance and cybersecurity. Professor Bill Allen, for example, collects and analyzes malicious code. He also works to improve the security of Supervisory Control Data Acquisition (SCADA) devices and to develop more secure software design methodologies.

Professor Marco Carvalho is both a professor at Florida Tech and a research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. He spearheads a number of collaborative efforts with government and industry that aim to design secure command and control frameworks, advanced cockpit displays, and high fidelity wireless network emulators. He is the principal investigator for the Cognitive Network Management and Electronic Warfare project, sponsored by Rockwell Collins. The research aims to develop behavioral modeling of wireless sources to classify and mitigate threats.

Professor Ronaldo Menezes has received the ACM SIGAPP Distinguished Service Award and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He researches and publishes articles in the field of malicious mobile code and its neutralization.

Professor Richard Ford played a pivotal role in the development of the world's largest web hosting system during his time as director of engineering for Verio. Currently, Dr. Ford is co-director of the Harris Institute for Assured Information where his research is focused on desktop and mobile computer security. Dr. Ford, Dr. Allen, and Dr. Marin received a patent for their work titled "System and method of generically detecting the presence of emulated environments," which addresses the root of malware.

A Leading Research Center in Florida's Technology Hub

Florida Institute of Technology is located in Melbourne, Florida, an hour away from the Kennedy Space Center and minutes from many high-tech companies including: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, United Space Alliance, and of course, NASA. Students enjoy internships and are often recruited by these and other high-tech companies.

Location & Contact

Florida Institute of Technology

College of Science
Program in Information Assurance

Melbourne, FL

Degrees & Award

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    • Information Assurance Master's
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