CAS in Information Security Management

Information is a critical asset within an organization. Lives and livelihoods depend on the continuation of information systems and their correct operation. With the increasing complexities of today’s hardware, software, and their networking, the need for managing enterprise security becomes more pressing. Information Security Management (ISM) can be defined as the comprehensive skills that manage a high degree of complex technical security, increased operational costs, diverse policies, and user behavior. Executive decision makers, IT managers, and technical staffs need well-educated, strong skills in ISM for their organizations.

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Information Security Management (ISM) offers a comprehensive set of skills. The 15-credit program provides students with the flexibility to take coursework that does not overlap with their current expertise, while giving them tools in information security technology, policy, risk management, and evaluation, depending on their background.

This certificate is offered in both campus and distance learning formats, and can be completed as a full-time or part-time student. The certificate is available to those with or without previous experience in the information technology field. Applicants may be currently working in a related field, or they may be interested in making a career change into the information security field. The certificate also provides an opportunity for professional development in information security and serves as a foundation for career advancement.

Federal Designation in Information Assurance Education

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly designate and sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE) and CAE-Research (CAE-R) programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in the nation’s information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in information assurance, and by producing a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines. CAE/IAEs and CAE-Rs receive formal recognition from the U.S. government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role in securing the nation's information systems.

Syracuse University originally received its CAE/IAE designation in 2001 and was re-designated in 2004, 2007, and 2012. The University also received CAE-R in 2009. Designation as a CAE/IAE or CAE-R is valid for five academic years, after which the school must successfully reapply in order to retain its designation.

Students attending these designated schools are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

This certificate is offered in both campus and distance learning formats, and can be completed as a full-time or part-time student.

For more information about our graduation rates for students who complete this CAS without also being in a masters program, the median debt of these students who completed the program, and other important information visit the Syracuse University Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs gainful employment listings.


The most up-to-date curriculum information may be found on the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

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Some programs may have differing requirements. To view the specific requirement for this program view the CAS in Information Security Checklist. If you have reviewed the requirements and are ready to apply, click the “Apply Now” button below to complete an online application.

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Program Director
Milton L. Mueller
Laura J. and Douglass L. Meredith Professor
Syracuse University School of Information Studies

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