The MSCIS degree program provides students with the professional competencies specified by the world’s two most prominent authorities in information assurance:
- The joint National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Committee on National Security Standards (CNSS)
- The (ISC)2 organization’s requirements for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential.
The eight required core courses are mapped to all six of the CNSS domains specified by the NSA and DHS; with the suffix A indicating mapping at the Advanced level for the three standards that include multiple levels.
- NSTISSI 4011 - National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, dated 20 June 1994
- CNSSI 4012 – National Information Assurance Training Standard for Senior Systems Managers, dated June 2004; Supersedes NSTISSI No. 4012, dated August 1997
- CNSSI 4013A - National Information Assurance Training Standard for System Administrators (SA), dated March 2004
- CNSSI 4014A – National Information Assurance Training Standard for Information Systems Security Officers, dated April 2004; Supersedes NSTISSI No. 4014, dated August 1997
- NSTISSI 4015 - National Training Standard for Systems Certifiers, dated December 2000
- CNSSI 4016A- National Information Assurance Training Standard for Risk Analysts, dated November 2005
From November 2005 through March 2006, NSA/DHS extensively reviewed Capitol Technology University’s MSIAE program and each one of its IAE courses, formally recertifying Capitol Technology University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) in all five CNSS domains, through 2009. On June 5, 2007, NSA announced that the curriculum meets all of the elements of CNSSI 4016 at the advanced level.
In addition to complying with the CNSS requirements, the eight required courses are mapped to all ten of the CISSP domains:
- Access Control Systems and Methodology
- Telecommunications and Network Security
- Security Management Practices
- Applications and Systems Development Security
- Security Architecture and Models
- Operations Security
- Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning
- Laws, Investigations and Ethics
- Physical Security