The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional StudiesQueens Campus, Online
The M.S. in Cyber and Information Security at St. John’s University is a 30 credit master’s program that combines cybersecurity and information science. It is designed with cybersecurity specialists, IT enterprise professionals, and data scientists in mind. However, the knowledge it provides can serve the cybersecurity skills needs of the wider community of IT managers and computer professionals.
Given the pervasive nature of cyber threats this master’s program gives students an edge in the job market and the world around them.
It appeals to students who want to become cybersecurity specialists as well as data scientists already in the field who need to upgrade their skills. It is designed to accommodate both students with undergraduate degrees in IT and Computer Science as well as career changers.
The program offers a learning path flexibility with:
To be admitted to the M.S. in Cyber and Information Security program all applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited university.
Program Directors or Chair will make final evaluation of all student applications.
CORE COURSES: 12 credits
12 credits in:
SPECIALIZATION: (9 credits from one of the following tracks)
DATA & ANALYTICS:
All students will choose a Thesis or Capstone Option (6 credits)
Master’s Thesis Option: a) CYB 795 Thesis I (3 credits) plus CYB 796 Thesis II (3 credits)*
Capstone Option: CYB 790 Master’s Capstone Project( 3 credits) and one additional elective course (3 credits)
*Students who do not meet pre-requisites may need to take additional courses towards the 30 credit degree if they choose the thesis option.
Potential Elective courses that have not already been applied elsewhere in program credit requirements:
State-of-the-art learning resources: St. John’s has a newly constructed Cybersecurity lab and classrooms. There are additional financial resources available through a donor’s endowment to support students and faculty research and student engagement.
The program supports the core Vincentian values of compassion and service in providing students with technical skills that can be used to combat poverty, disease, crime, as well as provide solutions in healthcare. It will utilize new instructional labs in St. Augustine Hall to provide maximum support for students’ academic success.
The 30-credit M.S. degree program in Cyber and Information Security aims to prepare students with the required qualifications to become:
Dane Brown talks about
Who Tracks the Trackers?
Monday, April 11th, 2022 @ 4:30 PM
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Apple’s "Find My" protocol allows lost devices, such as Airtags, to relay their location to their owners via a network of over a billion active Apple devices. This presents a powerful capability for owners of these devices, but may also be a tool for malicious actors to cheaply and effectively track unknowing targets. Apple has introduced a feature known as “item safety alerts” to prevent Airtags from being used this way. We demonstrate that it is possible to create a custom device, with similar features to an Airtag in terms of cost, size and battery life, which can participate in Apple’s "Find My" network and be tracked via it, while not triggering any item safety alerts. This implies that Apple’s protection mechanism is insufficient. We suggest natural mitigations for two of our malicious tracker techniques but note that the third would require substantially altering the "Find My" protocol to defend against.
Dane Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Cyber Science Department at the United States Naval Academy. He holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering (USNA '05) and an M.S. in Computer Engineering (NPS '06). He completed a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (Virginia Tech '19) with a focus on analyzing the security of firmware in ARM environments.
TJ O'Connor Talks AboutA Case Against the Smart Things
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
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A myriad of security challenges has accompanied the rapid proliferation of internet-of-things (IoT) smart-home devices. While smart-home security cameras, locks, digital speakers, and thermostats offer the promise of security, their naïve implementations often introduce vulnerability into our digitally connected lives. We argue that the consumer demand for inexpensive IoT has led to a supply of grossly insecure devices. In this talk, we explore our lab’s research identifying various design and implementation flaws that we discovered. Further, we attempt to explain the root causes of these issues and discuss future work to offer greater transparency and control of IoT devices.
Dr. TJ O’Connor is the cybersecurity program chair at Florida Tech and former US Army Paratrooper. He leads a practice-based curriculum for cybersecurity and serves as the Lab Director for the IoT Security & Privacy Lab.
His research investigates information security education, the vulnerability of internet-of-things devices, wireless protocols, and software-defined networking.
Dr. O’Connor served 20 years as an Army Officer, retiring in 2019 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His service included an academic appointment to the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the US Military Academy and four assignments supporting the Special Forces from the tactical level in Afghanistan and culminated as the Chief Information Officer for the 1st Special Forces Command Headquarters.
Dr. O’Connor is active in cyber security competitions and is the current coach for the FITSec Cybersecurity Team and the US Cyber Games Team. In his free time, he enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, jet-skiing, and playing capture-the-flag games.
To learn more about TJ O'Connor, please visit his website at www.tjoconnor.org.
Anish Bachu Talks AboutCSIRT and Threat Intelligence/Threat Management
Monday, October 18th, 2021
1:50 - 3:50 pm
A National Computer/Cyber Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) is the focal point for incident management in their country and provides services and support for preventing, detecting, handling, and responding to cyber security incidents. This session will explore the technical operations of a national CSIRT taking deep dives into the areas of Threat Intelligence and Unified Threat Management.
Anish Bachu is an experienced cyber security professional attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Cyber Security Incident Response Team (TT-CSIRT) under the Ministry of National Security, Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. His duties cover many areas that include incident response, threat intelligence, security assessments of government systems and national cybersecurity and data protection policy.
Anish graduated from St. John’s University with his BSc in Cyber Security Systems in 2018 and his Masters of Business Administration in 2019. He is also a member of the Cyber Security Industry Program Advisory Board. Anish was a cofounder of SJUCYBER in 2016 and served as club president from 2017 to 2018.
The Presidential Management Fellowship Presents Learning About Becoming a Presidential Management Fellow Focusing in Cybersecurity
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Each year, candidates apply to the program in efforts to be selected as Finalists. Finalists are then eligible for appointment as Presidential Management Fellows (Fellows; PMFs).
To become a PMF, you must participate in an rigorous, multi-hurdle process. It takes patience and endurance, but also gives you a chance to demonstrate your leadership ability and potential. As a PMF, you will have earned your place in the program, and the opportunity to grow professionally, serve your country, and make a difference!
Tyson Brooks talks about
The Internet of ‘Insecured’ Things
Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has created a large network of billions of smart 'Things' communicating with each other. In the IoT, smart things are expected to become active participants in business, military, information, and social processes. The IoT has enabled the ability for smart devices to interact and communicate by exchanging data and information sensed about the environment and by reacting autonomously to the real/physical events with or without direct human intervention; however, there are also security implications for using this new technology. This talk will discuss the ‘Internet of Insecured Things’ through the anatomy of IoT environments and the various security implications within the IoT.
Dr. Tyson Brooks, works for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and is an adjunct professor in the iSchool at Syracuse University. Dr. Brooks has over 25 years of professional experience in the engineering design, architecture, and information security of complex information systems in the U.S. and overseas. Dr. Brooks' expertise and research includes work in the areas of offensive security, penetration testing, information security engineering, and cyber-security.
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