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New academic agreement to bring graduate students to Harrisburg University, USA

A new agreement between Christ Academy Institute for Advanced Studies and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will make a U.S. education accessible to overseas students.

Under the agreement between Christ Academy  and Harrisburg University , bachelor’s graduates from the India-based school can pursue a M.S. in Cybersecurity Operations and Control Management at Harrisburg U. 

“At HU, I’m sure that our students will have an experience of a lifetime. They will personally, professionally and academically grow in ways they may not even have ever imagined. And all the more, they will be exploring a different culture from their own while earning their degree,” says Dr. Fr. Babu Paul, Principal, Christ Academy Institute for Advanced Studies.

“This creates more opportunities so even more of the best and brightest students from India can study here, enriching our campus and community,” says Dr. Eric Darr, President, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  “The students from Christ Academy are academically prepared for the rigor of graduate studies and we are looking forward to having them join our classrooms.”

Known for creating a welcoming environment for international students, Harrisburg University is home to more than 4,000 international students from more than 102 countries pursing graduate studies. 

Harrisburg University expects to welcome the first students from Christ Academy in Spring 2023

ABOUT CHRIST ACADEMY

Christ Academy, Bangalore, belongs to a network of educational institutions administered by the members of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) who pioneered the cause of social uplift through their service in the fields of education and various other humanitarian activities for more than a century and a half. Christ Academy Institute for Advanced Studies, a great academic fraternity formed as a part of a precious CMI heritage, has a great heart and passion for serving the higher educational needs of its students through its bachelor and graduate degree programs. For more information: www.caias.in

ABOUT HARRISBURG UNIVERSITY

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private nonprofit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields. For more information on the University’s affordable demand-driven undergraduate and graduate programs, call 717-901-5146 or email, Connect@HarrisburgU.edu. Follow on Twitter (@HarrisburgU) and Facebook (Facebook.com/HarrisburgU).

INTERNATIONAL  PROGRAMME NODAL OFFICER

Dr.Sangeetha Govinda  (Co-odinator)

Email : sangeetha@caias.in

 

About the Programme

MASTER OF SCIENCE

CYBERSECURITY OPERATIONS AND CONTROL MANAGEMENT

The 36-semester hour Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity Operations and Control Management focuses on architecture and engineering of computer network security.

PROGRAM GOALS

The student acquires the skills to secure network information, design computer security architecture, and data security engineering as well as obtain leadership skills, understanding of ethics, and compliance knowledge.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Operations and Control Management program will be able to:

  • Examine the many aspects and ramifications of the internet and the wide spectrum of applications;
  • Differentiate the working elements of computer networks and infrastructures;
  • Apply the latest advances in internet security to protect the networks for a variety of applications;
  • Investigate emerging technologies of complex contemporary security measures; and,
  • Explore common ethical and public policy problems that arise and how technology/law solve them.

PROGRAM CONCENTRATION

Cybersecurity and Cyber Warfare

PROGRAM COURSES

The following courses comprise the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Operations and Control Management – 36 semester hours. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

CYOM 503 – PRINCIPLES OF COMPUTER NETWORKING (3 credits)

Information networking lays the groundwork for analysis of concepts that form the foundation to study Cybersecurity. The Internet contains a constant flow of information in the form of packets over interconnected network devices. This topic covers protocols, software, hardware, and functions that support networking services, such as switching/routing, virtual networking concepts, domain name services, directory services, and other Internet required protocols.

CYOM 521 – CYBERSECURITY ARCHITECTURE AND RESILIENCY (3 credits)

To understand security architecture, you must first understand architecture in general. At first glance, security and architecture are diametrically opposed. Security is freedom from, or resilience against, potential harm. Architecture is meant to build things up to make them more useful. Security architecture is the design, development, and implementation of resilient networks and systems to protect the information that is stored, transmitted, and processed.

CYOM 535 – PRINCIPLES OF CLOUD SECURITY (3 credits)

This course provides guidelines for data security utilizing cloud computing by determining the boundaries of the cloud service provider (CSP) responsible for ensuring that customer data is properly secured. Depending on the cloud services (i.e. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS), the security of the data is the responsibility of the Cloud Service Consumer (CSC) themselves. For example, in some cases the CSP may be responsible for restricting access to the data, while the CSC remains responsible for deciding which cloud service users (CSUs) should have access to it, and the behavior of any scripts or applications with which the CSU processes the data. This course identifies the security controls protecting CSC data that can be used in the different stages of the full data lifecycle.

CYOM 569 – SECURING SOFTWARE AND APPLICATION ENVIRONMENTS (3 credits)

Cybersecurity for applications and software provides the security architecture as it applies to the continuous development and deployment of application and software. This course demonstrates the techniques to improve the organization’s security at every level, including the application and software layer. By combining development operations and security with consideration for cloud services, an integrated approach is used to ensure the cyber protections are implemented at all levels of the infrastructure. This course will provide the skills to implement security at each layer, such as web application, cloud infrastructure, communication, and service delivery. Topics include exploring core security aspects of blocking attacks, fraud detection, cloud forensics, and incident response. Additionally, cybersecurity topics on extending development operations (DevSecOps) security practices, risk assessment, threat modeling, and continuous security monitoring.

CYOM 599 – LEADERSHIP, ETHICS, AND COMPLIANCE IN CYBERSECURITY INDUSTRY (3 credits)

In this course, the student will explore leadership and ethical business decision making as related to the use of technology. Ethical obligations have both a professional and a personal dimension. Each are essential to consider; without a sense of personal ethics, one would be indifferent to their effect on the lives of others in circumstances where one’s professional code is silent. Personal leadership helps us to be sure that we take full responsibility for our moral choices and their consequences. This course addresses professional leadership and ethics in information technology as it applies to practical business managers and systems. This course teaches the student how to gain knowledge and understanding of a number of aspects, including: the types of harms the public can suffer as result of misuse of information technology; the importance of an individual privacy of information; legal and constitutional rights to protect information; and obligations of organizations to protect the public and ethical decision making.

CYOM 661 – PRINCIPLES OF CYBERSECURITY & CYBER WARFARE (3 credits)

The course introduces the student to the interdisciplinary field of cybersecurity. Topics include the evolution of information security into cybersecurity and exploring the relationship of cybersecurity to organizations and society. Analysis of the threats and risks to/in these environments are examined. The ultimate goal of this course is for the student to acquire the advanced knowledge required to develop the skills needed to integrate knowledge from this course into a workplace environment. Cross-listed with CISC 661.

CYOM 662 – ETHICAL HACKING DEVELOPMENT LAB (3 credits)

This course integrates cyber risk management into day-to-day operations. Additionally, it enables an enterprise to be prepared to respond to the inevitable cyber incident, restore normal operations and ensure that the enterprise assets and the enterprise’s reputation are protected. This course focuses the student on a broad range of topics relative to the tools used to protect the enterprise from today’s cyber-threats. The intent is to focus on creating risk-based assessment tools for modeling approaches to solve cybersecurity issues, so organizations can build security framework and sustain a healthy security posture. This course analyzes external and internal security threats, failed systems development and system processes, and explores their respective risk mitigation solutions through policies, best practices, operational procedures, and government regulations. Cross-listed with CISC 662.

CYOM 663 – CYBER RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

This course integrates knowledge accumulated from the prerequisites and serves as a capstone for the concentration in Computer Security. Attention is focused on the techniques for protecting critical information infrastructures and the process of identifying the risk to data and information using case studies, application development, and systems assessment. Cross-listed with CISC 663.

CYOM 683 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN CYBERSECURITY OPERATIONS AND CONTROL MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

This course explores a topic or collection of topics of special interest that is timely and in response to critical or emerging topics in the broad field of Cybersecurity Operations and Control Management.

CYOM 693 – CURRENT TOPICS IN CYBERSECURITY OPERATIONS AND CONTROL MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

This course explores a topic or collection of current topics that are timely and in response to critical or emerging topics in the broad field of Cybersecurity Operations and Control Management.

CYOM 699 – APPLIED PROJECT IN CYBERSECURITY OPERATIONS AND CONTROL MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

This course allows the student to pursue an area of interest that is within the broad scope of Cybersecurity Operations and Control Management. A faculty member will supervise this study.

GRAD 695 – RESEARCH METHODOLOGY & WRITING (3 credits)

This course guides the student to develop and finalize a selected research problem and to construct a proposal that effectively establishes the basis for either writing a thesis or launching an experiential capstone project. The course provides an overview of strategies for effective problem investigation and solution proposal. Research methodology is studies and applied as part of suggesting a solution to a problem. Writing and formatting techniques are also explored and applied as a communication tool for cataloging the investigation and recommending the solution.


Admission

Students shall enroll as part of a cohort at HU as graduate students after successfully completing a 3-year Indian bachelor’s degree. The Indian degree requires evaluation by the World Education System (WES) prior to students’ admission and again whenever there are changes to the curriculum already evaluated. Student’s transcripts would also be evaluated by the HU registrar individually prior to and as a condition of acceptance. The decision to admit is solely that of HU. Based on the WES report, CA students may be required to supplement their courses for any gaps that might remain in their academic background. Cohorts are defined as a group of students that originate from the same institution and program.

The following standards for admission must be met to enter in the program:

  1. completion of at least 75 semester hours toward the Bachelor of Science degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in all computer and information sciences and mathematics courses attempted; and
  2. completion of all computer and information sciences Core requirements for the bachelor of science degree.
  3. The student should complete and submit the Graduate Education Application for Admission when 75 semester hours have been earned. Required supporting documents include current academic transcript and a recommendation from the student’s academic advisor.

Housing for Indian International Student Partnership

Functional Area: Student Services

Office of Student Life

Students from India will get the same level of services and support as our traditional students when it comes to housing services. At HU they have a variety of on-campus housing options. Living in on-campus housing is not mandatory and is dependent on current vacancies.

HU  offers students three options for residential housing:

  • Option A. is a two-bedroom unit shared by two students. Students each get their own bedrooms and share the common areas such as kitchen, bathroom, and living room.

Description: 2 bed/1 bath shared by 2 students - $4,650, plus $300 security deposit (12-month housing available.

  • Option B. is a one-bedroom unit shared by two students. Students share the bedroom with each other along with all other common areas as such as kitchen, bathroom, and living room.

Description: 1 bed/1 bath shared by 2 students - $3,670, plus $300 security deposit (12-month housing available.

  • Option C. is a two-bedroom unit shared by four students. Students share the bedroom, two students per bedroom, along with all other common areas as such as kitchen, bathroom, and living room.
  • 2 bed/1 bath shared by 4 students - $3,070, plus $300 security deposit (12-month housing available.

HU’s residential housing units are located 1 block from the Academic Center and Strawberry Square. We offer a variety of amenities to students. we offer full apartment style living, fully furnished along with a host of HU services for the comfort, safety, and wellbeing of our students. some are listed in the chart below:

Amenities

Furnishings

Full kitchens with ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, full size fridges and pantry

Bedding provided – twin extra long

Central air control (HVAC) per unit

Drawer and dresser

Wi-Fi internet per unit

Sofa and lounge furniture

In-site laundry

Coffee and end tables

Gym, pool, social and business lounges

Dining table and chairs

HU Housing Benefits:

  • Housing On-call System – Resident Assistants and Professional staff provide onsite support for emergencies such as: medical issues, apartment issues (lockouts, unit repair needs), mental health referrals, any other housing student issues, or emergencies.
  • Campus events and being part of the bigger HU community – students are welcome to participate in HU student events, go on student trips and be part of a growing community of learners. Students can participate and help shape events and activities and join student clubs and organizations.

More information can be found on our SharePoint Pages:

  • An off-campus list of housing around downtown Harrisburg is available upon request

    We know preparing to leave home and travel overseas to study is a big decision. You may be excited and maybe even a little anxious. We’re here to help.

    Once again we congratulate you on choosing Christ Academy and look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant and engaging student and academic community.

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