A SAFER WORLD STARTS WITH YOU
Master of Science in Information Security Policy & Management (MSISPM)
Preventing electronic intrusion of the nation’s most critical IT networks. De-incentivizing piracy of online music and movies. Empowering private citizens to safeguard their information and protect their online identities. These are the problems of our age. And these are the problems that students in Heinz College’s Master of Science in Information Security Policy & Management (MSISPM) program study and solve.
Carnegie Mellon University has long been a national asset in cybersecurity. The field is growing at an unprecedented rate and needs talented leaders—our graduates' starting salaries are a proof of that. Many organizations now have a Chief Information Security Officer, a role which will continue to gain in influence for years to come. With our blend of technology and management skills, Heinz College graduates are perfectly positioned to take advantage of this dramatic shift.
Taught by Heinz College faculty as well as leading practitioners from the CERT Division of CMU's internationally renowned Software Engineering Institute, our MSISPM brings students into contact with world-class thought leaders and hands-on experiences that simply cannot be replicated by any other degree program.
Heinz College is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Some of the world’s greatest challenges, that our faculty and students are working to solve:
- Developing software that detects deepfakes
- Securing critical financial data with blockchain
- Keeping companies safe from insider threats
- Combatting cybercrime by using automation to turn threat intelligence into actionable data
- Disrupting money laundering that supports terrorism
- Deploying knowledge graphs to help the financial industry prioritize threat alerts
- Preventing piracy of movies and music
- Safeguarding critical infrastructure, from power grids and water supplies to voter rolls
- Closing the cybersecurity job gap in the community
- Defending children from online predators
Stories of Impact
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Carnegie Mellon University is one of only 11 colleges and universities designated by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in all three focus areas: Cyber Defense (CD), Cyber Operations (CO), and Research (R). The CAE programs promote higher education and research in the critical area of cybersecurity.
Our Story: Niall and Kaylee
Niall and Kaylee White are originally from Utah, and they both came to Carnegie Mellon University for graduate school. Learn why the MSISPM program was the right fit for Niall.
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI works with organizations to improve software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership.
The CERT Division of SEI is a national asset in the field of cybersecurity, the world’s leading trusted authority dedicated to improving the security and resilience of computer systems and networks.
Our faculty are thought leaders at the vanguard of cyber policy and innovation.