Management of Technology – Cybersecurity, M.S. | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Management of Technology – Cybersecurity, M.S.


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Shape Your Future in Cybersecurity with the MOT Online Master's Program

The MOT Master's program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering develops leaders for the technologies of the future. It offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, which is what the holistic business environment is about. Students have the opportunity to self-customize their studies based on their personal and professional interests, and cybersecurity is among their choices. The MOT degree with a focus on cybersecurity approaches the field from three main perspectives: technology, strategy, and management.

Your background does not have to be in computer science

MOT is a multidisciplinary program. Neither a technical background nor a management or business background is required; however, you should have a keen interest in all of these areas. We welcome professionals from all backgrounds, including social science, mathematics, law, economics, business, all engineering disciplines, and more. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university before their program start date. GRE or GMAT is not required for part-time students.

Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that organizations will spend $1 trillion on digital security projects by 2021!

Gain the expertise to lead in the area at the intersection of business and cybersecurity and be introduced to the community of cybersecurity experts. The MOT program boasts some really unique options for combining technical courses with strategy and management courses. Learn how to analyze cybersecurity threats, trends and strategies, and evaluate computer networks and systems in light of best practices in cybersecurity. Complement your cybersecurity knowledge with business skills such as strategic planning, technology strategy, and organizational entrepreneurship.

Program Details

This is a 100% online program based on student-faculty interaction

The MOT online program offers highly flexible enrollment options for working students. Online courses feature live and self-paced components, combining the flexibility of distance learning with the structure of weekly, synchronous class meetings. The 36-credit program curriculum includes twelve credits of core courses that cover the fundamentals of business, six credits at the intersection of cybersecurity and business, nine credits of additional graduate cybersecurity computer science courses, one elective from the tech management tools area, one free elective and a three-credit culminating capstone experience. The capstone takes place over the program's final semester and requires candidates to complete an in-depth research paper or project.

The capstone emphasizes security operations and leadership, requiring students to compile a portfolio of coursework and reflect on their overall program learning. The MOT degree with a focus on cybersecurity management is supported by faculty who are available to work with you online or on-campus in MetroTech Brooklyn. Enrollees can begin taking classes in the fall, spring, or summer, and full- time students can complete the program in four semesters.

Cybersecurity Curriculum

Technology Management and Innovation techniques are most effective when they complement the overall strategic posture adopted by the firm by incorporating technological opportunities into strategic thinking. Learn how to study the internal and external environment of a firm to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

3 Credits Organizational Behavior MG-GY6013
Introduction to theory, research and practice to better understand human behavior in organizations. Topics include motivation and job satisfaction; decision making; group dynamics; work teams; leadership; communication; power, politics and conflict; organization culture, structure and design; impact of technology; management of work stress; organizational change and development; and career management. Analysis of organizational behavior problems by self assessments, case studies and simulations.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Economics and Strategy MG-GY6023
This is a course in Economics, Strategy and the Firm with a primary focus on the needs of managers. It draws upon a range of concepts and tools from the fields of Industrial Organization and Strategic Management to review the cognitive building blocks that provide an economic foundation to strategic thinking. Strategy is ultimately about value creation and capture of economic value. Value-based strategies show that a firm that introduces a technological innovation creates value, and if it fails to protect it from competition it will be driven out of business. This basic level of insight is linked to the rich tradition in economics to untangle some ambiguities surrounding these concepts and provide a deeper understanding of strategic decisions made by managers within the bounds imposed by competition.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing
3 Credits Financial Analysis for Technology Managers MG-GY6033
The course will focus upon accounting issues as well as financing and investment functions/decisions of the financial manager as applied to practical real world situations. We will first cover basic concepts of accounting (including cost accounting); as well as basic concepts of finance. Some of the course will involve analysis of actual case studies of real business situations. In the process of analyzing the cases students will be able to apply these accounting and finance concepts to actual business problems and their solutions.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing
3 Credits Global Innovation MG-GY7953
This course focuses on global technology-enabled innovation. Topics covered include accessing global sources of innovation, coordination and organization of activities worldwide, new product development globally, the role of revitalized global R&D, growing prominence of IT and e-Business in global innovation, and the role of alliances and linkages with customers, suppliers and other third parties.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing

The modern technology manager possesses critical managerial skills and techniques to most efficiently support firm goals and objectives. Select three courses from the technology tools area to start building a self-customized curriculum. 

3 Credits Operations Management MG-GY6303
This course focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the role that operations management plays in determining business strategy and in developing competitive advantage. The primary emphasis is on how to develop and effectively manage operations in knowledge-intensive enterprises. Participants discuss the operational design and managerial implications when the emphasis of the operations group is more on knowledge management than on production and facilities management; managing the effective integration of technology, people and operating systems; understanding the complexities and challenges of operations management; the challenges of developing and managing supply chain networks; and the critical role of technology in developing operational capabilities in an organization.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Marketing MG-GY6073
This course emphasizes the imperative to be customer-focused in the information sectors. Topics include market definition and redefinition due to technological change; analysis of customer decisions; strategic choices of markets and products; positioning for competitive success; product pricing, distribution and communications decisions; new product development; market-system dynamics and the value chain.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Human Resource Management Systems MG-GY8303
The workforce or the "human" resource is the one resource that cannot be copied by a company's competitors. As such, the management of the Human Resource is most critical in the eventual survival of any organization. The role of technology as a point of leverage will greatly enhance the ability of the HR staff and management in harnessing the Human Resource, such that it supports the company's goals, strategies and thus its resultant performance, economically and ethically. Topics include specific functions and processes within the HR function such as recruiting, performance management, benefits administration and government compliance, as well as an understanding of the overall objective of the function itself in helping any organization achieve and maintain success and profitability

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Management of Information Technology and Information Systems MG-GY6503
This course is designed for managers who need to understand the role and potential contribution of information technologies in organizations. The focus of the course is on different information technologies and their applications in managing business critical data, information and knowledge. The course concentrates on the current state of IT in organizations, challenges and strategic use of IT, IT infrastructure and architecture, building, implementing and managing IT applications, and emerging issues such as intelligent systems, business process reengineering, knowledge management and group support systems.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing
3 Credits Statistics for Data Analysts MG-GY6193
The course is an excellent introduction to statistical tools used in any aspect of business. It covers thoroughly key probability concepts and statistical techniques used in the analysis of financial, economic and accounting data. In addition to descriptive statistics, probability, and hypothesis testing, this course also covers regression analysis and time series analysis with an emphasis on model formulation and interpretation of results. The use of spreadsheets (to facilitate most of the analysis in this class) will be introduced and developed as well through case studies based on real-world data and problems in business and economics, so you will have acquired a working knowledge of spreadsheet after this class. The focus is on understanding underlying concepts rather than on memorizing mathematical formulas while the lectures concentrate on statistical concepts and applications using spreadsheets rather than rigorous math proof for the entire semester.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Communication for Technology Managers MG-GY6183
This highly interactive and participative experience introduces powerful concepts and approaches for effective technical communication, strategy, and delivery. Deliverables will include written documents and oral presentations. You will present both individually and in a team, and will receive feedback to improve your presentation effectiveness.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
3 Credits Data Visualization for Business Intelligence MG-GY6203
Huge volumes of data are generated, stored and analyzed to drive complex technical and business decisions by providing actionable insights. To achieve this end-users across the industry, need to visualize the data in diverse representations and perform explanatory and exploratory analysis. The course will provide a graduate-level introduction to Data Visualization, as a human perception friendly approach to convey concepts and analysis based on appropriately presented field data. It will systematically introduce building blocks, including types of data, visual elements and design approaches with many examples; provide a basic introduction to the latest visualization software tools as well as programming technologies, such as R and D3; and review several case studies of their application in producing business intelligence.
3 Credits Supply Chain Management MG-GY6463
This course introduces supply-chain management and covers its qualitative and quantitative aspects. The underlying objective is to: (1) introduce students to the standard business concepts (and associated terminology) involved in the retailing and supply-chain management; (2) develop skills in understanding and analyzing retailing, marketing, logistics, operations, channel management and allied issues and the interactions between them; and (3) examine and discuss the important role played by technology and integration at various points in the supply chain.
Prerequisite: graduate standing.
1.5 Credits Internship for MS I CP-GY9911
Internship is a supervised, creative experience that provides full-time graduate students with the opportunity to enhance and augment classroom learning experiences in their field of study. The experience culminates in written reports, from the student, to the faculty supervisors as well as written reports from the supervisor.
Prerequisites: Advisor's approval.
1.5 Credits Internship for MS II CP-GY9921
Internship is a supervised, creative experience that provides full-time graduate students with the opportunity to enhance and augment classroom learning experiences in their field of study. The experience culminates in written reports, from the student, to the faculty supervisors as well as written reports from the supervisor.
Prerequisites: Advisor's approval and CP-GY 9911
3 Credits Internship and Action Learning MG-GY9683
This course provides graduate students the opportunity to work in an organization relevant to their field of interest in an action-learning context under faculty supervision. It exposes graduate students to relevant, state-of-the-art and best practices in modern management from the perspective of reflective involvement and interaction in the field. Students submit a paper and oral presentation based on work accomplishments as well as a review of written evaluation by the onsite supervisor. This course may be taken only once.
Prerequisite: Approval of Program Director

Cybersecurity for Business

Senior business leaders, middle managers, and system administrators should understand and recognize the importance of both detecting and mitigating cyber threats and attacks. Learn how to combine technical knowledge, strategy and management techniques to analyze Cybersecurity threats, trends and strategies. Learn how to evaluate computer networks and systems to develop best practices in Cybersecurity. 

Select 9 credits from list of courses offered by the Computer Science Department.

3 Credits Information, Security and Privacy CS-GY6813
This course introduces Information Systems Security and covers cryptography, capability and access control mechanisms, authentication models, security models, operating systems security, malicious code, security-policy formation and enforcement, vulnerability analysis, evaluating secure systems.
Prerequisite: Competency in Application Development in UNIX and Windows Environments, Graduate status. *Online version available.
3 Credits Network Security CS-GY6823
This course begins by covering attacks and threats in computer networks, including network mapping, port scanning, sniffing, DoS, DDoS, reflection attacks, attacks on DNS and leveraging P2P deployments for attacks. The course continues with cryptography topics most relevant to secure networking protocols. Topics covered are block ciphers, stream ciphers, public key cryptography, RSA, Diffie Hellman, certification authorities, digital signatures and message integrity. After surveying basic cryptographic techniques, the course examines several secure networking protocols, including PGP, SSL, IPsec and wireless security protocols. The course examines operational security, including firewalls and intrusion-detection systems. Students read recent research papers on network security and participate in an important lab component that includes packet sniffing, network mapping, firewalls, SSL and IPsec.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and EL-GY 5363:* Online version available.
3 Credits Computer Networking CS-GY6843
This course takes a top-down approach to computer networking. After an overview of computer networks and the Internet, the course covers the application layer, transport layer, network layer and link layers. Topics at the application layer include client-server architectures, P2P architectures, DNS and HTTP and Web applications. Topics at the transport layer include multiplexing, connectionless transport and UDP, principles or reliable data transfer, connection-oriented transport and TCP and TCP congestion control. Topics at the network layer include forwarding, router architecture, the IP protocol and routing protocols including OSPF and BGP. Topics at the link layer include multiple-access protocols, ALOHA, CSMA/CD, Ethernet, CSMA/CA, wireless 802.11 networks and linklayer switches. The course includes simple quantitative delay and throughput modeling, socket programming and network application development and Ethereal labs.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and CS-UY 2134.

Capstone courses are designed to give students the chance to showcase the knowledge they have acquired throughout their education to a real-world situation. Students are required to take one capstone course during the final semester. 

3 Credits MOT Capstone Project Course MG-GY9503
This course provides an integrative and state-of-the-art intellectual experience for participants at the conclusion of the program. The course is divided into two half semesters. The first half semester enables participants to focus on discerning the overarching trends which are driving innovation in various industry sectors. The class is divided into small groups each of which develops a comprehensive view of a particular industry sector. In the second half of the course, participants focus on the culminating project of the IM program. Participants can choose to do their final projects on firms, issues related to technology management or as an outgrowth of the emphasis on entrepreneurship in the program, a business plan. Participants are encouraged to employ relevant concepts and insights that they have acquired during the course of the program.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
MS Thesis in Technology Management MG-GY997X Independent Study
Students choose original investigation topics for their theses. While they conduct research and draft their theses, students are required to confer with their advisers and to submit progress reports. A final written report is required at completion. The department may request an oral examination.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and approval of supervising professor, adviser and department chair.

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the cybersecurity field to increase 32% between 2018 and 2028!

As cyber threats and attacks continue to escalate in the U.S. and internationally, expert cybersecurity professionals are in high demand and play a crucial role in the safety of our future. As more businesses move to online transactions and web-based platforms, sensitive customer information and valuable business data are more at risk of security breaches. For companies to conduct business in the digital age, they need specialists who know how to thwart cyber-attacks and how to safeguard customer information.

Career Opportunities

  • Cybersecurity Manager

  • Digital Security Project Manager

  • Network/Systems Administrator

  • Security Architect

  • Organizational Development Specialist

  • Information Assurance Executive

  • Cybersecurity Policy Specialist

  • Cybersecurity Network Analyst

  • Compliance Analyst

  • Information Security Manager

  • Cyber Risk Analyst

  • Cybersecurity Engineer