According to the University of Southern California:
|The Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering is intended for graduate students who desire to: a) obtain jobs in which computer network operations knowledge and skills are required; b) continue an education path toward a doctorate degree with focus on information security. It is also for individuals who are in degree programs or job fields that have some responsibility with information security and desire enhanced knowledge and skills. The degree focuses on the fundamentals of developing, engineering and operating secure information systems. Students will be well versed in the challenges and problems of secure operating systems, secure applications, secure networking, use of cryptography and key management. They will understand how to develop a security policy and how policy drives technology decisions. Students will have hands-on experience in situations that simulate real world scenarios with all technical and theoretical situations through extensive laboratory work, which are designed by current and former information security practitioners.