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Security Technologies Minor

Technological Leadership Institute
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Security Technologies Graduate Program, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota, 290 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455 (612-624-5474; fax: 612-624-7510)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 7
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The security technologies graduate program shapes tomorrow's analytical and risk management policy makers and innovators through a multi-disciplinary graduate program developed in response to growing demand in many levels of industry and government. Through a multidisciplinary systems approach, the program synthesizes core learning in four areas: security methods and foundations; application expertise (including cyber, bio, food, infrastructure, global supply chains); systems science (interdependency among critical networks, components, human capital, organizational dimensions); and social and policy dimensions. Through elective courses, students choose a learning track in either security systems technologies or security risk management. Students can further specialize through a range of elective courses. This program bridges disciplines to address local, regional, national, and global areas of need, seeding innovative capabilities while enabling interdisciplinary connections through direct links to industry, business, and government partners.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants for the minor must be enrolled in a degree program at the University of Minnesota and must be interviewed for admission (in person or by telephone) by the DGS or designate, except in rare circumstances where this requirement may be waived.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Minor Courses
Take 7 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ST 8109 - Cybersecurity Foundations - Technology, Risk & Communication (2.0 cr)
· ST 8110 - Security Science and Technology Foundations (3.0 cr)
· ST 8111 - Methods, Theory, and Applications (2.5 cr)
· ST 8113 - Information and Cyber Security (2.0 cr)
· ST 8200 - Special Topics in Security Technologies (0.5 cr)
· ST 8220 - Vulnerability, Risk and Threat Assessment and Management (3.0 cr)
· ST 8221 - Communications of Risk and Security (1.0 cr)
· ST 8330 - Critical Infrastructure Protections (3.0 cr)
· ST 8331 - Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation Tools (2.0 cr)
· ST 8440 - Security Practicum (0.5-2.0 cr)
· ST 8510 - Psychology/Behavior Intelligence for Homeland Security (2.0 cr)
· ST 8511 - Public Policy (1.0 cr)
· ST 8512 - Partnership in Conflict Management: Security/Privacy Law, Social Responsibility and Ethics (2.0 cr)
· ST 8661 - Securing Cyberspace (Fundamentals) (3.0 cr)
Doctoral
Minor Courses
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ST 8109 - Cybersecurity Foundations - Technology, Risk & Communication (2.0 cr)
· ST 8110 - Security Science and Technology Foundations (3.0 cr)
· ST 8111 - Methods, Theory, and Applications (2.5 cr)
· ST 8113 - Information and Cyber Security (2.0 cr)
· ST 8200 - Special Topics in Security Technologies (0.5 cr)
· ST 8220 - Vulnerability, Risk and Threat Assessment and Management (3.0 cr)
· ST 8221 - Communications of Risk and Security (1.0 cr)
· ST 8330 - Critical Infrastructure Protections (3.0 cr)
· ST 8331 - Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation Tools (2.0 cr)
· ST 8440 - Security Practicum (0.5-2.0 cr)
· ST 8510 - Psychology/Behavior Intelligence for Homeland Security (2.0 cr)
· ST 8511 - Public Policy (1.0 cr)
· ST 8512 - Partnership in Conflict Management: Security/Privacy Law, Social Responsibility and Ethics (2.0 cr)
· ST 8661 - Securing Cyberspace (Fundamentals) (3.0 cr)
 
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ST 8109 - Cybersecurity Foundations - Technology, Risk & Communication
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Explore cyber security risks through evaluation of consumer driven technology concepts and their applicability to enterprise. Core technology concepts that face both consumers and businesses. How technology works, how to understand and communicate risks to business management, deliver actionable risk mitigation approaches. Security standards and benchmarks that guide industry. This course is also open to non-ST graduate students and non-degree graduate students who may register with permission/consent from the ST program. (DGS, DGSA or teaching faculty.)
ST 8110 - Security Science and Technology Foundations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Essential areas of emerging science and pivotal technology disciplines for homeland security. Nanotechnology, sensor networks (biosensing, critical infrastructure protection), food and biosafety, cyber and control systems security, and secure energy technologies. Current state-of-the-art status for each technology, together with barriers and opportunities for commercialization. prereq: Admitted student in security technologies program
ST 8111 - Methods, Theory, and Applications
Credits: 2.5 [max 2.5]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods, theory, techniques and models for understanding risk and implementing security strategies. Processes, methods, and application of risk assessment and management. Approaches for building scenarios, assessing the effectiveness of alternative management strategies, and designing risk management and mitigation plans. Case studies/simulations. How to use emergency management tools, techniques, and resources.
ST 8113 - Information and Cyber Security
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Existing and emerging IT, cyber, communication networks, and coordination activities during emergencies. Technological and policy issues for the need to share information through the use of interoperable technologies and to rapidly collect and synthesize data in real time in order to achieve critical national security. In addition to MSST grad students this course is also open to non-ST graduate students and non-degree graduate students who may register with permission/consent from the ST program (DGS, DGSA or teaching faculty).
ST 8200 - Special Topics in Security Technologies
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Leaders in the field related to security technologies. Special speakers.
ST 8220 - Vulnerability, Risk and Threat Assessment and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles, methods, and practices of threat and vulnerability assessment/risk reduction. Integration of risk assessment and management principles into strategic planning/decision-making. Case studies. Examples of risk assessment/management. prereq: Admitted to MSST grad program
ST 8221 - Communications of Risk and Security
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analyze public speaking. How to be an effective listener, how to prepare for effective public speaking, how to be an effective writer, communicate by email, write for emphasis, tone, and business writing. prereq: MSST grad student
ST 8330 - Critical Infrastructure Protections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Systems risk analysis, engineering, economics, and public policy. Investigate infrastructure security/support design and management of complex civil infrastructure systems. Systems' vulnerability assessment, asset and risk management, investigation of infrastructure interdependencies and couplings, along with judicious analyses of policies. Contribution of science and technology to strategically enhance security/quality of life. prereq: MSST grad student
ST 8331 - Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation Tools
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Techniques for modeling complex systems and predicting and evaluating consequences, risks and the potential utility of interventions and countermeasures in the context of intentional disruption or use of the system as an attack vehicle. Importance of inter/intra system modeling. Variety of modeling approaches. How systems can be characterized focusing on the parameters that are important for consequence assessment, risk assessment, capability benchmarking, and decision support. Develop a systems and simulation-based approach to risk assessment, preparedness, intervention assessment, and problem solving.
ST 8440 - Security Practicum
Credits: 0.5 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Seminars and focused workshops on selected areas of security science and technology. prereq: Admitted to MSST grad program
ST 8510 - Psychology/Behavior Intelligence for Homeland Security
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Political, psychological, sociological, and economic foundations and dynamics of both terrorism and homeland security. Contemporary debates over terrorism, counterterrorism, and homeland security. Students develop their own (informed) perspectives.
ST 8511 - Public Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Key policies in the U.S. addressing safety and security of citizens, institutions, and systems. Complex network of actors/organizations involved in S&T and security-related areas and their multiple objectives and values. Legislative, policy, and organizational issues facing U.S. intelligence, business, academic, and S&T communities. Students reflect on how these issues relate to their own professional roles/experiences, as well as stakeholder communities with which they work. Consider a specific piece of security-related legislation/analyze associated policy problems and how they relate to security risks. Historical and contemporary examples used to illustrate related public policy questions.
ST 8512 - Partnership in Conflict Management: Security/Privacy Law, Social Responsibility and Ethics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
An exploration of challenges to American civil liberties and national security in times of terrorism. prereq: MSST grad student
ST 8661 - Securing Cyberspace (Fundamentals)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
The course is a two-course sequence which provides a comprehensive technical and logical foundation for defending an organization against cyber security threats. ST 8661 will be offered every fall and ST 8662 every spring.
ST 8109 - Cybersecurity Foundations - Technology, Risk & Communication
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Explore cyber security risks through evaluation of consumer driven technology concepts and their applicability to enterprise. Core technology concepts that face both consumers and businesses. How technology works, how to understand and communicate risks to business management, deliver actionable risk mitigation approaches. Security standards and benchmarks that guide industry. This course is also open to non-ST graduate students and non-degree graduate students who may register with permission/consent from the ST program. (DGS, DGSA or teaching faculty.)
ST 8110 - Security Science and Technology Foundations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Essential areas of emerging science and pivotal technology disciplines for homeland security. Nanotechnology, sensor networks (biosensing, critical infrastructure protection), food and biosafety, cyber and control systems security, and secure energy technologies. Current state-of-the-art status for each technology, together with barriers and opportunities for commercialization. prereq: Admitted student in security technologies program
ST 8111 - Methods, Theory, and Applications
Credits: 2.5 [max 2.5]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods, theory, techniques and models for understanding risk and implementing security strategies. Processes, methods, and application of risk assessment and management. Approaches for building scenarios, assessing the effectiveness of alternative management strategies, and designing risk management and mitigation plans. Case studies/simulations. How to use emergency management tools, techniques, and resources.
ST 8113 - Information and Cyber Security
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Existing and emerging IT, cyber, communication networks, and coordination activities during emergencies. Technological and policy issues for the need to share information through the use of interoperable technologies and to rapidly collect and synthesize data in real time in order to achieve critical national security. In addition to MSST grad students this course is also open to non-ST graduate students and non-degree graduate students who may register with permission/consent from the ST program (DGS, DGSA or teaching faculty).
ST 8200 - Special Topics in Security Technologies
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Leaders in the field related to security technologies. Special speakers.
ST 8220 - Vulnerability, Risk and Threat Assessment and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles, methods, and practices of threat and vulnerability assessment/risk reduction. Integration of risk assessment and management principles into strategic planning/decision-making. Case studies. Examples of risk assessment/management. prereq: Admitted to MSST grad program
ST 8221 - Communications of Risk and Security
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analyze public speaking. How to be an effective listener, how to prepare for effective public speaking, how to be an effective writer, communicate by email, write for emphasis, tone, and business writing. prereq: MSST grad student
ST 8330 - Critical Infrastructure Protections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Systems risk analysis, engineering, economics, and public policy. Investigate infrastructure security/support design and management of complex civil infrastructure systems. Systems' vulnerability assessment, asset and risk management, investigation of infrastructure interdependencies and couplings, along with judicious analyses of policies. Contribution of science and technology to strategically enhance security/quality of life. prereq: MSST grad student
ST 8331 - Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation Tools
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Techniques for modeling complex systems and predicting and evaluating consequences, risks and the potential utility of interventions and countermeasures in the context of intentional disruption or use of the system as an attack vehicle. Importance of inter/intra system modeling. Variety of modeling approaches. How systems can be characterized focusing on the parameters that are important for consequence assessment, risk assessment, capability benchmarking, and decision support. Develop a systems and simulation-based approach to risk assessment, preparedness, intervention assessment, and problem solving.
ST 8440 - Security Practicum
Credits: 0.5 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Seminars and focused workshops on selected areas of security science and technology. prereq: Admitted to MSST grad program
ST 8510 - Psychology/Behavior Intelligence for Homeland Security
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Political, psychological, sociological, and economic foundations and dynamics of both terrorism and homeland security. Contemporary debates over terrorism, counterterrorism, and homeland security. Students develop their own (informed) perspectives.
ST 8511 - Public Policy
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Key policies in the U.S. addressing safety and security of citizens, institutions, and systems. Complex network of actors/organizations involved in S&T and security-related areas and their multiple objectives and values. Legislative, policy, and organizational issues facing U.S. intelligence, business, academic, and S&T communities. Students reflect on how these issues relate to their own professional roles/experiences, as well as stakeholder communities with which they work. Consider a specific piece of security-related legislation/analyze associated policy problems and how they relate to security risks. Historical and contemporary examples used to illustrate related public policy questions.
ST 8512 - Partnership in Conflict Management: Security/Privacy Law, Social Responsibility and Ethics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
An exploration of challenges to American civil liberties and national security in times of terrorism. prereq: MSST grad student
ST 8661 - Securing Cyberspace (Fundamentals)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
The course is a two-course sequence which provides a comprehensive technical and logical foundation for defending an organization against cyber security threats. ST 8661 will be offered every fall and ST 8662 every spring.