Northeastern University Master of Professional Studies in Informatics

Rapid changes in information technology and global competition are forcing organizations to reconsider what it takes to sustain a competitive advantage. These shifting demands pose ever-greater challenges for IT professionals. Northeastern's Master of Professional Studies in Informatics is the result of a collaboration with the College of Computer and Information Sciences. It is designed to provide IT professionals or those individuals taking on IT oversight responsibilities with up-to date knowledge, skills, and values essential to both the private and public sectors.

The Master of Professional Studies in Informatics is built on an integrated set of courses that includes broad exposure to technical knowledge, the application of information systems, and the organizational and managerial context of information technology. This conceptual foundation is augmented with career-focused specializations to provide depth and content-specific expertise in an area of interest to the student.

Evan joined Northeastern as a part-time faculty member in 2009 after completing his own Masters degree in the Information Assurance program at Northeastern. He has adapted his traditional classroom approach to the virtual environment by leveraging the latest in multimedia technologies and advances in teaching techniques. The use of multimedia in education has long been a passion and hobby for Evan, and now he is getting the chance to apply his experience and creativity in an online classroom setting. He first started teaching the Foundations of Information Security Management course as a specialization class in the Fall of 2009. As part of his preparation for this position, Evan completed an intensive 2 week E-Learning certification course, and is now a Certified E-Learning Instructor for Northeastern.

This course is currently running and the next session will be offered in the Winter session.

Find more information about this graduate program here: Master of Professional Studies in Informatics.


ITC6300 - Foundations of Information Security Management

Semester: Winter 2010
Schedule: Online
Campus: Virtual Campus
Course Site:

Course Description:
Provides a conceptual overview of information security management and information assurance (IA). Topics covered at an introductory level include information security and information assurance principles, information technology security issues, and security technologies and processes. Governance issues include policy, law, ethics, standards, as well as organizational models and communications. Risk management issues include risk assessment, threats, vulnerabilities, and security life-cycle management.

Textbook: Information Assurance: Managing Organizational IT Risks (1st Edition); Boyce; Butterworth-Heinemann; ISBN 0750673273

Course Outcomes:
Students will have the opportunity to become conversant with the core principles of Information Security and learn how these principles guide the implementation of policies and practices intended to ensure the availability, confidentiality, integrity and accountability of information.

Course Methodology:
Each week, you will be expected to:

  1. Review the week's learning objectives
  2. Complete all assigned readings
  3. Complete all lecture materials for the week
  4. Participate in the Discussion Board
  5. Complete and submit all assignments and tests by the due dates

Each week I will post current events in the Information Security field to the "Security News" discussion board. I encourage you to read these articles and news items to better understand the latest developments in the field.

Download the current Course Syllabus for more information.