Security Engineering

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Government organizations, industries, and society as a whole, are incredibly dependent on their information infrastructure, storage, and networks. Sabotage into information resources of almost any government agency, especially the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, or the Department of Commerce will compromise, if not paralyze, its functioning. Among industry, any enterprise that stores of transmits financial or personal data is most susceptible to breaches in information security – good targets with severe implications – and any transaction-based enterprise is susceptible to losing business if the transactions are compromised in any way for any length of time. Health care, financial and insurance sectors are good examples of those most effected by information safety or lack thereof. With the enormous penetration of e-commerce, even individual consumers are affected by disruptions or unauthorized access which render their information assets

To address these ever-increasing challenges, SMU Lyle’s degree in Security Engineering focuses on educating individuals who can design secure systems and applications, protecting both private and public information and complex communications infrastructures that demand security assurance.

The Lyle Engineering Difference

The Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering is a selective, premier center of learning for aspiring professionals who will lead the techno-business world into the future. Centered in Dallas, one of the country’s most vibrant cities, SMU Lyle combines topnotch technical expertise with an emphasis on management, entrepreneurship, and humanities to yield a foundation for success in an ever-changing global business climate.

Why the Weekend Format?

Our Weekend Format Program is built around small class sizes, highly knowledgeable instructors, team projects and programs, and education that goes beyond the basics to produce truly imaginative and innovative professional leaders.


Class meetings take place at American Airlines Training Center near DFW Airport. The modern meeting and conference center is located at the heart of the DFW area and is easily accessible from all corners of the metroplex.

Example Curriculum

Security Engineering

10 Courses   
Course 1  Computer Systems Security 
Course 2  Operating Systems and Systems Software 
Course 3  Data And Network Security 
Course 4  Software Security 
Course 5  Software Testing and Quality Assurance 
Course 6  Advanced Network and System Security* 
Course 7  Advanced Software Security* 
Course 8  Information Systems Security Engineering* 
Course 9  Border and Transporation Security* 
Course 10  Digital Forensics* 

*Electives subject to change by department

Sabrina Gonzalez
Sabrina Gonzalez
Associate Director Graduate Education and Recruitment
Distance, Military, Campus, and Weekend Formats 
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