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To show how long the idea of computer security will be around, Georgia Tech’s College of Computing created a new Master of Science in Information Security.
The program will be available online in a distance learning format, a flexible degree option for working information security professionals who want more than industry certification.
Right now Georgia Tech is the only university of its class certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education that offers the degree in an online format.
“Because of the growing sophistication of threats we face in cyber space, organizations that both build new security solutions and those that must utilize such solutions to protect their information technology assets will need qualified IS professionals with advanced knowledge of the field to address new security challenges,” said Mustaque Ahamad, professor in the College of Computing’s School of Computer Science and Director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center. “An organization’s reputation rests on its ability to safeguard its information and remain compliant with regulatory requirements. This requires a much broader, deeper understanding of the field than a certificate can supply.”
Right now officials said 30 candidates per year could enroll into the distance program. Georgia Tech currently has over 25 faculty actively engaged in information security research.
“The rigor, breadth and depth of Georgia Tech’s MS in information security degree program comprehensively prepares students for the high level of accountability that information security leaders have in today’s environment,” said Christopher Rouland, chief executive of Endgame and former chief technology officer of IBM Internet Security Systems.
The new online degree program offers the same course rigor and academic discipline found in the traditional on-campus curriculum. Each student must complete seven core courses and three additional courses in a self-selected technical or policy specialization. Core areas of study include information security, applied cryptography, network security, secure computer systems, and strategies and policies. The technical specialization examines the dimensions of providing security for information processing systems, including secure operating systems and applications, network security, cryptography, and security protocols. The policy concentration focuses on non-technical possibilities of information processing and security, including domestic and international policy processes, organizational routines and innovation, risk perception, industry-government relations, and the constitutional framework for governmental actions. The student must also complete an applied research project.
For more information, click on Georgia Tech Master’s in Security.

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