Fighting Cyber Crime with New Graduate Degree

Published: December 29, 2015 | Author: Jessica Young | Read Time: 2 minutes

SUU new graduate degree in cyber security Southern Utah University has broken ground on new educational opportunities in the field of cyber security by launching its master’s of science in cyber security and information assurance, desperately filling a need for more information security officers to protect organizations from detrimental cyber attacks.

According to Roger LaMarca, SUU director of online admissions within the School of Graduate & Continuing Studies, students in this program can explore new careers or expand their current knowledge base in counter intelligence, defense, homeland security, law enforcement, and computer forensics, and it can be completed 100 percent online.

“Students will receive the same experience and personalized instruction that a traditional SUU classroom while preparing themselves for this rapidly growing field,” stated LaMarca.

With an ever-growing need for cyber security, professionals are in high demand that can battle cyber attacks, attacks that are bleeding companies and governments dry. It costs an average $11.6 million per cyber crime incident, according to Info Security. Keeping these facts in mind, it comes to no surprise that 42 percent of organizations are actively seeking I.T. positions in information security, more than any other job, stated by a LinkedIn Talent Search.

LaMarca went on to say, “They will receive a wide variety of instruction and coursework from this program, including: cyber security and IT policy; information, vulnerability, and threat assessment; physical, personnel, and operational security; and contingency, redundancy, emergency, and disaster planning.”

The master’s of science in cyber security and information assurance program focuses on the design, planning and management of systems and procedures for protecting cyber systems and infrastructure from external threats, including cyber terrorism. This program will be available beginning in spring 2016 semester.

SUU works hard to make it possible for non-traditional students and working professionals to earn a master’s degree.  By offering its master’s of science in cyber security and information assurance online, SUU aims to advance all of its students in this fast-growing career field. Those who are interested in this program should contact SUU at 435-865-8665 or immediately, as classes are scheduled to begin January 6, 2016. 

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