New CMU Degrees In Information Security to Address Needs of Government, Industry


January 13, 2003

Carnegie Mellon University has developed two new graduate degrees in information security to address the security policy and technical issues facing government and industry.

The degrees include the Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management (MSISTM) (offered through the Information Networking Institute (INI)) and the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) (granted via the Heinz School). The degrees are designed for students with backgrounds ranging from technical to non-technical.

"These new degrees are uniquely positioned to address the shortage of security professionals created by the fast rate of innovation in the technology sector and the growing complexities associated with securing data and networks," said Pradeep Khosla, Director, Center for Computer and Communications Security; Head, ECE and INI; Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor, College of Engineering and School of Computer Science. "This suite of information security programs is among the first in the nation, and it will have a major impact on the country."

The MSISTM prepares students to become "infosec" leaders by blending education in information security technology, business management and policy. This degree is suited for individuals with a technology background and who have an interest in management and policy issues. The second degree, the MSISPM, takes students with an interest in analyzing and creating security policy or managing information security operations and equips them with the analytical methods and management practices to succeed as managers and policy analysts.

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(Story noted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette News Brief.)

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