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UC to Offer Master of Science Degree in Information Systems Security

July 30, 2014



WILLIAMSBURG, Ky., July 30 -- University of the Cumberlands issued the following news release:

University of the Cumberlands (UC) is constantly creating effective, cost-efficient, and convenient opportunities for students and potential students to enhance their education and earn a degree. UC is pleased to announce that beginning this fall semester, they will now offer the Master of Science in Information Systems Security (ISEC) degree program.

This program is intended for students who have already earned their baccalaureate degree and are already working in the Information Technology (IT) field in a traditional campus setting. Students who are interested in continuing their education as well as enhancing their credentials will find this program is designed to help them accomplish their professional goals.

"Information security is one of the fastest growing job markets in the country," explained UC's Vice President of Information Systems, Donnie Grimes. "Since this is one of the first Master's programs devoted entirely to information security, the University of the Cumberlands is positioned to be a leader in the field. Most existing information security graduate programs are simply computer science degrees with an additional course in security. This program is 100% devoted to information security. Another benefit of this program's curriculum is that it will prepare students for the CISSP certification exam. The CISSP designation is considered the gold standard in IT certifications. Before this program, a person would have to decide if they would prefer going for the CISSP certification or a graduate degree. Now they can achieve both in 12 to 18 months in a completely online format."

This program seeks to prepare candidates with the knowledge to develop and implement security policies and prepare them to manage compliance with the various federal regulations that apply to information security. This program also seeks to prepare candidates to create disaster prevention and recovery plans and help them recognize and prevent exploitation due to hardware, software and network configurations.

"It's impossible to watch the nightly news and not see a report of some form of security breach. This year alone we have seen identity theft, government funded espionage, and large corporate security breaches," said Grimes. "For example, the breach at Target earlier this year resulted in a 46% drop in profits and an additional 300 million dollars in damages. In businesses, the data center has replaced the company's safe as the most coveted target by criminals. To survive this landscape, information security is one of the single most important issues at every business. Our program will help businesses deal with the clear and present danger that confronts them relating to information security."

Through the (ISEC), UC strives to help students become leaders in the field of information security. Information security is dedicated to the pursuit of preventing or mitigating the risk of loss of data. With the combination of the ubiquitous nature of electronic information and the associated security risks, the field of information security has become a critical need for every organization.

For more information visit http://gradweb.ucumberlands.edu.

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