SANS to offer graduate-level degree program in information security

Published 14 December 2005

As demand for qualified homeland security personnel increases, prestigious cybersecurity institute launches graduate degree programs in IT security

The Bethesda, Maryland-based SANS Institute has announced two graduate-level degree programs in information security engineering and management. The courses will begin in February. The two-year degree programs are formally recognized by Maryland’s State Higher Education Commission and will feature live online classes, with a residential component. SANS already offers a number of training and certification programs in information security and claims an impressive body of alumni of 55,000 individuals. It also maintains a library of security research papers and runs a popular threat and vulnerability monitoring service called the Internet Storm Center. The SANS master of science in information security engineering degree is designed for professionals focusing on the technological aspects of network and system security, said Alan Paller, director research at the SANS Institute. The course will feature technology and project management topics geared toward people looking for jobs with titles such as technical director for security, networking and systems security manager, and, in some places, assistant CIO for security, Paller said.

-read more in SANS’ announcement (.pdf); read more about SANS at organization’s Web site