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Marymount Launches Graduate Program in Cybersecurity

Thursday, November 01, 2012
Marymount University has launched the M.S. in Cybersecurity, an online program that will prepare professionals for high-level technical and management positions in computer security and information assurance.

With cyber-attacks now recognized as a major threat to both the economy and the security of the United States,  graduates of the Marymount program will be part of a cybersecurity workforce committed to protecting and strengthening the nation’s cyber infrastructure, including government, business, and municipal networks.

Dr. Diane Murphy, chair of the University’s Information Technology Department, elaborates, “Increased cybersecurity is critically important, and trained management and technical professionals are in demand.”

She points out, “Just last month, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned of a cyber-Pearl Harbor in the event of successful cyberterrorism attacks on U.S. chemical, water, electrical, or transportation grids – not to mention military or communication systems. More recently, General Keith Alexander, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, spoke of ‘death by a thousand cuts,’ in cyberspace, when referring to the proliferation of hacking attacks launched to steal American business intellectual property.”

Dr. Murphy says, “The Marymount program will prepare IT professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become leaders in anticipating and defending against these and all types of cyber attacks.”

Curriculum
The M.S. in Cybersecurity is a 36-credit program, offered primarily online. It focuses on  cybersecurity technology and management. The curriculum includes coursework in advanced computer security; computer network defense; cryptography; and cybersecurity law, policy, ethics, and compliance. The capstone course will be completed in residency, in order to take advantage of the cybersecurity resources of the Washington, D.C., area.
 
Certification
The program meets certification requirements imposed by the profession and was recently certified by the National Security Agency. This designation validates that the Marymount courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Assurance Training Standards for:
-    Information Systems Security Officers (4014, Advanced Level)
-    Information Systems Security Professionals (4011)
 
Scholarships
Scholarships to pursue the M.S. in Cybersecurity will be offered through the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program, which prepares professionals for government cybersecurity jobs. The Marymount scholarships will be available starting January 1, 2013, and will be funded by a $1.9 million grant that the University was awarded by the National Science Foundation.