In addition to a MBA degree, all graduates receive the NSA-approved certificate: Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals (NSTISSI No. 4011).
This program uses a "blended" format of instruction where the students meet with faculty face-to-face once every eight weeks in Reston, Va., on a Saturday at the beginning and end of every course. The rest of the course is completely Web-delivered, using leading-edge synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods. The entire program lasts 27 months. The program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Information technology is changing the business environment
Our civilization is undergoing fundamental transformations; how people communicate, how goods and currency are exchanged, how we perceive time - everything is changing. The root cause behind these changes is information technology.
Executives have the enormous challenge of leading organizations through this revolutionary and tumultuous era. They still need to lead people, think strategically, manage both knowledge and physical resources, and communicate clearly. But now that information technology has permeated every aspect of business, they also need new skills and a new vision. And they need to understand how to protect the integrity of their transformed operations.
James Madison University is on the leading edge of information security education.
Since January 1997, JMU's College of Integrated Science and Technology (CISAT) has offered a master's degree in computer science concentrating in information security. The program was started under a grant from the National Security Agency and currently serves students from the Department of Defense, FBI, NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency and many private sector corporations. Moreover, the Center for Research in Information Systems Security Education makes its home in CISAT at JMU.
Until now, the infosec expertise gap among management has never been addressed by higher education. By combining the Information Security expertise of CISAT with JMU's highly rated College of Business, this unprecedented graduate degree helps to create a new manager who understands the business implications of information security.
The MBA goes beyond tactical systems issues and positions infosec in the panorama of all business functions. This distinct perspective is a critical necessity for executives now that information technology has become the core of contemporary business practices.
The Infosec MBA focuses on managerial decision making, analytical problem solving, oral and written communication, and application of theoretical constructs - all set in an infosec framework. Executives from industry, military and government who attain this degree will understand preservation of information confidentiality and protection, risk management, data and system integrity, availability, authenticity and utility - all set against a strategic business background.
They will also be able to employ and manage infosec concepts, principles, methods, practices, procedures, and techniques while drawing from U.S. statutes, current or pending, and an understanding of the different procedures followed by the private and public sectors.
The program includes 14 courses, 10 core courses covering the basic business topics such as accounting, finance, marketing, management, and strategy. Each of these core courses address some issues of information security as it relates to the specific discipline. Additionally, 4 courses focus specifically on information security topics that managers in today's business environment need to know.
As the program grows and issues change, the curriculum is changed with it. We constantly update and fine-tune course content, sequencing and mix.
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