Kennesaw State University leads Georgia in undergraduate information security education

Kennesaw State University offers Georgia's first Certificate in Information Security and…

Georgia (Feb 7, 2002) — Kennesaw State University leads Georgia in undergraduate information security education

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Kennesaw State University offers Georgia's first Certificate in Information Security and Assurance beginning fall 2002. This certificate‚ a five−course‚ for−credit concentration at the undergraduate level in the College of Science and Mathematics‚ places Kennesaw State at the forefront of information security education in the Southeast. Also‚ in response to metropolitan Atlanta's need for more graduates with education and training in information security‚ the Computer Science and Information Systems Department‚ in cooperation with state and federal law enforcement agencies‚ state security officials and local businesses‚ has put forward this expansive security education program.



The Certificate in Information Security and Assurance consists of three core courses focusing on principles‚ technical applications and administration and policy in information security. Students build on this core by selecting one of five tracks: technical security‚ consisting of a Unix administration course and a communications protocols course; auditing‚ consisting of accounting information systems and auditing courses; computer law and ethics; computer forensics‚ which includes criminal justice or political science courses; or applied security centered on an applied internship or cooperative study.



According to Michael E. Whitman‚ designer and coordinator of the certificate‚ this program places KSU at the forefront of information security education in the Southeast and around the country. Kennesaw intends to make itself known as the information security education hub of the Southeast. He added‚ "Information security is the hottest job market in computing."



The university has also established a Center for Information Security Education and Awareness‚ a virtual center designed for those interested in information security education‚ training and awareness in the region.



The Web site: http://infosec.kennesaw.edu will provide information on for−credit courses at Kennesaw‚ continuing education and training opportunities at Kennesaw's Southeast Cybercrime Institute (http://cybercrime.kennesaw.edu) and various information security awareness programs. The center will also showcase student and faculty research‚ teaching and service activities and provide a central point of reference for other information security activities and agencies in the United States. Whitman has been appointed the founding director of the center.



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Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.



 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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