Kennesaw State ranks second for information security and assurance by

Degree program meets demand for data security professionals in Georgia KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 10…

Georgia (Feb 10, 2016)Degree program meets demand for data security professionals in Georgia

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 10, 2016) — The information security and assurance degree at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business has been ranked second nationwide by in its 2016 ranking of online information assurance and security degree programs.

Kennesaw State is the only university in the Southeast to make the list, and the only university in Georgia to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Security and Assurance. The Coles degree is listed second to Pennsylvania State University in the ranking.

“Our ability to deliver high-quality information security and assurance courses has been recognized in a number of ways: national adoption of textbooks written by our faculty, NSA recognition as a center of excellence through multiple cycles and now this ranking,” said Traci Carte, chair of the Department of Information Systems at Coles College of Business. “We couldn’t be more proud of our ISA faculty, alumni, partners and students.”

According to, information assurance and security degrees prepare students for jobs in the growing field of data security. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 18 percent growth for information security analysts from 2014 to 2024, nearly twice the national average, with median wages of $88,890.

The Coles College of Business ISA degree was recognized for its unique blend of technical expertise and managerial acumen. This combination teaches graduates to understand how data security connects with all areas of business, and prepares them to effectively protect business systems.

“We are focused on keeping the information security and assurance curriculum at KSU aimed toward the evolving threats faced by current commercial information systems, as well as maintaining the balance between the managerial and technical capabilities in the program curriculum,” said Herb Mattord, associate director of the Center for Information Security Education at Coles College of Business. “We strive to prepare our students for the ever-changing demands for effective information security professionals needed by the business community.”

Students in the Coles College online ISA program graduate ready for careers such as network systems administrator, information security analyst, systems manager, business risk analyst, or compliance analyst. Coursework includes law and ethics, data protection, network security, application and software security, e-commerce defense, cybersecurity and more. ranking is based on academic excellence, range of courses provided, awards, rankings, faculty strength and reputation.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have recognized Kennesaw State University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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. For more information, visit