Strayer University Launches Graduate Degree Program in Cybersecurity

September 19, 2013

New Master of Science in Information Assurance Meets Growing Demand for Security Skills from Information Technology Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 19, 2013 – Strayer University, a leading postsecondary adult education institution, today announced the launch of a new graduate degree program in cybersecurity. The new Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) will prepare graduates to critically analyze security vulnerabilities and safeguard networks of all sizes from cyberattacks.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for information technology specialists with skills in cybersecurity is growing faster than the average for most occupations.  In fact, information security – or information assurance – is projected to grow 22 percent by 2020, with 65,000 new jobs being created for cybersecurity analysts.

“The frequency and sophistication of today’s cyberattacks continue to evolve with advancements in technology,” said Bill Dafnis, Ph.D., dean of the School of Information Systems and Technology at Strayer University. “Many organizations are looking to the expertise of information technology professionals who can not only identify security risks and solutions, but also have a critical understanding of the professional, ethical, legal, and social issues involved with security data and infrastructures.”

Strayer University’s new MSIA degree program includes courses in information technology risk management, security access and control strategies, computer forensics planning, and cryptography, among others. In addition to practicing technical skills in cloud-based environments and live lab settings, students will work with industry experts and leaders in the field to identify the latest cybersecurity threats, theories, and solutions.

“Learning in a live lab scenario is critical for simulating the unique challenges, pace, and environment when a cyberattack occurs,” said Dafnis.  “Our focus during these exercises is on helping our students move swiftly into assessment and solution mode so that sensitive data can seamlessly be restored and protected with as little negative impact to the organization as possible.”

The MSIA program is certified by the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), which validates that the curriculum for this and other security-related degree programs at Strayer University meet their national training standards.

In particular, the committee has recognized Strayer University for its comprehensive resource material and exercises that MSIA students conduct in influencing senior leadership for projects involving security aspects, developing security policies, managing and mitigating risks and vulnerabilities, understanding organization liability related to legal and ethical issues, and responsibilities during digital investigations, among others.

Enrollment for the fall term, which begins Oct. 9, is ongoing. For more information or to learn about all degree programs within Strayer University’s School of Information Systems and Technology, visit

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***MEDIA NOTE:To speak with Dr. Bill Dafnis, dean of Strayer University’s School of Information Systems and Technology, please contact Rachel Richelieu at, office: 703-561-1861, or cell 202-557-4920.

About Strayer University

Strayer University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been in operation since 1892. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, economics, information systems, information technology, human resource management, education, health services administration, public administration, management and criminal justice to working adult students at 100 campuses in 24 states and Washington, D.C., as well as worldwide via the Internet. Strayer University also offers an executive MBA online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. For more information, visit or call 1-888-4-STRAYER (888-478-7293).


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