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Strayer University Rolls Out New Graduate Degree Program in Cybersecurityimage: electronic code and lock

Strayer University recently launched a new graduate degree program in cybersecurity to meet the growing demand for security skills from the information technology sector. Strayer University’s new Master of Science in Information Assurance degree program is designed to help prepare graduates to critically analyze security vulnerabilities and safeguard networks of all sizes from cyberattacks.

“The frequency and sophistication of today’s cyberattacks continue to evolve with advancements in technology,” says Dr. Nicole Morris, dean of the College of Information Systems & Arts & Sciences. “Many organizations are looking to the expertise of information technology professionals who not only can 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.”

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. Information security—or information assurance—is projected to grow 22% by 2020, with 65,000 new jobs being created for cybersecurity analysts.

A Closer Look at the MSIA Degree Program

In addition to practicing technical skills in cloud-based environments and live lab settings, Strayer University’s students will have the opportunity to 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,” Dr. Morris says. “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.”

Strayer University’s MSIA degree program includes courses in information technology risk management, security access and control strategies, computer forensics planning, and cryptography, among others.

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

Learn more about all Information Systems degree programs by visiting /degrees/information-systems-technology.


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Get to Know Your Local Campus

Strayer University recently unveiled a new series of campus pages on designed to provide students with helpful information about their campus. Each of the university’s 80 campuses has a specific page that showcases the campus, faculty, degree programs and financial aid options, as well as support services such as tutoring, career counseling and the Learning Resource Center. The page also includes information about the surrounding area, including transportation, parking, dining options and security.

To learn more about your campus, visit


Regional Alumni Chapters Provide New Ways to Connect

Graduation from Strayer University does not mean the end of a student’s connection to the University. The Strayer University alumni program is an active, thriving community where alumni can connect around professional development activities, community service and their alma mater.

More than 20 regional alumni chapters serve as a home base for Strayer University alumni across the country. Each chapter offers networking, community service and lifelong learning events and opportunities, online or at a local campus.

Get Involved!

Alumni are encouraged to volunteer with their chapter, whether at events or in a more formal chapter leadership role:

For a full list of regional alumni chapters or to get involved, visit


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To the Class of 2014: How To Get Ahead

How can ambitious graduates entering the corporate world quickly distinguish themselves as winners?

By Jack Welch, Founder and Distinguished Professor at the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University

First of all, forget some of the most basic habits you learned in school. Once you are in the real world—and it doesn’t make any difference if you are 22 or 62, starting your first job or your fifth—the way to look great and get ahead is to overdeliver. For years you’ve been taught the virtue of meeting specific expectations. And you’ve been trained to believe that an A-plus performance means fully answering every question the teacher asks. Those days are over.

To get an A-plus in business, you have to expand the organization’s expectations of you and then exceed them, and you have to fully answer every question the “teachers” ask, plus a slew they didn’t think of.

Don’t panic. Just get in there and start thinking big.

Your goal, in other words, should be to make your bosses smarter, your team more effective, and the whole company more competitive because of your energy, creativity and insights. And you thought school was hard!

Don’t panic. Just get in there and start thinking big. If your boss asks you for a report on the outlook for one of your company’s products for the next year, you can be sure she already has a solid sense of the answer. So go beyond being the grunt assigned to confirm her hunch. Do the extra legwork and data-crunching to give her something that really expands her thinking—an analysis, for instance, of how the entire industry might play out over the next three years. What new companies and products might emerge? What technologies could change the game?

In other words, give your boss shock and awe—something compelling that she can report to her bosses. In time, those kinds of ideas will move the company forward and move you upward.

But be careful. People who strive to overdeliver can swiftly self-destruct if their exciting suggestions are seen by others as unfettered braggadocio, not-so-subtle ladder scaling, or both. That’s right. Personal ambition can backfire.

Now, we’re not saying curb your enthusiasm. But the minute you wear career lust on your sleeve, you run the risk of alienating people, in particular your peers. They will soon come to doubt the motives of your hard work. They will see any comments you make, about, say, how the team could operate better, as political jockeying. And they will eventually peg you as an unrestrained striver, and, in the long run, that’s a label that all the A-plus performing in the world can’t overcome. So by all means, overdeliver. But keep your desire to distinguish yourself as a winner to yourself. You’ll become one faster.