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Chriss Swaney, Engineering,
Lisa Kirchner, Heinz School,

For immediate release:
January 13, 2003

Carnegie Mellon University Announces New Degrees In Information Security to Address Needs of Government, Industry

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has developed two new graduate degrees in information security to address the security policy and technical issues facing government and industry.

The degrees include Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management (MSISTM) and Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM). The degrees are designed for students with backgrounds ranging from technical to non-technical.

"These new degrees are uniquely positioned to address the shortage of security professionals created by the fast rate of innovation in the technology sector and the growing complexities associated with securing data and networks," said Pradeep Khosla, head of Carnegie Mellon's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and head of the university's Information Networking Institute. "This suite of information security programs is among the first in the nation, and it will have a major impact on the country."

The Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management (MSISTM) prepares students to become "infosec" leaders by blending education in information security technology, business management and policy. Carnegie Mellon educators say this degree is suited for individuals with a technology background and who have an interest in management and policy issues. The degree is offered through the Information Networking Institute (INI), which is part of the university's Engineering College. The INI is a multidisciplinary initiative of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the School of Computer Science and the Graduate School of Industrial Administration.

The second degree, offered by Carnegie Mellon's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, is the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM). This degree takes students with an interest in analyzing and creating security policy or managing information security operations and equips them with the analytical methods and management practices to succeed as managers and policy analysts.

"Given the Heinz School's strength in policy and management, and the College of Engineering's leadership in technology, Carnegie Mellon is uniquely positioned to offer a program that can produce experts at solving complex security problems," said Jeffrey Hunker, dean of the Heinz School.

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