Information Assurance Concentration

The Information Assurance (IA) concentration equips you with a comprehensive understanding of the many facets of information assurance and security.

The program provides coursework that gives you a broad overview of the interdisciplinary aspects of information assurance as well as specialized training in a chosen discipline.

In the MBA program, you must complete 15 credits of IA coursework - three credits common to IA students, six credits defined by the track, and six credits of interdisciplinary electives. This program structure ensures that you will gain the necessary IA foundation while giving you the freedom to tailor the curriculum to your interests.

At present, there are four UB disciplines participating in the program: Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Management, Mathematics and the School of Law. A university-issued IA certificate will provide you with recognition of this training. You will then enter the workforce with an expertise in IA, better prepared to meet the needs of our increasingly technological society. For insight on the need for information assurance experts see, Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race on Bloomberg Business.

Concentration Requirements


The Information Assurance concentration requires five total courses (15 credits), MGS 650, MGS 651, MGS 659 and two electives from the list below:

MGS 610LEC Digital Forensics

This is an introductory course in Digital Forensics where students will learn how to acquire, authenticate and analyze digital evidence. Technical and managerial topics will be explored, providing students with both theoretical and practical hands-on experience using forensic equipment and software. The additional topics of E-Discovery, Data Retention, Litigation, Internal Investigations, Regulatory Compliance and Incident Response will also be discussed within the context of Digital Forensics. EnCase, Access Data FTK and other open source forensic software programs are used in this course.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018

Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12448 F1S LEC R 3:30 - 6:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Murray, David J.

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
16737 S1S LEC R 3:30 - 6:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Murray, David J.

MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017

Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21718 F3S LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12348 F2S LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Dfn 04 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12598 F1S LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Dfn 04 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 614LEC Systems Analysis & Design

This course provides an introduction to the systems development life cycle (SDLC) emphasizing the recent adaptive approaches to SDLC, such as the unified process life cycle and agile methods. The course focuses on the disciplines of business modeling, requirements analysis, and logical design and utilizes the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for analysis, modeling, and design of business-oriented information systems. Information assurance issues of system controls and security are covered with respect to their impact on system requirements and design models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
16627 S2S LEC F 9 - 11:40 a.m. Talbrt 115 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
21612 S3S LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
11566 S1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGA 643LEC Fraud Examination and Forensic Investigation

An in-depth study of the methods used by forensic and/or investigative accountants to conduct financial fraud investigations. Topics include fraud auditing and fraud examination, litigation support, valuation, identity theft, public record research, interview and interrogations and other emerging forensic techniques and data analytic procedures. Students will be challenged to think "beyond the numbers," integrating and applying knowledge of related disciplines such as accounting, economics, finance, criminology, psychology, organizational behavior, law, and computer science to think like investigators and develop skills leading to the presentation of investigative/research results in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017

Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21720 F1A LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs B30 Nesper, Kathleen S
21721 F2A LEC MW 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs B30 Nesper, Kathleen S

  • CSE 510 Intelligent Agents in E-Commerce
  • CSE 512 Operating Systems Internals
  • CSE 527 Modern Computer Systems
  • CSE 530 Computer Communications
  • CSE 516 E-Commerce Technology
  • CSE 605 Advanced Concepts in Programming Language
  • CSE 616 Multi-agent Systems
  • LAW 858 Technology and Intellectual Property Colloquium
  • LAW 933 Intellectual Property and the Internet: Cyber Piracy
  • MTH 529/530 Introduction to the Theory of Numbers I/II
  • MTH 567 Stream Ciphers

Information Assurance Demand Today

With the rapid growth of the Internet and, in turn, the creation of numerous new information channels, the task of securing these channels has become an industry-wide priority. However, the lack of professionals with the skills to tackle these complex security issues is clearly evident. The University at Buffalo has established this concentration to fill this void.

Management Science and Systems Faculty