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

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

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 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20717 F3S LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12469 F1S LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Nsc 228 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12223 F2S LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Frnczk 454 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 642LEC IS Auditing for IT Managers

The course is designed to introduce basic tenets of IT auditing and structured way of conducting IT audits. The course will teach students concepts and approaches to audit, control, monitor, and assess an organization's information technology and business systems. The course will impart skills and knowledge to assess vulnerabilities, report on compliance and institute controls within an enterprise.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21630 F1S LEC T 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Gupta, Manish

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 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20720 F2A LEC MW 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs B30 Nesper, Kathleen S
20719 F1A LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs B30 Nesper, Kathleen S

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 2018 | Spring 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12321 F1S LEC R 6:30 - 9:20 p.m. Jacobs 110 Unknown

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 657LEC Online Analytical Processing: Data Warehousing

In large organizations data invariably resides in multiple-platforms and in multiple formats. Therefore, it becomes essential to pre-process the data at appropriate levels of normalization for meaningful analysis. Extraction, transformation and loading data into structures such as data marts and data warehouses are essential steps to predictive data modeling and mining. Data mining begins with a basic understanding of where the data is stored and how it can be assembled for analytical purposes. This course provides an introduction to data warehouse design, data cleansing, exploration and visualization.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018
Pre-Requisite or Co-Requisite: MGS 613 (Database M


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12496 F1S LEC W 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Knox 04 Gaia, Joana

MGS 659LEC Web Analytics and Optimization Techniques for eCommerce

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of doing business via the Internet. Topics include: elements of the infrastructure of electronic commerce; technologies and applications in electronic commerce; using electronic commerce for the creation of competitive advantages; planning technology-based strategies to achieve business goals. The course will rely heavily on research and peer learning with the instructor serving as catalyst, facilitator, and evaluator in a collaborative environment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


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

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11578 S1S LEC F 2 - 4:50 p.m. Jacobs 122 Lindsey, Charles Daniel

MGS 640LEC IT Risk Management

This course is designed to provide conceptual and practical knowledge of concepts, tools, and techniques for effective IT risk management process through design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of information systems controls. The course will provide insights into knowledge and tasks needed to 1) perform risk identification, assessment, evaluation, response, and monitoring, and 2) design, implement, monitor, and maintain IS controls.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 10/15/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21629 F1S LEC F 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Alfiero 104 Gupta, Manish

MGS 640 & MGS 641 are both 1.5 credits and therefore must both be taken to count toward the requirements.

MGS 641LEC Advanced IT Risk Management

This course is designed to provide advanced conceptual and practical knowledge of concepts, tools, and techniques for effective IT risk management process through designing, evaluating, and implementing risk responses and developing processes, frameworks and tools for monitoring and assessing risks and controls (KRIs) while maintaining an effective and relevant IT risk profile for an organization.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 03/16/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21758 S1S LEC T 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 110 Gupta, Manish

  • 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