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 courses total (15 credits), MGS 650, and MGS 651 and three electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.  Once complete, students must complete The Graduate School approval form to receive the certificate.
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Required Courses

MGS 650LEC Information Assurance

This is an interdisciplinary course in Information Assurance that has two primary objectives: 1) to introduce students to fundamental concepts, terminologies, IA models and practices. 2) to view how different fields of disciplines interact in this area. The course will familiarize students with the technical, legal, socio-political, and managerial issues of IA. Broadly, the issues that we will cover in this course include: security investigation and analysis; ethical, legal, and professional aspects of Information assurance; risk management and implementation and maintenance of information assurance.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602


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

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12382 F1S LEC M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Border, Charles B
19532 F2S LEC TR 5 - 6:20 p.m. Norton 218 Cleary, Kevin Patrick

MGS 651LEC Managing Computer Networks

The area of computer networks is currently the fastest growing part of the MIS world. This course will discuss concepts in the management of computer networks. It is an introductory course which will discuss issues in designing computer networks, administration, network operating systems and network interconnection alternatives. A hardware lab on networking will provide a "hands-on" part of the course. The course will provide the MBA (MIS concentration) student with the foundation skills to develop a career in the field of networks through their exposure to network administration, design, pricing, etc. In addition, the hardware lab for hands on network administration is unique and is not available for student use anywhere else on campus. Course topics will be drawn from: introduction to microcomputers and Local Area Networks; LAN hardware, systems software, and installation; LAN administration; Wide Area Networks; and emerging technologies.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602 Or MGS 607 Or MGS 650


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

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11568 S1S LEC M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Knox 04 Border, Charles B

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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