Information Assurance Concentration

Data is growing exponentially in our tech-powered world. Businesses, governments and nonprofits are vulnerable to cyberthreats. They need you to protect their digital assets.

Our universal reliance on an array of information channels makes the task of securing them a worldwide priority. Our information assurance concentration will provide the foundation you need for a career in digital information security, working with experts to identify and reduce risks.

By completing the information assurance concentration, you will also earn an advanced graduate certificate.  

Be Career Ready

  • Develop a strong, interdisciplinary information assurance foundation
  • Understand the technical, legal, socio-political and managerial issues of complex digital security issues
  • Master the principles needed to ensure effective and secure networks, operating systems, software and hardware
  • Develop skills in applied cryptography, critical infrastructure decision-making and object-oriented analysis and design
  • Become a leader in detecting system vulnerabilities and protecting sensitive data
  • Delve into digital forensics to gain skills in authenticating and analyzing digital evidence
  • Acquire leadership competencies to lead a diverse, cross-functional information technology team
Scholarships for Information Assurance Students

UB graduate students are eligible to receive an award up to $34,000 through the CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service program funded by the National Science Foundation.

Concentration Requirements

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Required Courses Second Year Electives

Select two of the following as electives:

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 2020

Fall 2020 (08/31/2020 - 12/11/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11907 F2S LEC M 2:20 - 3:40 p.m. Remote Mulgund, Pavankumar
12124 F1S LEC M 4 - 5:20 p.m. Jacobs 106 Mulgund, Pavankumar

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 2020

MGF 638LEC Fixed Income Securities

This is a course about fixed-income securities and markets. It covers topics that are important for any MBA student that anticipates hedging interest rate exposures or otherwise transacting in the fixed-income market. The course reviews basic bond pricing concepts and important features of interest rate futures and options contracts. It also introduces a few (somewhat complicated) models of the term structure. This is a rigorous course that requires students to be familiar with basic investments and calculus concepts. While MGF633 is not a prerequisite for this course, students that are taking MGF633 simultaneously with the course will be better prepared. Like most finance courses, the course focuses more on lasting financial principles than on current institutional details.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2020

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:

MGS 640 and MGS 641 are 1.5 credit courses, therefore you must take both to count toward concentration.

MGF 641LEC Financial Policies and Strategies

This course provides an in-depth treatment of corporate finance concepts for all finance majors, with the purpose of furthering students' understanding of major corporate financial policies and decisions. These decisions include choosing between competing investment opportunities, measuring risk and return, how to value a business, how much debt to issue, how much equity to issue, what level of dividend to payout, and incentive structure for managers, and so on. The course starts with a discussion on corporate financial goals and corporate governance issues. It then proceeds to cover topics that center on corporate investment decisions, corporate valuation, and capital structure issues.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2020 | Spring 2020

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 2020
Pre-Requisite or Co-Requisite: MGS 613 (Database M

Fall 2020 (08/31/2020 - 12/11/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
22862 F2S LEC T 8 - 9:15 a.m. Jacobs 110 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 2020

Spring 2020 (01/27/2020 - 05/09/2020)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11342 S1S LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Remote Miles, Stephen

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:


  • 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

MGT 681 Intellectual Property

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