The Information Assurance (IA) concentration equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the many facets of information assurance and security.
The program provides coursework giving a broad overview of the interdisciplinary aspects of information assurance as well as specialized training with respect to a chosen discipline.
Within the MBA program, students must complete 15 credits of coursework - three credits of which are common to IA students, six credits of which are defined by the track, and six credits of possibly interdisciplinary electives. This program structure ensures that students taking this concentration possess the necessary foundation in Information Assurance and allows them a certain degree of freedom to tailor the curriculum to their interests.
At present, there are four disciplines participating in the program in terms of the applicable courses they offer: Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), The School of Management, Mathematics (MTH) and School of Law (LAW). The university issued IA certificate will provide recognition of this training earned by students in Information Assurance. These graduates will then enter the federal work force and industries 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 the recent article on The Code War in Bloomberg Businessweek.
With the rapid growth of the Internet and, in turn, the creation of numerous new information channels, the task of securing these channels and their underlying systems has become an industry-wide top priority. However, the lack of professionals with the skill set to tackle such complex security issues is clearly evident.
Several universities in the country have established research and education centers in IA to address vulnerabilities in the national information infrastructure. The University at Buffalo aims to fill this void by offering this concentration.