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 concertation 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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Fall Semester

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


  • Electives and/or internship – 9 credits
  • Concentration electives – 3 credits

Spring Semester

MGO 642LEC Capstone: Integration of Business Functions

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640


MGO 644LEC Business Practice

Credits: 1.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGO 640 And MGO 642


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


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


  • Electives – 3 credits
  • Electives – 3-6 credits

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