Taking a Bite Out of (Cyber) Crime


In response to increasing incidents of cybercrime and cyberterrorism, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems has launched an institute to help address the nation’s acute shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals. Through partnerships with academia, industry, and government, the Seidenberg CyberSecurity Institute is expected to be a hub of research and practical applications as well as hands-on training.

“This institute will leverage the strengths of both Pace’s Lubin School of Business and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems by focusing on information security management, planning, and auditing,” says Constance Knapp, PhD, the interim dean of the Seidenberg School, who serves as one of the new institute’s co-directors.

The institute will be “a forum to propagate basic and applied research advances,” adds the other co-director, Bel Raggad, PhD, a Seidenberg professor of information technology. Raggad is the author of the 2010 book Information Security Management: Concepts and Practice, which the American Library Association describes as “one of the most comprehensive works to date on the topic.”

In fall 2012, the institute plans to offer a five-course program leading to a new certificate, Chief Information Security Management Officer, for managers and senior executives who need to ramp up their security management knowledge rapidly. The following fall, the institute plans to offer a Master of Science in Information Security Management, with a concentration in Security Planning and Auditing. The auditing emphasis will help meet institutions’ increasing demand for independent cybersecurity evaluations and recommendations.

In addition to preparing information security specialists for businesses and governments, the institute will drive research on immediately applicable approaches that integrate technology advances and policy; serve as a resource for public and private partnerships; and develop additional curricula for industry professionals.

Learn more at www.pace.edu/cybersecurity.

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