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First Cohort Graduates from National University's Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance Program

September 13, 2012

San Diego, Calif. - National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th-largest in the United States, has announced that its first cohort of Information Assurance Professionals, a.k.a. “Cyber Warriors,” graduated earlier this year from the university’s Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance program.

The first cohort from the Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance program included members of the U.S. Navy, including a Navy Seal, a corpsman, and several Chief Warrant Officers of both sexes, as well as an IRS agent and a student who increased his security skills and proficiency to be recently hired to his self-described “dream position” by Qualcomm to its security team.

The prospects for career opportunities in cyber security and information assurance are among the best in the computer field. Together, the public and private sectors in the United States are projected to need nearly 60,000 cyber security workers in the next five years, according to Alan Greenberg, Technical Director of Cyber and Information Solutions at Boeing. Security jobs are included under network systems and data communications analysts that are projected to increase 53% between 2009 and 2018, placing them among the fastest growing areas of all occupations. Between the same timeframe, approximately 287,000 new jobs will be added for network, systems, and database administrators, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“San Diego has rapidly become one of the leading cyber-security centers in the world,” said Mark Cafferty, President & CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. “We have witnessed a convergence of world-class capabilities from our existing military, biometrics, and software analytics communities that will allow San Diego to compete for jobs and investment in this new environment. The graduation of the first cohort of Information Assurance Professionals from National University’s Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance program is a testament to our region’s unique local assets and competitive advantages in this area”.

The training offered in National University’s Cyber Security and Information Assurance program targets the higher salary and growth areas of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in government, healthcare, financial, and technology sectors of the economy. The Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance is a professional degree for those who endeavor through technical and managerial measures to ensure the security, confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, control, availability, and utility of the world’s computing and information systems infrastructures.

The Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance program is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for in-class and online courses. The program is taught at National University’s Technology and Health Sciences Center in Kearny Mesa.

For more information about the Cyber Security and Information Assurance program, please visit http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfEngineeringAndTechnology/ComputerScienceAndInformationSystems/Programs/Master-of-Science-in-Cyber-Security-and-Information-Assuranc.html.

About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th-largest in the United States. With 22,000 full-time students and 129,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering, Technology and Media; the School of Health and Human Services,and the School of Professional Studies – offer 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 22 teacher credentials at more than 45 locations throughout California and across the nation. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 70 degree programs via the Internet. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit www.nu.edu.

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