Fairfax County, VA (PRWEB) November 21, 2007
Seeking to lead the country in higher education to combat cyber crime, the University of Fairfax announced a new collaboration with the Jones International University's School of Business to offer a dual degree program, which will result in an expansion of the JIU Master of Business Administration in Information Security Management beginning January 6, 2008.
JIU's expanded online MBA-INFOSEC, in collaboration with the University of Fairfax, will cultivate industry and government leaders who can effectively lead organizations to anticipate and defend against cyber attacks. The expanded focus on information security and information assurance will address accelerating shortages in qualified personnel who can effectively protect corporate information systems; it is a field that is forecast to grow by more than 2 million workers by 2008.
With today's information security challenges, including hacking and identity theft, as well as the need to adapt corporate information systems to such federal mandates as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPPA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Federal Information Security Management Act, JIU has assembled a faculty of information security industry experts who will enable students to develop key leadership capabilities in the field.
"This innovative collaboration with JIU will enable senior INFOSEC practitioners to attain leadership positions by integrating both executive level management competencies along with Information Assurance and Information Security competencies," said President Victor Berlin, University of Fairfax.
"The JIU School of Business is dedicated to addressing national business priorities in its curriculum." said Terry Erdle, Vice Chancellor at JIU, the first fully online university in the U.S. to receive regional accreditation*. "JIU has joined with the University of Fairfax because of its unique specialization in the burgeoning field of information security. We are excited to offer an MBA-INFOSEC degree as part of a two degree program in which U of F students may concurrently earn their master's or doctoral degree."
JIU's MBA-INFOSEC will:
- Build on a tested leadership curricula focused on application of theory, concepts and skills needed in the ever-changing information security arena.
- Be taught by top level practitioner faculty from federal and private sector employers.
- Incorporate practical applications throughout the curriculum including vulnerability assessments, intrusion detection and security policy development and implementation.
- Enable students to complete their degrees entirely online.
- Support students with services that foster academic success and career growth.
For more information about the program, please email Jo-Anne King at info(at)ufairfax.net.
*JIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. Contact them at http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org or at 30 North La Salle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602. The HLC is a United States regional accrediting agency.
ABOUT JONES INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY®, LTD (JIU®)
As the pioneer in online education, Jones International University provides a virtually unparalleled online educational experience that provides essential tools and strategies for career starters, career changers, and career advancers around the globe. It offers an array of online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees and professional certificate programs in the fields of business administration, education, and business communication, employing some of the greatest minds from many of the world's leading universities. JIU was the first entirely virtual university in the U.S. to be granted regional accreditation and continues to make its mark as the Gold Standard Online University®. Visit http://www.jiu.edu.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF FAIRFAX
The University of Fairfax, founded in response to 9/11, is an independent, non-profit online graduate university, whose mission is to provide adult learners with accessible, practitioner-oriented, quality graduate education in specialized areas of information security. The University of Fairfax is the first graduate institution in the U.S. with such a singular focus; as such it is helping to address the accelerating shortage of qualified information security personnel through its INFOSEC project-driven curricula taught by expert practitioner faculty. Senior IS/IA professionals enrolled at the University develop competencies for advancing their careers while working full-time for employers such as Verizon, Lockheed Martin, ManTech, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and DoD.
The University of Fairfax is certified by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia. To secure your future, and to learn more about the University of Fairfax, its programs and services, please visit http://www.UFairfax.net.