Cyber Security Master’s Degree Program at Washington University | Coursework by SpearTip, LLC

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Washington University partners with Speartip, LLC to offer a Cyber Security Master's Program for students.

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Students will study the core tenets of Cyber Counterintelligence, focusing on the combination of two major disciplines: Technology and Human Intelligence (HUMINT).

In today’s world of evolving technology, more and more companies are facing data compromise through cyber security breaches. There continues to be new reports of significant cyber-attacks involving some of the world’s largest corporations and government agencies.

Washington University in St. Louis sees these developments as an opportunity to offer a new graduate degree program starting in the fall of 2013 and focusing on cyber security management.

Jarrett Kolthoff, President/CEO of SpearTip, a cyber-counterintelligence provider, will join their faculty and offer new coursework titled “Cyber Counterespionage – Case Study Analysis.” This degree program resides in the School of Engineering & Applied Science in collaboration with the Olin Business School.

Students will study the core tenets of Cyber Counterintelligence, focusing on the combination of two major disciplines: Technology and Human Intelligence (HUMINT). The course will initially concentrate on conducting counterintelligence activities, such as counterespionage operations from a HUMINT perspective.

The intent is to educate students on how cyber security is a growing concern for many organizations and what can be done proactively to mitigate the associated risks. Although Washington University is the first in the state to offer such a program at the graduate level, other universities are offering this type of course in their undergraduate curriculum.

SpearTip specializes in providing Cyber Counterintelligence and Enterprise Risk Assessment services by conducting current state gap analysis, state-of-the-art information security assessments, crisis management, and cyber forensics investigations. These, and other proprietary services, provide actionable intelligence for corporate directors, chief executives, and legal counsel.

SpearTip also offers cutting edge network security evaluations for prevention, maintenance, and incident response, including advanced systems assessments that go beyond customary penetration testing and scan-based vulnerability assessments. Our unique expertise brings to bear, on security breaches and information theft, comprehensive technical and human factors capabilities that meet or exceed standards for cyber counterespionage recognized by the FBI and other intelligence agencies. SpearTip has successfully carried out data theft investigations and corporate counterespionage operations for numerous multinational companies, including thwarting foreign agents, organized cyber-crime actors, and “Hacktivist” perpetrators. Visit for more information or read the company blog at:

Jarrett Kolthoff, President/CEO of SpearTip, has 20 years of experience in the Information Security field. As a former Special Agent – U.S. Army Counterintelligence, he has experience in cyber investigations, counterintelligence, and Fusion Cell Analysis that assist SpearTip’s clients in identifying, assessing, neutralizing, and exploiting threats leveled against their organizations. His civil case work includes investigations in anti-trust lawsuits, embezzlement, collusion, theft of intellectual property, and corporate espionage. He has testified in civil cases as an expert computer forensic witness in depositions before the U.S. Federal Court – Eastern District of Missouri, and has acted as a liaison between corporations and law enforcement agencies.

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