In an era often defined by cybersecurity threats to internal communications, massive privacy invasions, and a greatly enhance obligation to protect customer information, working professional outside of IT need much greater education and training in cybersecurity regulations and defensive strategies.
To respond to this need, Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law has developed a new cybersecurity law concentration for its four online Master of Science degree programs for non-lawyers.
The new concentration will launch in January 2017. The initial course offerings include Privacy Law, Principles of Information Security; Cyber Law and Modern Mass Communications Policy; Electronic Commerce and Digital Trade; and Cyber and Information Crimes. Additional courses are also under development.
“NSU Law’s M.S. students reflect working professionals in fields critical to protecting the country’s information ecosystem and they have an important role in supporting their schools, companies, and governmental agencies,” said Jon M. Garon, dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law. “The Cybersecurity Law Concentration enables these professionals to make an important difference in the operations of their enterprise and become leaders in assuring the safety and security of their clients and customers.”
The concentration comes in an age where basic field knowledge is no longer sufficient, and gaining knowledge in the legal and informational aspects of an industry are crucial for career advancements. This specialized concentration will allow students to explore the legal, ethical, and professional aspects of information security.
NSU College of Law’s M.S. program is the second largest in the nation. The concentration will be available to students within any of the four online Master of Science Programs: Health Law, Employment Law, Education Law, and Law and Policy. Taught by full-time College of Law faculty and highly recognized practicing attorneys, the M.S. program provides working professionals the knowledge and skills essential to accelerating their career goals. The program does not enable graduates to practice law but instead helps the graduates manage the regulatory, compliance, and legal constraints that shape modern business.
The Cybersecurity Law concentration is part of a series of concentrations available to College of Law students in the four master’s degree programs, including: Health Care Administration Law, Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management, Employee Relations Law, Human Resource Managerial Law, Primary Education Law, Higher Education Law, and School Administration Law.
The Cybersecurity Law concentration in the College of Law is just one of many nationally leading NSU programs on information security. NSU’s College of Engineering and Computing offers the Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS) for students interested in a hand’s-on degree program to develop the skills to design, program, enhance and develop cybersecurity technologies that secure information and systems. It also offers the Master of Science in Management Information Systems with Concentration in Information Security Management (MMIS/InfoSec) for students interested in a degree program that focuses on the governance and management of information security in the context of the collection, retention, and dissemination of information in organizations.
The College of Engineering and Computing’s MSIS and MMIS/InfoSec security programs are recognized by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with its Ph.D. program in Information Assurance (DIA). As a result of this recognition, federal agencies may sponsor civilian and military personnel to take the college’s certified graduate courses. Individuals may apply to take one or more certified information security courses as non-degree students. Students in the MSIS and MMIS/InfoSec programs may be eligible to apply for admission to the College of Engineering and Computing’s Ph.D. programs in Information Assurance or Information Systems.