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City launches Masters for aspiring information security and risk managers

City University London is offering a new postgraduate course from September 2011 to help experienced information security and risk professionals progress to managerial and consultancy positions.
by Luke Nava

City University London is offering a new postgraduate course from September 2011 to help experienced information security and risk professionals progress to managerial and consultancy positions.

With information technology now critical to the operation of businesses, public sector organisations, transport infrastructure and utilities, the new Masters in Information Security and Risk (MISR) will teach technical, leadership and professional skills, as well as the socio-technical aspects of security and information assurance - how human behaviour, whether accidental or malicious, affects the security, resilience and reliability of IT systems.

The course will be taught by City's renowned Centre for Software Reliability (CSR), which has pioneered education, research and consultancy into the dependability of computer-based systems since the 1980s.

"Existing postgraduate courses in the IT security field are focussed primarily on specialist technical skills. There's nothing out there to enable software engineers or risk auditors with five years' experience to gain the strategic outlook that's needed to move to management roles.

"Our aim is to address this by taking the bigger picture of information security, teaching students how to identify the trade-offs between multiple risks and the costs of protection, and how to advise senior management on such issues."

Professor Kevin Jones, MISR Course Director

The new course follows City's successful 2010 launch of the Master of Information Leadership (MIL) - an executive postgraduate course designed to educate the next generation of Chief Information Officers (CIOs).

The MISR will be taught in a modular format, enabling professionals to complete it in 28 months part-time or 12 months full-time. Further information on fees, funding and how to apply is available at www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/information-security-and-risk.

CSR will be exhibiting at Infosecurity Europe at Earl's Court, London from 19 - 21 April 2011. If you are attending the event and are interested in finding out more about the new course, please visit stand J51.

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