Welcome from the Director
"In the not too distant future cybersecurity threats could soon be more of a threat than terrorism." —FBI Director Mueller in March 2, 2012 congressional testimony
"Our nation now depends on access to cyberspace and the data and capabilities residing there; we are collectively vulnerable to an array of threats ranging from network instability to criminal and terrorist activities to state-sponsored capabilities and actions that are progressing from exploitation to disruption to destruction." —Army General Keith B. Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command in March 16, 2011 congressional testimony
While FBI Director Mueller and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command Alexander describe our risks and increasing vulnerabilities, cyber security and cyber security leadership expertise remains limited. Indeed, the NIST 2011 National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Strategic Plan sets "developing and maintaining an unrivaled globally competitive cybersecurity workforce" as one of its three major goals.
To prepare cyber security leaders for success in the dynamic world of cyber security, George Mason's School of Business, Volgenau School of Engineering and School of Public Policy developed the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems program. The cyber security masters degree provides students with a graduate education that will help them further their leadership careers by integrating the multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and international aspects of cyber security management.
Our Management of Secure Information Systems program builds upon Mason's efforts and initiatives as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and also in Information Assurance Research. Our faculty are actively engaged in cyber security research and have received funding from DARPA, DoD and NSF. Our cyber security masters degree also is a founding partner in the International Academy of CIO which is actively engaged in international cyber security issues.
With our outstanding faculty, excellent students, and supportive industry partners, I believe that the George Mason Management of Secure Information Systems program is unique in the region, if not the country. Our cyber security masters degree builds upon Mason's record of successfully educating technology leaders to take on greater responsibilities and advanced roles, and program faculty and students are involved in the full spectrum of cyber security leadership research and initiatives. We look forward to talking with you about our program and how it might work for you.
J.P. Auffret, PhD
Director, MS in Management of Secure Information Systems