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APU Launches Two New Concentrations in Cybersecurity as Part of Master's Program in Information Technology

Digital Forensics and Information Assurance & Security tracks now available to students
seeking competitive advantage in growing field

Charles Town, W.Va., November 10, 2010 – American Public University (APU) today announced that students may now enroll in two new concentrations within the school’s Master of Science (M.S.) program in Information Technology: digital forensics and information assurance & security. The new program, launched earlier this year, also offers related concentrations in enterprise software development and IT project management.

According to the Sylint Group, 80% of all cyber crime is perpetrated from within the victim company, and 68% of wireless networks are unprotected, including both personal and business.  The development of the new APU concentrations was in direct response to such growing industry trends, according to Dan Benjamin, IT department chair for APU.

“Our ongoing commitment is to help meet the demand for professionals with specialized experience across the entire IT spectrum, from network engineering to data security and cyberlaw,” said Benjamin. “These new concentrations will better equip students to protect and secure electronic data and to deter or prevent cybercrime.  When a crime does occur, these concentrations will help with ediscovery, identification, analysis, and prosecution.”

The explosion of hacking, viruses, worms, malware, breaches, infiltrations, and denial-of-service attacks has led corporations and government organizations at all levels to place a premium on the protection and security of their information assets.  The APU information assurance and security concentration focuses on the deterrence, detection and response to IT security threats; topics include network security, legal and ethical issues, cybercrime, digital forensics, information assurance, security risk mitigation, information systems audit and certification, intrusion detection, and incident handling.

While cybercrime has grown in frequency, scope and severity, cyber legislation and forensics have lagged, often hindering the successful prosecution of cyber criminals.  The APU digital forensics concentration examines models to identify, preserve, collect, examine, analyze, prepare, and present evidence for prosecuting cybercrime. 

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