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RE: MS in information security
From: "Craig Wright" <cwright () bdosyd com au>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 05:44:38 +1100


There may not be many professional Doctorates in Info Sec, but as for PhD's nearly any University.


A PhD is a research degree completed after a period of candidature.


It is possible to study Info Sec for your PhD dissertation as long as you can get access to a cohort with some IT 
skills – not so hard these days.


        -----Original Message----- 
        From: Jon Gucinski [mailto:gucinski () gmail com] 
        Sent: Fri 3/02/2006 6:02 PM 
        To: security-basics () securityfocus com 
        Subject: RE: MS in information security

I earned my MS-Information Assurance from Iowa State University this past
May.  It was a great experience straight out of undergrad and many companies
I interviewed with were highly impressed.  We also had a number of people
that had been in industry looking to make the switch to InfoSec, as it
appears you are. 

To my knowledge, no university currently offers a PhD in InfoSec. 

I will recommend that you evaluate each of the programs that you are
considering carefully; the curricula vary greatly from school to school,
even among the NSA Centers of Excellence.  Some of the programs seem (to put
it bluntly) pretty crappy while others can be highly specialized in your
particular interests. 

If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask either on the
list or to my personal address.

-Jon Gucinski

-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Accioly Rosa [mailto:listas.accioly () terra com br]
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 6:12 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: MS in information security


I'm currently doing a MSc. in Information Security at the Royal Holloway
College, which is part of the University of London. The ISG (Information
Security Group) has an enormous reputation and the course is great!

The idea of the course is to be a foundation for the infosec professional.
So, instead of learning "on the fly" you can stop and organize the concepts
in your head, being able to discuss issues from secure application
development to ISMS, information security management and its relevance to
various industries.

It is a 1 year program full time, but also have the option of being 2 years
part time, which gives the advantage of combining experience on the market
(as you work) and the theoretical foundation. I found this a great way to
come back to college and learn a little more.

More info at http://www.isg.rhul.ac.uk/. I hope it helps.

Daniel Accioly Rosa, CISSP CISA
daniel.accioly () terra com br

-----Original Message-----
From: bob1th () yahoo com [mailto:bob1th () yahoo com]
Sent: segunda-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2006 20:52
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: MS in information security


I noticed that the question of 'CISSP or degree' got a lot of feedbacks and
comments.  I am also considering more education in order to enter security
field.  I already have BS degree from good school and working for a IT
company working with various applications.  However, I have always wanted to
be a little bit more technical and be exposed to more research-like
environment.  Not sure if I want Ph.D., but definitely looking at one of
those MS in information security.  Georgia Tech and several other reputable
universities offer such program. 

After working almost 2 years in industry, I know that experience is really
important and that I can acquire the knowledge myself through many sources
although I don't go back to school to do it. On the other hand, the idea of
getting higher or specialized education and degree is really appealing.
Also, since my current work does not have anything to do with security,
getting more education might offer me a better chance of getting in to
security field than studying on my own, getting some certs and try to
convince companies to believe that I know about security.

Any opinions welcome

University program offers unparalleled Infosec management education and the
case study affords you unmatched consulting experience.
Tailor your education to your own professional goals with degree
customizations including Emergency Management, Business Continuity Planning,
Computer Emergency Response Teams, and Digital Investigations.


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