Jones International University announces launch of MBA in Information Security Management-Cyber Security Program at Billington CyberSecurity Summit WEST

DENVER, Colo., (November 9, 2011) — In response to the growing threat of attacks on cyber networks, Jones International University® (JIU®) created an MBA program with a focus in Information Security Management-Cyber Security to be launched at the Billington CyberSecurity Summit WEST.  The five Cyber Security courses in the JIU MBA specialization are designed to provide background on the growing need for and issues associated with information security.  Distinguished advisory board members for the MBA program include Major General USAF (Ret.) Dale W. Meyerrose, VP and GM, Cyber Integrated Solutions, Harris Corporation, Thomas K. Billington, CEO, Billington CyberSecurity, and David Aucsmith, Senior Director, Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Government. 


This program arrives in concurrence with a recent study by Symantec that estimates the global cost of cybercrime at $114 billion annually.[1]  Additionally, Ponemon Institute, an Internet security research firm, estimates that 2011 security breaches so far have cost U.S. companies $96 billion and security incidents among 24 key U.S. government agencies have jumped more than 650% in the last five years.[2]


The official launch of the JIU MBA in Information Security Management program will occur in conjunction with the Billington CyberSecurity Summit WEST to take place December 5, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  The Billington CyberSecurity Summit WEST brings together leading U.S. civilian and defense sector cyber security experts, including Senator Michael Bennet, Representative Mike Coffman, Department of Homeland Security Director Richard Marshall, and FBI Deputy Assistant Director Michael Welch, that will provide key insights into critical cyber security issues surrounding cyber networks, mobile, and cloud.  Registration for the Summit is currently open to the public.


“According to remarks made by President Obama, ‘America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cyber security… this cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,’” noted Richard Cox, President of JIU.  “We developed this MBA program as a response to the growing demand for cyber security experts in various fields of business.”


The JIU MBA in Information Security Management program coursework will help students develop practical information security programs that include the people, process and technology components essential to any effective management program. The courses also provide students with practical experience in risk assessment and management, business continuity planning, and incident response from an information security management perspective.


“In keeping with JIU’s mission to help students find success in a world of incessant cultural and economic change, we developed this program for general managers whose responsibilities encompass corporate security and information risk management as well as those working as chief security officers” stated Richard Thompson, Dean, JIU School of Business.  


For more information on the JIU MBA in Information Security Management –Cyber Security Program, visit the program information page at www.jiu.edu/schools/business/mba/information-security-management.  Information on the Billington CyberSecurity Summit West can be found at www.billingtoncybersecurity.com/summitwest/.  


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[1] Symantec, www.symantec.com


[2] Ponemon Institute, www.ponemon.org