The New CSIA Degrees

Professor M. E. Kabay, Ph.D.Norwich University recently added a new major to its academic offerings for the upcoming year. Known as Computer Security and Information Assurance (CSIA), the major is offered by the Division of Business and Management. This new Bachelor of Science program was designed by Associate Professor M. E. Kabay, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor Mary Ronner and will focus on teaching students the intricacies of protecting data on computers.

According to Kabay, information assurance is the protection of information from attack, human error, or mechanical failure. It is one of the fastest growing fields in business and government. In 2000 $10.3 billion dollars were spent on information assurance. That amount is projected to increase to $31.8 billion by 2005.

"The growth in IA spending will foster an increase in demand for information assurance professionals; as a result, starting salaries for Master's-level IA professionals begin around $85,000," said Kabay.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Professor Kabay is a recognized expert in this field. He began working with computers in 1980 when he worked for Hewlett Packard of Canada. In 1991, he became the Director of Education for the National Computer Security Association. He also taught information security at the Institute for Government Informatics Professionals of Canada. In 1994, Prof. Kabay began his research project, INFOSEC Year in Review, in which he wrote about developments in the field of information security. In 2001, he joined the faculty of Norwich University, and in January, 2002, he was asked whether or not he would be interested in creating the Master of Science in Information Assurance program. Prof. Kabay created the curriculum for the program from the work of 46 of his colleagues and had it running within 9 months.

Norwich University students are now able to receive a minor, a Bachelor's, and/or a Master's degree in Information Assurance. There are also scholarship opportunities for students pursuing one of these paths.

Center of Excellence in
Information Assurance Education

Because Norwich University is recognized as a "Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education" by the National Security Agency, there is an Information Assurance Scholarship Program that provides students with full tuition, books, and a $10,000 stipend.

"The IA program here is a good way for students to serve their country in or out of uniform," said LTC David Ward, USA, ret., director of the IA scholarship program. "It developed as a result of the nature of Norwich and its service to the country."

For more information, contact the Division of Business and Management at 802.485.2210.

To learn about scholarship opportunities, contact LTC David C. Ward at 802.485.2007 or at
January 2004

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