Information Security Graduate Certificate Program Launched by WPI

4-Course Evening Program Taught at Waltham and Worcester Campuses

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

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Information Security Graduate Certificate

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Waltham, Mass. - November 4, 2002 - With increased concern for securing information systems from cyber attacks, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) announces the Boston area's first-of-its-kind Graduate Certificate Program in information security. The program is a timely way for working technologists to learn the latest tools and techniques for effectively managing these infrastructures. Graduates of the program will be prepared for technical leadership positions in design, implementation, analysis, and management of secure information systems. This evening program is offered at WPI's Waltham and Worcester campuses.

"WPI is a leader in the areas of information security and cryptography, with a substantial history of course offerings, groundbreaking research, and conference sponsorship," says William W. Durgin, WPI's associate provost for academic affairs. "And now, WPI's new Information Security Graduate Certificate Program will be at the forefront of teaching the latest developments in this critical field to technology professionals working in the Boston and MetroWest areas."

The program's courses provide the vital theoretical and practical preparation to combat real-world information security attacks - bridging the disciplines of computer science, and electrical and computer engineering. They cover important aspects of computer and network security, cryptography, computer forensics, risk assessment, disaster recovery, and law and regulation. They include:

  • Cryptography and Information Security
  • Advanced Computer and Communications Networks
  • Computer Security
  • Wireless Information Networks
  • Network Security
  • Advanced Cryptography
  • Security Management
  • Risk Management

A Graduate Certificate is granted after completion of a four-course program of study. The courses may also be applied to a master of science degree program at WPI.

Classes for the Spring Semester begin on January 13, 2003, and applications for the program are now being accepted. To learn more about WPI's Information Security Graduate Certificate Program, attend one of three program information sessions scheduled on Tuesday, January 7 at WPI's Southborough campus; Wednesday, January 8 in Worcester; and Thursday, January 9 in Waltham. WPI's Waltham campus is located at 60 Hickory Drive, near Exit 27B (Winter Street) of Route 128/Interstate 95. Information is available by phone at 781-895-1188, ext. 205.

The faculty for the WPI's Information Security Program is a combination of leading industry and academic figures. The coordinator of the program is Richard A. Stanley, CISSP, a practicing information security professional with many years of public and private sector experience, and an adjunct assistant professor of electrical engineering at WPI. Other program faculty include Berk Sunar, director of WPI's Cryptography and Information Security Laboratory and assistant professor of electrical engineering; and William Martin, researcher of combinatorial mathematics and cryptographic systems, and associate professor of mathematics at WPI.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPI's innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support master's and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the region's biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs-including the largest industry/university alliance in North America-that have won it worldwide recognition.