WPI Preparing Professionals in Management of Information Security

Course Launching This Summer at Worcester Campus and Online

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5706

Worcester, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is introducing another offering in the area of information security - this one tailored for the needs of management and IT professionals. A graduate-level course in Information Security Management is the latest offering from the university, complementing the technically focused information security program that WPI’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department started this past winter.

This May, the Information Security Management course will be offered for the first time, both at WPI’s Worcester, Mass., campus and worldwide via the university’s online Advanced Distance Learning Network.

The course will give students an in-depth understanding of the steps required to build, maintain and manage an information security department, as well as a thorough, technical foundation to be able to communicate effectively with information security teams, company leadership and law enforcement.

The 7-week course will be divided into six sections:

  • Introduction to Information Security and Architecture
  • Hardening and Security
  • Preparation for an Attack
  • Detection of the Attack
  • Incident Response
  • Security Improvement

It will introduce the CERT®/CC (Computer Emergency Response Team/Coordination Center) five-step process for the management of information security. It will be aimed at teaching managers how to create a solid enterprise-wide information security practice. Readings, demos, lectures, case studies and real-world events will be discussed with the intent of bridging theory and practice, law and ethics.

Additional topics will include an overview of computer crimes, information warfare, cyber terrorism, and protection of critical infrastructures.

To register for the Information Security Management course or for more information, contact gmp@wpi.edu or 508-831-5218. Individuals may also learn more about the course at information sessions on May 7, 2003, at 6:00 p.m. in the Campus Center on the Worcester campus, and May 8, 2003, at 6:00 p.m. on WPI’s Waltham, Mass., campus.

The course will be taught by Jeffrey L. Stutzman, manager of information security for Cisco Systems’ Americas Theatre, encompassing more than 170 sites and 14,000 employees. He is a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer working in the computer warfare/computer network operations field of Information Warfare. Stutzman spent two years as a visiting scientist with Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (CERT/CC), and is an active member in the Honeynet Project, a nonprofit research organization of security professionals dedicated to information security. He holds a B.S. in liberal studies from Regents College in Albany, N.Y., and an MBA from 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.