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Athens State University Approved to Offer Information Assurance Major

June 16, 2014

The Alabama Commission on Higher education (ACHE) approved Athens State University’s request to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Assurance. This new course of study, within the College of Business, will begin with the Fall 2014 semester.

Information Assurance provides the measures that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation. These measures include providing for restoration of information systems by incorporating protection, detection, and reaction capabilities.

Athens State Associate Professor of Management Dr. Michael Haghighi will serve as the point person for the College of Business. Robert Grant who serves as the IT Security Compliance Officer at Dynetics in Huntsville will teach the classes. A minor in the subject has been offered previously but with this next semester this concentration will be available for a bachelors program.

“We have had lots of interest due to the fact that careers in Information Assurance are being developed in all areas of industry,” states Haghighi. “We consulted with our College of Business Advisory Council to identify trends where private and public sectors have needs. It is our intent to created workforce ready employees available to a myriad of industry by offering this course of study.”

Careers paths for those with an Information Assurance degree include; Management Information Security, Information Security Policy, Security Program Development, and Risk Management.

For more information about the program, visit Athens State College of Business.


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