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Loyola offers new online degree specialization in cyber forensics

February 15, 2013

Responding to the overwhelming need for trained computer security professionals, Loyola University New Orleans announced a new online degree specialization in cyber forensics investigation and administration. The specialization is part of Loyola’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration online degree program.

The new cyber forensics focus will offer modern-day information security skills to analyze systems and stop cyber crimes, such as computer viruses and data theft—including crimes committed by hackers.

“The U.S. is actually behind the times in defending ourselves from cyber security threats,” said David Khey, Ph.D., director of the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree program. “This new specialization within our degree program will help graduates manage these digital forensics units and lead strategies to help the public or private sector companies better protect their data.”

The opportunities for these types of data security professionals are expected to grow with the implementation of federal health care reform, according to Khey. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service will begin to collect certain tax-related health care information. Although the law’s exact effect on the IRS is still somewhat unclear, Khey said this could have potential security implications for sensitive health care data.

Growing trends in mobile merchants collecting payments via iPhones and other devices, for example, also mean data is increasingly put at potential risk. “Basically most everybody has the ability to become a merchant—to collect that sensitive data and make sure it’s kept properly,” Khey said.

The new specialization is available to Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration online degree students and will be offered beginning this fall. Loyola’s fully online graduate criminal justice degree program offers a virtual classroom with professors that have the kind of real-world experience needed to demonstrate how these cyber security issues affect governments, industry and the private sector.

To apply, contact Clarissa Koederitz at 504-864-7140.

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