Programs from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Maryland come at a time when organizations not only can't find enough IT security professionals to hire to meet their needs, but often lack the leadership to oversee IT security initiatives.
"If I came into this job thinking the way I once thought, I'd be worthless," RSA Chief Information Security Officer Eddie Schwartz says. "If your playbook as CISO has not changed in the last seven years ... you're in deep trouble."
Acquiring information security wares gets more complicated every day - some 1,000 vendors offer 150 categories of products - so it's unreasonable to expect even the most informed chief information security officers to know everything about them.
Two servers that have protected hundreds of thousands of Internet users will be shuttered early next week, meaning that a number of people won't be able to access the Internet. But for most users, the event will go unnoticed. Here's why.
People receiving IT security graduate degrees are highly educated, but as the Center for Internet Security's William Pelgrin says, "We have a deficit of those individuals who can pick up the ball and run with it very quickly." He's doing something about that.
Learning how alleged fraudsters hacked systems and traded in stolen credit- and debit-card numbers can help organizations take steps to protect their customers' and stakeholders' sensitive information.