Distance Learning

Berkeley Launches Online Master of Information and Cybersecurity

The University of California, Berkeley's School of Information (I School) has tapped a private partner to help launch a new online program, Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS).

Dubbed cybersecurity@berkeley, the new program was developed in collaboration with the university's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity and College of Engineering.

"The MICS program will address both technical and interdisciplinary aspects of cybersecurity including cryptography, secure programming, web security, operating system security and network security as well as business models, policy and legal frameworks, national security considerations, ethical issues, standards making and the roles of users, government and industry," according to a news release.

The 27-unit course will use 2U's online learning platform for live, weekly meetings. Between sessions, students will have access to interactive content designed by MICS faculty. Students will also have the opportunity to visit campus to meet faculty and classmates and attend lectures and workshops curated specifically for students in the program.

"Once uncommon and rare, cybersecurity breaches are commonplace today and threatening governments and nearly all organizations; meanwhile industry is struggling to find qualified cybersecurity professionals to combat these increasing threats," said Annalee Saxenian, dean and professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, in a prepared statement. "cybersecurity@berkeley is modeled after the I School's existing Master of Information and Data Science program, a highly successful venture that has demonstrated how a partnership with 2U can deliver significant value to UC Berkeley and students worldwide."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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