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Villanova University and University Alliance Online Launch 'Essentials of IS Security' and 'CISSP(R) Advanced Security Management'

Villanova University and University Alliance Online Launch 'Essentials of IS Security' and 'CISSP(R) Advanced Security Managemen

TAMPA, Fla., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In the war against global terrorism, there is an increased focus on expertise and training within the Information Systems Security field. In response, Villanova University's Professional Education online is launching two new certificate programs, "Essentials of IS Security," available today, and "CISSP(R) Advanced Security Management," available for enrollment July 1, 2005.

With more than 90 percent of critical infrastructures fueled and controlled via the use of information stored on computers and computer networks, the increasing connectivity expands the vulnerabilities of organizations and critical industries to system and network failures, cyber terrorism and natural disasters (according to Institute of Internal Auditors). Thus, the demand for Information System Security professionals is trending to more than double by 2008, to 2.1 million worldwide, according to a recent IDC study.

Villanova University's eight-week online professional certificate programs are offered in conjunction with the University Alliance Online, America's largest provider of online-based degree and certificate programs from the nation's leading universities. These online professional certificates help students gain new skills and insider information, leading to industry- recognized certification for CISSP(R) or SSCP(R) from The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2(SM), the largest and most prestigious certifying body for information systems security. Earning (ISC)2(SM) certification not only signals that professionals have mastered the subject matter, but also demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence.

As part of this new track, a Master Certificate in Information Systems Security can be earned when completing both newly offered security courses and either a "Project Management for the IS/IT Professional" or "Essentials of Business Analysis" course. The Master Certificate in IS Security online professional certificate program is designed to help IT professionals or those who want to transition into IT security.

"Corporate leaders are beginning to understand that tools capable of disrupting their operations are readily available -- not merely to terrorists and hostile nation states -- but also to a wide range of potential 'bad actors.' As a consequence, they are beginning to grasp that the risks to their companies can and will affect operational survivability, shareholder value, customer relations and public confidence," says John S. Tritak, former Director of Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Villanova University has developed one of the most comprehensive professional training programs specifically designed to meet the massive demands of today's security-conscious business environment. Villanova University is the world's leading provider of dynamic, online professional certificate programs such as Project Management, Six Sigma, Information System Security and many more, with thousands of Fortune 500 professional enrollments. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Villanova University #1 in the "Best Universities - Master's, North Region" category for the 15th consecutive year.

"When CertMag debuted, security was on everyone's mind, with the inevitability of Y2-chaos sparking a golden age of IT work. Y2K went away, but five years later, security is an even more stable career choice for IT pros, and the prospects extend far beyond year's end," according to Certification Magazine.

The University Alliance ( ) is America's largest provider of online-based degree and certificate programs from the nation's leading universities. Online programs include AA, BA, BS and Master's degrees, along with several professional certificate programs. Students are able to conveniently interact with faculty and classmates online through streaming video; virtual office hours; real-time, faculty-monitored chat rooms; message boards and email.

For more information, please contact Ami Manning at 800-874-7877, ext. 672, or [email protected]

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CONTACT: Ami Manning of Bisk Education, Inc., +1-800-874-7877, ext. 672,
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