2014 ISECON Proceedings - Abstract Presentation

An Innovative Approach to Information Security and Digital Crime Interdisciplinary Studies.

Petter Lovaas
Niagara University

Suzanne Wagner
Niagara University

Information security officers plan and implement security measures to protect an entity’s information and assets. The responsibilities for these specialists are continually expanding as the number of informational threats increases and technology changes. As a result, the scope of attacks broadens to encompass national and global targets. Employment of information security officers is projected to grow 37 percent from 2012 to 2022; this is at a faster rate than the average for all occupations. “Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high as these analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks” (US DOL, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 7, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm). Academic programs prepare individuals to assess the security needs of network systems, and develop and implement solutions to maintain security. Several programs nationwide are interdisciplinary, combining information security expertise with business and mathematical approaches with an application designed for organizations. Successful information security programs are designed to prepare students to have an understanding of general information security proficiencies in computer architecture, programming, systems analysis, networking, telecommunications, cryptography, and security system design. The increase of security breaches into national/global corporations and in particular its effect on the US Critical Infrastructure, governmental agencies are indicating the need for security specialists to have command of applicable law and regulatory requirements, risk assessment, policy analysis, contingency planning, and broader investigation techniques. The authors propose the development of a unique interdisciplinary graduate program in information security encompassing information technology expertise combined with expertise in the field of criminal justice. The information security curriculum would broaden the scope of an information security specialist to include legal analysis, policy development, crime investigation and other areas drawn from the field of criminal justice in an effort to design a curriculum model that meets the demands at the national/governmental and global level.

Recommended Citation: Lovaas, P., Wagner, S., (2014). An Innovative Approach to Information Security and Digital Crime Interdisciplinary Studies.. The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference, v.31 n.3201, Baltimore, Maryland