By Loan Vo (LEGACY) posted 09-26-2014 02:47 PM


University of California, Irvine Extension recently announced an articulation agreement with University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to help security systems professionals attain a master’s degree from the Cybersecurity program at the UMBC Graduate School and College of Engineering and Information Technology. This agreement will allow graduates of UC Irvine Extension’s Information Systems Security Certificate Program to apply specified academic course credits towards UMBC’s Cybersecurity master’s program.  

“Due to a rise in security breaches, cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important field,” said Dave Dimas, Ph.D., director of engineering, sciences, and information technology at UC Irvine Extension. “Obtaining UC Irvine Extension’s certificate allows security professionals to utilize the foundation created to continue their educational pursuits towards a graduate degree in cybersecurity.”

The new articulation agreement provides course participants with the ability to transfer credits from the following completed courses: “Introduction to Information Systems Security,” “Secure Systems” or “Network Security: Concepts & Technologies”; “Security Architecture & Design”; “Project Risk Management”; and “Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices.” These UC Irvine Extension courses will constitute 12 graduate credits for the UMBC Cybersecurity graduate program. In order to be eligible, students must earn the equivalent of a “B” or higher in each of the courses listed above. Once participants have completed the UC Irvine Extension Information Systems Security certificate program and additional courses for the UMBC Cybersecurity graduate program, they will receive a master’s degree in Professional Studies (MPS): Cybersecurity from UMBC.

UC Irvine Extension’s Information Systems Security certificate program is designed specifically for security professionals, security technicians and security auditors. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles for designing, engineering and managing secure information systems environments. Additionally, numerous topics will be discussed, including access control, application development security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, cryptography, information security governance and risk management, legal, regulations, investigations and compliance, operations security, physical (environmental) security, security architecture and design and telecommunications and network security.

For more information about the articulation agreement or to enroll in UC Irvine Extension’s Information Systems Security certificate program, please visit http://unex.uci.edu/areas/it/systems_security/. To learn more about University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Cybersecurity graduate program or to apply, visit http://www.umbc.edu/cyber/index.php for the Main Campus in Catonsville or http://www.umbc.edu/shadygrove/cyber for the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville.

About UC Irvine Extension: University of California, Irvine Extension is the continuing education arm of UC Irvine, serving nearly 40,000 students globally and offering more than 3,200 classes annually on the UC Irvine campus, online and at employer sites throughout California and worldwide. Since 1962, UC Irvine Extension has served Orange County with programs and classes to help adult learners reach their career advancement and personal enrichment goals, and remains dedicated to providing broad access to the resources of the University for the benefit of the public, both through University Extension certificate and specialized studies programs and a broad range of free and open educational resources including UC Irvine OpenCourseWare. Learn more at http://extension.uci.edu, or join us on YouTube or Facebook.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UC Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. UC Irvine is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,000 staff. Orange County’s largest employer, UC Irvine contributes an annual economic impact of $4.2 billion. For more UC Irvine news, visit today.uci.edu

About UMBC: UMBC, an Honors University in Maryland, enrolls approximately 13,600 students, including almost 2,700 graduate students. UMBC is a member of the University System of Maryland, and is located on 500 wooded, rolling acres just outside of Baltimore and about 45 minutes from Washington, DC. For five years in a row, UMBC tops the U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of - “Up-and-Coming National Universities” - a designation recognizing universities that consistently find innovative ways to improve students’ educational experiences. UMBC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Carnegie Foundation ranks UMBC in the category of Research Universities with high research activity. For more on UMBC, visit www.umbc.edu.