NYU's law and engineering schools announce new MS in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy Program for executives

NYU School of Law and NYU Tandon School of Engineering have announced the establishment of a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy Program for executives (MS CRS). Offered jointly by the two schools, the one-year program will not simply confer a new degree, but a new category of degree—one built around the interdisciplinary training and perspective needed to address a new category of threat.

The MS CRS is intended for experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds who seek to deepen their understanding of cybersecurity risk and strategy. Cybersecurity—both prevention and response—frequently requires coordination between public- and private-sector organizations and expertise in technology, law, and policy. This program will create managers with the integrated expertise needed to play a leadership role in the field.

“Too often those with the capabilities to fend off or deal with the aftermath of cyberattacks operate in silos, resulting in both readiness and response capability being severely compromised,” said NYU Law Dean Trevor Morrison. “The foundational idea here is that managing cybersecurity risk and strategy requires a breadth of training and perspective that is best provided by NYU’s law and engineering schools coming together to offer this degree.” Law School faculty will offer instruction in areas such as information-privacy law, cybercrime, and the evolving regulatory landscape.

“The threat in cyberspace needs to be strategically managed by individuals and institutions alike,” said NYU Tandon Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan, “and it will take individuals with both technical knowledge and grounding in law and policy to determine how best to balance organizational security and individual freedom. The MS CRS Program aims to offer that kind of intersectional training.” Engineering faculty will teach classes on topics including network security and systems-security engineering. Students will also take a yearlong Integrative Cybersecurity Management class taught jointly by NYU Law and NYU Tandon.

Admission to the program will be highly selective. Successful applicants should possess an exceptional professional track record with increasing levels of responsibility in cybersecurity, strategic risk management, operations and analytics, or enterprise management. Emerging global leaders in information security and technology, national security and intelligence, and business-control functions, such as finance, legal, and human resources, are encouraged to apply.

Participants will complete the 30-credit program in 12 months, taking 10–15 hours a week of classes. This will consist primarily of online instruction along with three brief residency modules during the year that will combine in-class and online learning. NYU Law and NYU Tandon faculty members will teach the classes. Intensive summer bridge programs will be available for those needing preparation for either the technology or policy elements of the program.

Details on MS CRS course offerings, faculty members, and admissions can be found on the program’s website: http://cybersecurity-strategy-masters.nyu.edu.

Posted February 14, 2017