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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

MIS Department Answers Demand for Professionals with Information Security Expertise

New online Enterprise Security Certification program for working professionals begins May 17.

TUCSON, Ariz. – April 27, 2010 – Nearly three-quarters of organizations believe they have adequate policies in place to protect personal information, yet more than half have lost sensitive data within the past two years — and nearly 60 percent of those organizations acknowledge data loss as a recurring problem, according to a global study released by Accenture today.

There is growing demand for IT professionals with expertise in information systems security, and in response to that demand, the top-ranked Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management has launched a new online certification program aimed at working professionals who want to stay at the top of the IT security game. 

In less than a year, professionals can earn an Enterprise Security Certificate from the Department of MIS, which holds a designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Through the MISonline program, students will gain the critical knowledge that is needed to secure information and information systems in the areas confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Each course is ten weeks in length and students earn Committee on National Security Systems certificates for successful course completions. The first two courses, Information Security in the Public and Private Sectors and Privacy, Information Security, and Risk Analysis, begin on May 17, 2010.

Application information, course calendar, and more information is available online at

The Department of MIS at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management has been Shaping the Future of IT since its inception in 1974. It has been ranked a top-5 program for over 20 continuous years by U.S. News & World Report, a record matched only by MIT and Carnegie-Mellon. The department offers undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral programs and has educated over 5,000 students to date. Our experience and longevity in combination with rigorous academic theory and real-world practice through engagement with the business community has resulted in over $80 million in research grants and other state and industry support.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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