Albany Law launches online cybersecurity master's program

Originally appearing on Times Union:

Albany Law School is launching the nation’s first online master’s program aimed at the legal studies of cybersecurity and data privacy.

Building off a new alliance with the University at Albany, the program will allow students to cross-register with UAlbany’s new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, the nation’s first security college.

The 30-credit master of science in legal studies in cybersecurity and data privacy will launch in January. The program is designed to appeal to both traditional students and working professionals looking to advance their careers. Students can earn the degree in one year of full-time study or opt to complete coursework over a longer period with a customized part-time schedule.

The law school developed the program in response to “extensive research” that shows growing demand in these areas of study, both regionally and nationally.

“Among those who develop, implement and manage information security programs, there is a huge need for specialists with a firm hold on the legal implications of cybersecurity and data privacy,” said Antony Haynes, an associate dean for strategic initiatives and information systems at the law school who will lead the initiative. “Graduates of this MSLS specialization will be prepared to meet cutting-edge legal issues presented by emerging technology.”

The program will train students in the areas of data protection, privacy and information security law; cybercrime, cyberwarfare and cybersecurity law; and electronic discovery, digital forensics and digital evidence. Students also will have an opportunity to work in the field and gain firsthand experience.

Albany Law is well placed to offer such a program.

In September 2015, it signed an affiliation agreement with UAlbany that gave its students access to courses and other resources at the state university’s new cybersecurity college.

It also has a partnership with the Global Cyber Alliance, a multinational organization formed last year by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, the City of London Police and the Center for Internet Security to identify and mitigate cyber risks.