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IT Auditing and Cyber-Security


Master of IT Auditing & Cyber-Security

Organizations rely on information systems to automate their processes, store their trade secrets and accumulate a large amount of private data about their customers. Along with substantial benefits, these systems bring risks. Has your data been compromised? Is someone stealing your secrets? Are you in compliance with government regulations? Can your organization continue to operate after a natural disaster?

The role of an IT auditor is to assess, manage, and control the above risks. IT auditors are responsible for analyzing organizational risks, communicating these risks, and applying solutions that reduce organizational threats, promote transparency and comply with regulations. IT auditors typically work on many different kinds of projects and enjoy a reasonable work-life balance.

The Fox School’s new Master of Science (MS) in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber-Security (MS ITACS) program prepares students as entry-level IT auditors who have the skills and knowledge needed to pass the Information Systems Audit and Control Association’s (ISACA) Certified Information System Auditor exam.  The MS ITACAS program is based on ISACA‘s model curriculum and students are expected to complete the certification exam at the end of their study. The MS ITACS can also be substituted for one year of experience on the CISA application in most situations.

The marketplace for knowledgeable staff in the areas of IT risk, assurance and cyber-security is growing rapidly at accounting firms, multinational corporations, consultancies and government organizations. Those with a CISA certification are especially prized. Because of the shortage of trained people in this field, ITACS is designated a STEM major thus allowing international students to work in the US upon graduation for up to 29 months.