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Albany Law School today announced that it will offer the first online Master of Science in Legal Studies (MSLS) in
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy.
The program, to launch January 2017, affords working professionals, as well as traditional students, a flexible schedule to advance career goals in cybersecurity and data privacy. Each student will have a customized curricula that draws upon the law school’s
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pathway.
“We developed this program for students across the state, nation and globe to take advantage of our rich history and deep connections in the heart of New York State’s Tech Valley,” said Albany Law School President & Dean Alicia Ouellette. “Associate Dean Antony Haynes is leading the initiative, and we’re excited to be building a list of courses taught by leading experts around the U.S., for students from coast to coast.”
Students can earn the 30-credit master’s degree in one year of full-time study or over a longer period on a personalized part-time schedule.
Courses will cover the areas of data protection, privacy, and information security law; cybercrime, cyberwarfare, and cybersecurity law; and electronic discovery, digital forensics, and digital evidence. Cross-registration will be available with the University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a field placement experience.
Albany Law School is
affiliated with the University at Albany, a partnership that grants students access to programs, courses and resources — including those in the high-growth area of cybersecurity — at UAlbany. The Law School is also
partnered with the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), a multinational organization formed in 2015 by the New York County’s District Attorney’s Office, the City of London Police, and the Center for Internet Security to identify, confront, and mitigate top cyber risks.
“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, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Information Systems at Albany Law School. “Graduates of this MSLS specialization will be prepared to meet cutting-edge legal issues presented by emerging technology.”
A graduate of the Air Force Academy and Georgetown Law School, Dean Haynes previously served as an assistant professor in computer science at the Air Force Academy, where he created an Information Assurance concentration and new courses in secure networks, cybersecurity and cryptography. He also practiced law at premier Washington, D.C., law firms, and has consulted for start-ups around marketing, technology and legal strategy.
The Law School’s cyber law program, currently comprised of the online master’s degree specialization in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy and a previously announced
J.D. concentration in Law and Cybersecurity, was developed in response to extensive research that showed a need for the area of study, both regionally and nationally.
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