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a full-time M.S. student focused on Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, also works
full time as a data analyst in the central office of the N.Y. State Department
of Motor Vehicles.
learning his way around the massive data repository for the agency since he
started in 2013, he realized that a degree in cybersecurity would provide
cross-discipline knowledge in the ethics of storing the data and how it should
“I want to
be a bridge-builder between people who work solely with data and people who
focus on its protection," Justan said. "By
understanding the legal aspects of the data we are responsible for, we can
better serve the citizens of New York.”
Although the master’s program is conducted
entirely online, Justan’s favorite aspect is how close he has been able to
work with Associate Dean Haynes, the Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy Law,
and Professor Jason Fiske, the Assistant Dean for Program Development and
Distance Education. The program allows Justan
to complete the entirety of his studies online, but also meet with professors
on campus and attend classes in-person, given his location. He especially appreciates being able to
engage with students within the cybersecurity community who are not only
interested in data privacy, but the laws behind it.
the master’s program is conducted entirely online, Foster appreciates how close
he has been able to work with his professors.
people focus only on how they can protect data, or how they can get more out of
their data,” said Justan, who majored in English at the University at Albany. “At Albany Law, the cybersecurity community is
interested in the law and how their business and agencies will be impacted by
regulations. This balance is hard to
he sees the program adding value to him and
his employer: by speaking with and learning from legal experts and data
experts, he will be better prepared to help accomplish agency needs.
“I’m looking forward to using the education that I gain at Albany Law School to
positively impact public policy,” he said.
his career and being a full-time student, Foster finds a work-life balance
through music, as a pianist and organist.
He works as Music Director at Greenbush Reformed Church, and he is the
Assistant Director of the Festival Celebration Choir, which is an ecumenical
singing group. In 2013, Foster published
a CD album, “An American Evolution,” a compilation of works for organ by
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his ability to balance work, school, and his music commitments to being a great
planner and the support behind Albany Law’s online program.
Law the faculty support you and find time for you,” Justan said. “You’re not
just a number and this is what drew me here: The school size, the location, and
the ability to do work online and still have interactions and relationships
with the faculty.”