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Grad students to use innovative tech grant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation will pay for 18 graduate students in an innovative technology program at University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, according to a news release.

The five-year grant will fund scholarships for students studying cyber security and information assurance, an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the management of information security.

The program aims to prepare students for work in government. Additionally, 40 percent of the scholarship recipients will be women, while another 40 percent will be minorities, the news release states.

Information assurance is offered as an MBA through the Anderson school. It focuses on several aspects of computer security, such as forensic accounting, organizational design and policy and planning, according the program’s website. The program is National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security designated as a “center of academic excellence in IA,” according to its website. It has partnerships with the FBI and the Department of Energy.

“Information assurance includes technical aspects of computer and network security but extends them to include related areas such as data protection, privacy, economics, fraud, auditing and effective protection within the context of human behavior and modern organizations,” associate professor Stephen Burd said in the news release. “UNM’s information assurance program provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to information assurance that leverages strong faculty resources, research, and educational programs in multiple UNM departments.”
— This article appeared on page C3 of the Albuquerque Journal