Cybersecurity meets political science: AU’s new master’s program


COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON BEGINS WITH CYBERSECURITY IN AUGUSTA TAKING ANOTHER STEP FORWARD. AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW MASTER’S PROGRAM TO BUILD THE WORK FORCE. NEWSCHANNEL 6’S SAMANTHA WILLIAMS SAT DOWN WITH THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR TODAY. SHE JOINS US LIVE. SAMANTHA. SAMANTHA: IT’S A GRADUATE PROGRAM NO OTHER UNIVERSITY IN THE NATION OFFERS– AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY IS AIMING TO BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF CYBER– IN ALL ASPECTS, INCLUDING POLITICAL SCIENCE. DR. CRAIG ALBERT/ GRAD DIRECTOR, MASTERS OF ARTS & INTELLIGENCE IN SECURITY STUDIES: “WHAT TYPE OF CYBER DEFENSE DOES THE UNITED STATES NEED TO KEEP ITS NATIONAL INTERESTS SECURE IN THE FACE OF CYBER THREATS FROM REGIMES SUCH AS NORTH KOREA, IRAN AND RUSSIA?.” SAMANTHA: WHEN MANY THINK OF CYBERSECURITY, PEOPLE WORKING IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER TO COMBAT INTERNET THREATS COMES TO MIND. BUT IN REALITY– IT’S MUCH MORE COMPLEX. THAT IS WHY AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY CREATED A POLITICAL SCIENCE MASTER’S PROGRAM UNLIKE ANY OTHER IN THE NATION. DR. CRAIG ALBERT/ GRAD DIRECTOR, MASTERS OF ARTS & INTELLIGENCE IN SECURITY STUDIES: “IT’S ONE THING TO TALK ABOUT THE CODING SIDE OF CYBER, THE COMPUTER SIDE OF CYBER, BUT WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE POLICY SIDE OF CYBER, WITH THE ANALYTICS SIDE?” SAMANTHA: THAT’S HOW AU’S MASTER OF ARTS IN INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY STEPS IN, PAMPLIN, THE ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES COLLEGE’S NEWEST PROGRAM. DR. CRAIG ALBERT/ GRAD DIRECTOR, MASTERS OF ARTS & INTELLIGENCE IN SECURITY STUDIES: “IF SOMEBODY HACKED INTO OUR ELECTION SYSTEM, OR HACKED INTO FACE BOOK, OR USED LEGALLY THE MECHANISMS THAT FACE BOOK HAS IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD, CAN WE RESPOND TO THAT IN ANY WAY IF WE FEEL THREATENED BY IT?” SAMANTHA: THE ANSWER RIGHT NOW IS UP IN THE AIR– DR. ALBERT EXPLAINS SINCE CYBERWAR AND CYBER TERRORISM IS SO NEW, THERE ARE NO POLICIES OR PROCEDURES IN PLACE TO GUIDE RESPONSES TO THREATS. A DEFINITION FOR CYBERWAR AND CYBERTERRORISM HAS NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED. DR. CRAIG ALBERT/ GRAD DIRECTOR, MASTERS OF ARTS & INTELLIGENCE IN SECURITY STUDIES: “THE STANDARD DEFINITION OF WAR IS YOU MUST MAINTAIN 1000 BATTLE FIELD DEATHS FOR IT TO BE DECLARED A WAR. SO IN CYBER WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT RUSSIA INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTIONS FOR INSTANCE, WELL THAT IS ESPIONAGE FOR SURE, BUT IT DOESN’T EVEN FIT THE TRUE NOTION OF ESPIONAGE.” SAMANTHA: IN ADDITION TO INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION AND SECURITY STUDIES, THE PROGRAM’S THIRD AREA OF STUDY IS CYBERSECURITY POLICY. DR. CRAIG ALBERT/ GRAD DIRECTOR, MASTERS OF ARTS & INTELLIGENCE IN SECURITY STUDIES: “HOPEFULLY AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY WILL BECOME THE DESTINATION OF UNDERSTANDING CYBER TERRORISM AND POLICY ANALYSTS WHEN IT COMES TO CYBER TERRORISM.” SAMANTHA: THERE IS A HUGE NEED FOR WORKERS IN THE CYBER FIELD– AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THAT PROGRAM, WHICH WILL KICK OFF NEXT FALL. THERE’S A LINK TO THE APPLICATION AND MORE INFORMATION ON WJBF DOT COM. BRAD–




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