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The power of your degree

Ever-increasing cyber-attacks across industries are creating a tremendous need for trained information assurance professionals. As a result of mounting risks, knowledge, and experience requirements, cybersecurity positions are commanding premium salaries.

The interdisciplinary ALIGN MSIA program combines computer systems and network security training with knowledge from the social sciences, law, criminology, and management, giving you skills that are in high demand. This degree will prepare you to:

  • Make strategic decisions about security issues and present recommendations to management
  • Plan and implement security strategies to reduce risk and protect information assets and systems
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues associated with information security, privacy, and digital rights

Northeastern University has been designated by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense, in IA Research, and in Cyber Operations.

Real-world experience

With information accessible everywhere, over multiple devices, systems, and the cloud, few industries can ignore the need for information assurance. As a result, Northeastern students have broad options for co-op opportunities. Recent co-op employers include:

  • Akamai Technologies
  • Fidelity Investments
  • BitSight Technologies
  • DigitasLBi
  • Intralinks
  • EMC Corporation

Here’s what our students have to say about the ALIGN Program:

“ALIGN is a great opportunity for connections and resources. Everyone is here to help you find answers to your questions.”

– Nick Fichera



ALIGN MS Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Curriculum

Overview Program Requirements



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