AZSecure Cybersecurity Program

2015 report from Frost & Sullivan for the (ISC)² Foundation forecast more than 1.5 million unfilled positions in the global cybersecurity workforce by 2020. In 2017, Cybersecurity Ventures predicted that cybercrime will more than triple the number of job openings over the next 5 years, leading to 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2021.

The AZSecure Cybersecurity Program helps draw top Management Information Systems (MIS) students into this important and rewarding field. Computer Science (CS) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) students studying cybersecurity are also eligible to apply.


The AZSecure Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

What does the program involve?  Our AZSecure cybersecurity program is a two-year, on-campus program.  Through coursework in the University of Arizona's MIS degree and electives in MIS, CS, and/or ECE departments as well as our online NSA-recognized  Enterprise Security Certificate, students emerge with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the cybersecurity workforce. 

In addition to receiving a strong information security education, students also participate in independent studies resulting in a Master's paper or thesis, other relevant publications, extra-curricular activities, summer internships, and receive timely placement support.

What are the program tracks? Our AZSecure cybersecurity program is comprised of two tracks based on funding source and employment goals. After five years of success in training students supported through the NSF Scholarship-for-Service (SFS) fellowship, the MIS department recognized the needs of industry for highly trained cybersecurity professionals and added a second funding track, the Industry Employment Track. The course requirements are the same for both tracks, but funding and additional requirements vary. See general overview below and details for Government  and Industry tracks.


NOTE:  All course work and research is conducted at The University of Arizona Tucson campus.  Other than the courses in the Enterprise Security Certificate (MIS 515, 516, and 517), the AZSecure Cybersecurity Program is not available online or through satellite campuses.

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Government Track (SFS)

Where does the funding come from? With funding from the National Science Foundation Scholarship-for-Service (SFS) CyberCorps Program, this program track offers full scholarships to qualified U.S. students, in exchange for public service. 

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Who is the program for?  The program is primarily for eligible U.S. MIS Masters students, who receive two years of full funding.  A limited number of fellowships may be available to MIS Ph.D. students (up to 3 years of funding through SFS).  See the  Eligibility page  to see if you qualify.  Note that most positions will require a security clearance, and hence this program track is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents

What is the required public service?  In exchange for the funding, the students serve a qualifying, paid summer internship and commit to working in federal, state, or local government service in a qualified agency for two or three years following graduation. The length of public service is equal in length to the scholarship period.  For example, a Ph. D. student receiving 3 years of funding would serve in a public position (e.g. faculty at a state university) for at least 3 years. Most positions will require a security clearance. 




Industry Track

Where does the funding come from?

The funding for the Industry Employment Track is provided by the MIS Department. Funding support covers all tuition and university provided health insurance. Some funding for professional development may be available. Students in the Industry Track are strongly encouraged to pursue summer internships. Placement support is available for both internships and employment.

Who is the program for?  The program is primarily for eligible U.S. MIS Masters students, who receive two years of funding.  A limited number of positions may be available to MIS Ph.D. students.  

What is required?  In exchange for the funding, the students serve as a .5 Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) as assigned by the MIS department. No post-graduation service is required. Students are strongly encouraged to complete one summer internship.


 Why AZSecure?

The AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellowship program produces top-notch students with a strong background in Information Assurance as well as excellent technical, managerial, and research skills. To date our SFS students have been placed in internships and permanent positions in a variety of top government security agencies, labs, and other locales with a 100% success rate.  Placements have included the Department of Defense, National Security Agency, national labs, and a host of other federal, state, and local agencies.

In addition, the MIS Department has been consistently ranked within the top five programs (public and private) for the last 28 years. The AZSecure curriculum leads students through significant cybersecurity and information assurance coursework and independent research, offering a well-rounded information systems education that includes coursework in enterprise computing and security, analytics and data mining, and system and software design.

AZSecure is one integrated component of the Artificial Intelligence Lab's focus on Cybersecurity Research and Education.   


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