Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has renewed an agreement with the University of Hyogo (UH) in Kobe, Japan to continue an information security dual-degree program.

In 2005, Carnegie Mellon partnered with the Hyogo Prefectural government to create the Kobe Master of Science in Information Technology – Information Security (MSIT-IS). The program blends information security technology with management and policy, and features core courses ranging from “Networking Security” to “Information Security Risk Analysis.” Since 2005, the program has graduated 67 students drawn from countries across the globe.

“The continuation of this partnership is vital to meeting the demands of our global society and addressing the critical issue of information security,” said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute (INI). “The cross-cultural connection has redefined the CMU experience, highlighting the truly global nature of the challenges students will face as information security professionals.”

The cross-cultural connection has redefined the CMU experience.

Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Director, Information Networking Institute (INI), Carnegie Mellon University

With its recent renewal, the program will continue for five years with three cohorts of students. Building upon the initial focus in 2005, that of education and research closely intertwined, the renewed partnership will feature a research collaboration between UH and Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

“Recently in Japan, there have been large waves of financial frauds and APTs [advanced persistent threats], and thus, there is a growing demand for security specialists,” explained student Kenta Okumoto. His company, the Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd., is sponsoring his enrollment so that he may gain advanced skills in information security that will enhance his role as a software engineer.

Fellow student Min Sok Hwang chose the program to gain exposure to the diverse security cultures of Japan and the United States.

“This program offers a superb chance to meet with top professors, alumni, and students from all over the world at the two locations,” said Hwang. “Pittsburgh and Kobe are both excellent places to study and live in.”