Information Security is certainly one of the most exciting and ever growing areas within IT. Global IT security spending is projected by business magazine Forbes to possibly increase tenfold in the coming decade (from around 60 billion euros to 600 billion euros per year). This type of growth will have far reaching impacts on the job market for graduates from advanced studies in information and cyber security. The demand for educated information security specialists is already very high, almost always among the first top jobs in IT and in the coming years it is expected to continue its growth almost exponentially.
Stockholm University pioneered academic research and education in information security in Sweden in the 1960s. The university has since then turned out thousands of graduates who are now part of academia and industry around the globe.
Graduates of this programme are ready to work in the area of information security and related fields in both private and public sector organisations as managers, advisors and specialists providing professional and expert know-how.
Information security is primarily concerned with the protection of information assets. Today, most of the information resides in - and is communicated via IT systems. Hence, these systems need to be protected from various threats and attacks. The goal of information security is to protect with respect to the information its confidentiality, integrity and availability. Naturally, it all depends on the business needs and legal requirements. The area of information security is both exciting and overreaching since it also entails the protection of the essential and critical cyber infrastructure, trying to prevent or solve a wide range of computer crimes and other illicit activities, as well as protecting human rights, freedom and democracy. One of the many objectives is to devise new methods and strategies for cyber readiness and defence.
- Information Security
- Network security
- Cyber security
- Cyber Forensics
Shengnan Han is associate professor of computer and system sciences at Stockholm University. She received a Doctorate in Economics (information systems) from Åbo Akademi University, Finland in 2005. She is engaged in research on digital business, IT innovation, IT adoption and diffusion, value-added mobile services (for business, healthcare, and governments), business process management, IT governance, and strategic IT management. She has published 40 articiles in peer reviewed journals, internatiional conferences, and book chapters. Her paper has appeared in Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, International Journal of IT/Business Alignment and Governance, Journal of Systems and Information Technology, International Journal of Mobile Communication, Compus-Wide Information Systems, and proceedings of ECIS, PACIS , AMCIS, CAiSE, and HICSS. She is on the editorial board for Electronic Market: the International Journal on Networked Business, and Telematics & Informatics.