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Choosing the right advanced degree for security management

Which degree is better for a security management position, an MBA with a focus in IT or an MS in security? I currently have a BS in IT and eight years of experience in infosec. I am looking to make the progression into security management, but I am not sure which advanced degree will help the most.

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If you really want to do hands-on, information-security work, I'd strongly recommend the MS in security, because it's a more technically-focused degree (which I assume would be either in computer science or engineering). I'd also urge you to pursue the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification ( and the CPP (Certified Protection Professional); for more info on the CPP, visit

Based on your current degree and experience, you sound like you're already off to an excellent start!

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This was first published in April 2003

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