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UOIT to offer first Canadian Master's program in IT security

OSHAWA, Ont. - Beginning in September 2005, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will offer a Master of Information Technology Security -- the first of its kind in Canada and one of few specialized IT security graduate degree programs in the world.

Since the global IT security market is expected to grow to $45 billion by 2006, there is a definite need for increased protection. The UOIT Master's program will satisfy this market demand by allowing students to develop an extensive understanding of information technology security through theory and applied learning, while polishing their communications skills and examining business and IT ethics in a team environment.

"This program will prepare students to work in a variety of high-tech positions for a wide range of firms -- from business and financial corporations to government agencies," said Dr. Clemens Martin, director of IT programs at UOIT.

As part of the program students will benefit from the UOIT Hacker Research Lab, which has been designed to host a variety of network equipment and wireless devices in a secured setting. In order to see all perspectives of security, lab assignments will include two teams working on a network -- one group strives to secure the system, while the other goes on the attack and attempts to breach security.

For more information on the Master of Information Technology Security, visit


About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
As the province's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides a unique combination of academic knowledge, vibrant student life, leading edge research, and hands-on skills. The university offers career-focused undergraduate degree programs in the fields of business and information technology, sciences, engineering, nursing, social science, and education. It is also developing leading edge research and graduate programs, and is Ontario's first laptop-based university. Sharing facilities and selected services with Durham College, UOIT has attracted over 1,800 students since its inception in 2003. To find out more, visit or call 1.866.844.8648.

About Ontario Tech University
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