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Program Overview

Information Assurance (IA) is the practice of assuring information and managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes. While focused dominantly on information in digital form, the full range of IA encompasses not only digital but also analog or physical form. Information assurance as a field has grown from the practice of information security which in turn grew out of practices and procedures of computer security. Generally, IA is considered more of the strategic risk management of information systems rather than the creation and application of security controls. In addition to defending against malicious hackers and codes (e.g., viruses), IA practitioners consider corporate governance issues such as privacy, regulatory and standards compliance, auditing, business continuity, and disaster recovery as they relate to information systems. Further, while information security draws primarily from computer science, IA is an interdisciplinary field requiring expertise in accounting, fraud examination, forensic science, management science, systems engineering, security engineering, and criminology, in addition to computer science. Therefore, IA is best thought of as a superset of information security, integrating people, technology and operations to establish security and protection across multiple layers and dimensions.

The MSc (Information Assurance) programme offered by UTM AIS will be the integration of digital forensic science, security engineering, IT risk management of management systems and standard compliance towards a safe and secured Information Society against emerging threats.


Program Outcome

This programme is able to produce students be able :

  1. Integrate and generate in-depth information assurance knowledge in professional practices for the benefit of information assurance discipline.
  2. Organise, construct and verify a set of activities to solve information  problem.
  3. Evaluate situations and react and display through discussion and communication among peers and others.
  4. Integrate information assurance professional ethics in the profession, organisation and society.
  5. Organise and adapt contemporary knowledge independently and manage information effectively and securely.
  6. Demonstrate managerial and enterprising skills.

Mode of Study
Course Work

Mode Min Semester Max Semester
Full time 3 6
Part time 4 8


This program will be conducted at Advanced Informatics School (UTM AIS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

English language is the main medium for teaching & learning activities

Career Opportunity
Graduates of the programme can work as Information Assurance Analysts, Information Security Officers, Information Assurance Architects, Information Assurance Managers, Academics, Security Analysts, Information Assurance Policy Developers, and Information Assurance Risk Analysts.


Security Career Road Map based on SANS Security

All applications must be made online through School of Postgraduate Studies official website (

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Tel: +603-2180 5213 / 5217 / 5275

Fax: +603-2180 5370