Kaspersky Lab and the Russian-Armenian (Slavic) University (RAU) are introducing a new Master's program ‘Mathematical and Software Information Protection’ for the University’s existing students and applicants. The program on information security entails a two-year Master's training course that begins on September 1, 2016. Kaspersky Lab has helped RAU with the development of the MA degree program. In addition, the company's experts will teach students a number of specialized disciplines.
The official announcement of the new Master's course in information security at RAU came during the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between Kaspersky Lab and the university. During a face-to-face meeting, Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, and RAU rector Armen Darbinyan declared their intention to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between their two organizations and implement joint educational projects. In addition, the RAU rector officially awarded Eugene Kaspersky with an honorary doctorate of the university.
Commenting on cooperation between Kaspersky Lab and the university in establishing the new course, Mr. Darbinyan said: "Our university has always been at the forefront of training specialists in information technologies, and we continue to build capacity in this area. As of the start of the new school year a new Master's program to train specialists in the field of information security will be introduced. This is very significant not only for the university but also for the whole country, because today Armenian companies are experiencing an acute shortage of highly qualified IT security specialists. And the fact that training specialists in information security will be carried out at our university with the assistance of Kaspersky Lab, the recognized world leader in the field of cybersecurity, is a great honor for us".
In turn, Eugene Kaspersky said: "Cyberthreats are constantly evolving: they are becoming more complex, secretive and dangerous, so we should always be one step ahead of those behind them – cybercriminals. Over the last 19 years we have accumulated extensive knowledge and experience in the field of developing security solutions to combat cyberattacks, in detecting the world’s most sophisticated malware, and in investigating cybersecurity incidents. In our industry we face a global problem of a shortage of highly qualified specialists. This is why we consider it very important to support educational programs in this area. We hope that very soon graduates of the new Master's program will start actively saving the world from cyberthreats. And not a moment too soon".