- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Friends University plans to offer a master of science in information security program this fall.

The program will help fill increasing demand for security information workers, the Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1oXZXQl ) reported.

Several high-profile incidents are helping drive the demand, including the massive data breach at Target stores and the spread of the computer bug nicknamed “Heartbleed.”

“As we learned with several recent security breaches in industry and government, just knowing about security is not enough to protect the organization,” David Hofmeister, dean of the Friends University Graduate School, said in a statement. “What the program provides its students is the capacity to protect systems and what to do when the breach occurs at both technological and managerial levels.”

“Heartbleed” took advantage of a flaw in a key piece of security technology used by more than 500,000 websites that had been exposing online passwords and other sensitive data to potential theft for more than two years.

And during the Target credit data breach last year, hackers stole about 40 million debit and credit card numbers and personal information for another 70 million people.

Friends University said that a graduate-level curriculum for information system is new to Wichita and its surrounding region. The program will be offered both at its Wichita campus and online for students outside the Wichita area.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com