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Hardly a day goes by without some type of cybercrime or terrorist attack grabbing headlines.

From data breaches at Target to alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential election, cyberattacks have made cybersecurity a vital concern for every American. Meanwhile, terror attacks and natural disasters increasingly shape how we operate in the private and public sectors. People with expertise in both homeland security and cybersecurity are in demand in a wide variety of industries—and one way to gain that expertise is to take advantage of two new online degree programs, the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Law  and the Master of Science in Homeland Security and Crisis Management Law at the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law.

Don’t let the word “law” scare you. Both programs are designed for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, and what you’ll learn can help you in all types of businesses and industries. The courses are offered on a part-time schedule and are ideal for working professionals or small business owners who need to work at their own pace. Making them even more convenient, both programs are “asynchronous”—in other words, you don’t need to go online at a specific time or date to participate but can sign in to attend lectures and complete assignments any time ahead of the deadlines.

The programs are led by distinguished, full-time faculty members and staff at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. Overseen by Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, the Center works closely with top federal, state and local emergency responders and cyber security experts.

There’s no better place to learn about cybersecurity and homeland security. As the home of the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Maryland is at the heart of the nation’s cybersecurity expertise. But thanks to these online programs, you no longer need to visit the Washington, D.C., metro area to benefit from all of this expertise. Meanwhile, the many homeland security and emergency management agencies in the Baltimore-Washington Metro area include the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

The Master of Science in Homeland Security & Crisis Management Law program is valuable for anyone who is involved in emergency preparedness or response, including emergency responders and managers, public health officials, and policy makers. When it comes to disaster preparedness and response, there are numerous laws and regulations that come into play. Students will learn to navigate the statutes, cases, regulations, and operating procedures that govern response to human-caused events (terrorism), natural disasters (super storms, fires, earthquakes, explosions and floods) and emerging infectious diseases (e.g., Zika and Ebola). Graduates gain an understanding of the laws and industry best practices, providing them with comprehensive expertise in the legal and regulatory environment that governs emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity Law program can benefit not only employees and entrepreneurs in the IT industry but also anyone whose business deals with sensitive financial, medical or other customer and client data. In this program, you’ll learn how to identify cyber threats, navigate the privacy issues involved in cybersecurity, and understand cybersecurity laws and regulations.

Each of the programs takes four semesters to complete. The University of Maryland Carey School of Law is now accepting applications for the semester beginning September 2017. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to help students defray the cost of tuition.

Chances are that you or your employees could benefit from one or both of these degree programs.