MINNEAPOLIS, May 8, 2006 — By 2009, the number of information security jobs worldwide will increase by half a million, according to a survey sponsored by The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2). To meet this growing need, Capella University has announced that its School of Undergraduate Studies will be offering a new specialization in information assurance and security as part of its Bachelor of Science in information technology program. This new information technology online degree specialization will be offered beginning with the Capella's July 2006 quarter.

“National security issues, Sarbanes-Oxley and other financial and health care regulations, and growing computer privacy concerns are driving the demand for assurance and security professionals,” said Keith Morneau, EdD, faculty chair of Capella's BS in information technology program. “This has been compounded by a shortage of specialists in this field and a reluctance to outsource information security jobs overseas. Capella's new specialization is designed to provide students with the technological, business, and communication skills they need to help meet this demand. We are taking an applied approach that balances theory with real world business applications, providing learners with a breadth and depth of experiences in different industries that require good information security professionals.”

Capella is now accepting enrollment applications for its new bachelor's in information technology, information assurance and security specialization. For more information, please call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552), option 3, or e-mail info@capella.edu. Approval for this specialization is pending in Arkansas and Ohio. Contact an enrollment counselor for current approval status in these states.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services and psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Science online degree program with 12 specializations in business and information technology. The online university currently serves more than 15,700 enrolled learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. Capella is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552)

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.