Two new qualifications aim to give IT security professionals the management and communication skills needed to take up board-level positions.
The qualifications, developed by US security research organisation the Sans Institute, are the first to combine in-depth technical knowledge with comprehensive training in business communication skills.
The MSc in information security engineering is designed to equip people for technical leadership roles, such as managing network and security specialists. The information security management degree is designed to prepare the next generation of chief information officers.
Although there are other masters degrees in security on offer, they focus on technical skills and do not equip security professionals for work in business, said Sans Institute director Alan Paller.
Candidates, who must be working full-time and have the backing of their employers, will be able to study for the degrees through a combination of distance study and intensive residential courses.
The Sans Institute said the programmes would be extremely challenging and require students to achieve a level beyond that demanded by other courses.