Villanova University, ranked #1 Regional University in the North by U.S. News & World Report, recently updated its IT security training program online to prepare IT professionals for the latest Security+ certification exam, offered by CompTIA®, the worldwide leader in IT security certification. Potentially destructive cyber crimes pose a growing threat to corporate and government organizations worldwide, driving demand for IT security professionals with leading-edge expertise and up-to-date credentials. To keep pace with this demand, Villanova University\'s Mastering IS Security+™ course was updated as of December 1, 2011, to reflect the body of knowledge covered in the newest CompTIA Security+™ exam (SYO-301), and includes over 500 sample questions and hundreds of animations and graphics to help prepare IT security professionals for the certification exam. With an emphasis on security risk assessment and planning, forensics, virtualization, and potential new risks associated with cloud computing, countless employers use CompTIA Security+™ certification as an industry standard for assessing the skills of today\'s IT professional. \"Villanova University is pleased to offer the updated Mastering IS Security+™ course,\" said Villanova University Information Systems Security faculty member Michael Gregg, CISSP®, MA. \"Through Villanova\'s 100% online IT security training, IT professionals around the globe can augment their skills to better compete in today\'s cyber security environment and be confident they are receiving instruction that fully aligns with certification standards and industry needs.\" Villanova\'s 100% online IS Security programs prepare professionals for a variety of in-demand industry certifications. CompTIA Security+™ is among the certifications required for federal government security department employees and government contractors engaged in information security. The Mastering IS Security+™ course is required for all three Villanova IS Security tracks: The Master Certificate in Information Security Management - Government program also prepares students for SSCP® and CISSP® certification, as well as CAP® from (ISC)2®. The program also conforms to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standard 4011. Powered by University Alliance technology, Villanova\'s IS Security online programs feature 24/7 access to classes, streaming video, two-way voice over IP (VOIP), shared virtual whiteboards and live chat rooms. For more information or to register for Villanova\'s 100% online IS Security programs, including the newly updated Mastering IS Security+™ course, visit http://www.VillanovaU.com or call 800-571-4953. About Villanova University Founded in 1842, Villanova University is the worldwide leader in professional education online. A traditional, accredited university located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, it has more than 106,000 alumni, NCAA Division I athletic teams, unparalleled academic and technical support, and an outstanding faculty - over 90% of whom hold the highest degrees in their field. Villanova has been ranked the #1 Regional University in the North by U.S. News & World Report for nearly two decades. About University Alliance The University Alliance (UA) facilitates the promotion and online delivery of associate\'s, bachelor\'s and master\'s degrees as well as professional certificate programs from the nation\'s leading traditional universities and institutions. Powered by UA\'s technology and support services, its university partners have surpassed 450,000 online enrollments - making UA the largest facilitator of e-learning in the country. University partners include Villanova University, the University of Notre Dame\'s Mendoza College of Business, Michigan State University, Tulane University\'s Freeman School of Business, the University of San Francisco, the University of Vermont, Florida Institute of Technology, The University of Scranton, Jacksonville University and Dominican University.