The graduate certificate in Information Assurance teaches the theory and technical skills needed to detect threats and to secure vital, sensitive information assets across enterprise networks for organizations and government agencies. Achieving credentials in the information assurance (IA) field helps prove your knowledge of: network security solutions; continuous monitoring, activity analysis, threat detection, warnings, and attacks; cryptography; security awareness training and support; and infrastructure security engineering. This certificate program is intended for graduate students who seek to heighten their knowledge of information assurance without committing to an academic degree program.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Certificate Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze the components of an information assurance and certification plan.
  • Assess security governance objectives and risk management objectives.
  • Examine the phases, processes, standards, the levels, and the process areas of the INFOSEC Assessment Capability Maturity Model (IA-CMM).
  • Appraise and conduct a complete threat, vulnerability, impact, and risk assessment; and synthesize risk mitigation strategies based on the analysis of this data.
  • Evaluate the processes and deliverables of the INFOSEC assessment methodology (IAM).
  • Design relevant information security management metrics by analyzing incident management and response data.

Programmatic Admission Requirements

For this program, you must provide an official transcript of your previously-completed bachelor's or master's degree and have ONE of the following:

  • Associate or bachelor's degree in information technology or a related field (computer science, information systems, database development, etc.)
  • 2 years of work experience in the specific sub-field for this certificate - to be documented in your resume or your Joint Services Transcript (JST) and DD214 (resume with references required)
  • Completion of one of our undergraduate IT certificates in the past 10 years
  • Completion of 6 upper-level (300-400) undergraduate credits in IT-related courses (completed within the past 10 years)
  • Completion of an IT-related minor or concentration during your undergraduate program (completed within the last 10 years)
  • Certification from CompTIA A+ (2010 – Present) or a combination of the following (must have two) CompTIA Network +, CompTIA Project +, CompTIA Security+ (all 2010-Present)
  • A valid and current Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute
  • Completion of CISSP certification (valid up until the expiration date)

Notes:

  • If the IT-specific requirements are not noted in the official bachelor's or master's transcript, you must provide official copies of your undergraduate transcripts that show the appropriate coursework.
  • The verification of the 2-years work experience needs to be sent to the university from your current/previous employer on company letterhead.
  • Preadmission courses completed at the undergraduate level must be graded C or better; B or better at the graduate level.

Please visit our AMU or APU graduate admission page for more information on institutional admission requirements.

Need help?

If you have questions regarding a program’s admission requirements, please contact an admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

ISSC640Computer Networks and Data Systems3
ISSC641Telecommunications and Network Security3
ISSC660Information Assurance3
ISSC661Information Assurance: Assessment and Evaluation3
ISSC662Information Assurance: Capability Maturity and Appraisals3
ISSC680Information Security Management3
Total Semester Hours18