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 completion of this certificate, students 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.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

ISSC640Computer Networks and Data Systems3
ISSC641Telecommunications and Network Security3
ISSC660Information Assurance3
ISSC661Information Assurance: Assessment and Evaluation (Prerequisite: ISSC660 - Information Assurance)3
ISSC662Information Assurance: Capability Maturity and Appraisals (Prerequisite: ISSC660 - Information Assurance)3
ISSC680Information Security Management3
Total Semester Hours18