The graduate certificate in Information Systems Security teaches secure network design, development of security policies and programs, cryptography, business continuity planning, and other skills necessary to protect organizational systems from growing sophisticated attacks. This certificate program is intended for graduate students who seek to heighten their knowledge of information assurance without committing to an academic degree program.

Courseware in this online program aligns with knowledge needed for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, the gold standard certification for international information security.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Certificate Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the differences between the various network topologies (both physical and logical) and appraise the various types of Security Architecture and Design models.
  • Examine the seven-layer OSI networking model and its relation to common protocol stacks and inspect the components of a packet (header, body, CRC, etc.).
  • Examine the principles of network security and assess cellular architecture.
  • Evaluate the process for securing current and next generation telecommunications networks.
  • Examine the principles of intrusion detection and intrusion prevention.
  • Differentiate between the different types of cryptographic algorithms.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

ISSC621Computer Forensics3
ISSC640Computer Networks and Data Systems3
ISSC641Telecommunications and Network Security3
ISSC642Intrusion Detection and Incident Handling3
ISSC660Information Assurance3
ISSC680Information Security Management3
Total Semester Hours18