Program Overview

Information Systems Security & IT Security Certificate

Securing and safeguarding data and information is an ever-increasing urgent concern, especially in a post-9/11 world. The information systems security certificate focuses on skills that allow students to design a secured system and make recommendations for the protection of sensitive corporate data in accordance with commerce and privacy regulations. Students learn how to secure network systems (LAN, WAN, wireless). Topics include VPN, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, cryptography, anti-virus, anti-spam and application security techniques. Students also learn the managerial and administrative aspects of security such as vulnerabilities, countermeasures, network security architectures, policy development and legal/ regulatory issues, risk management and disaster recovery planning.

Additional Information

Applicants must possess a graduate degree in order to be considered for this program. However no prior IT experience or coursework is required.

Accepted students must successfully complete CIS 413 prior to enrolling in CIS 452.

Required Courses

To earn a certificate, students must complete the following four courses. In some cases, students who have completed equivalent coursework previously may be allowed to replace the required course with another course in the field.

Please note that courses completed in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree.


  • CIS 413-0 OR 413-DL Telecommunication Networks
  • CIS 452-0 OR 452-DL Network Security Fundamentals
  • CIS 453-0 Advanced Cyber Security
  • CIS 455-DL Disaster Recovery & Continuity
  • CIS 457-DL Information Security Mgmt