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Information Systems Security & IT Security

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.

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About the Information Systems Security & IT Security Certificate

Information Systems Security & IT Security Course Schedule

The Information Systems Security & IT Security Course Schedule page provides you with detailed information on the program's offerings.

Information Systems Security & IT Security Faculty

You can find a full listing of instructors for this certificate program on the Information Systems Security & IT Security Faculty page.

Admission for Information Systems Security & IT Security

Applicants to this certificate program must hold a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college, university or its foreign equivalent. Three to five years of professional experience in the related field is recommended but not required. A list of admission requirements can be found on our Information Systems Security & IT Security Admission page.

Information Systems Security & IT Security Tuition

Tuition costs can vary for each of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on financial obligations, please visit our Information Systems Security & IT Security Tuition page.

Information Systems Security & IT Security Registration Information

Our Information Systems Security & IT Security Registration Information page outlines important dates and deadlines as well as the process for adding and dropping courses.

Gainful Employment Information Systems Security & IT Security

Common questions and answers related to cost, financing and success in this certificate program are found on our Gainful Employment Information Systems Security & IT Security page.

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.

 

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Information Systems Security & IT Security 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.

Core Courses:Course Detail
Telecommunication Networks <> CIS 413-0

This course provides an overview of telecommunications and data communications. Course work includes local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) components such as switches, routers, telecommunication circuits, and protocols. Advanced topics such as information security, information assurance, advanced networking technologies, and others will be overviewed as well.

Note for students in the MSIS program: This is a core course for all students pursuing the MSIS degree, with the exception of students specializing in Analytics and Business Intelligence. Students should take this course at their earliest opportunity.

Note for students in the MHI/MMI program: This is a core course for students pursuing the Clinical Informatics specialization. 


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Courses:Course Detail
Network Security Fundamentals <> CIS 452-0

Fundamentals of Network Security helps students develop an understanding of computer network security and survivability principles. Course work includes the study of survivability, availability, threats, risk, and policy in a multi-user network. Additionally, students study technical solutions necessary to understanding and securing network information and communications; these include cryptography, firewalls, intrusion, anti-virus, anti-spam, wireless, VPN, host systems, network services, and network infrastructure.

It is highly recommended that students complete CIS 413 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills prior to taking this course.

Note for students in the MSIS program: This course is required for the specialization in Information Systems Security. This course may be used as an elective towards all other specializations.


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Advanced Cyber Security <> CIS 453-0

With increased dependence by organizations and individuals on secure information technology, this course provides a hands-on overview of comprehensive security issues and techniques throughout various areas of cyberspace. Both technical and managerial topics will be explored including: security controls and technologies, cybersecurity law, auditing and cybersecurity programs, risk assessment and mitigation. Effective secure technology management is focused on Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of information from both technical and social aspects of machine and human networks. Tools and topics used to both control and compromise these systems and networks, and how to assuage these attacks, will be demonstrated along with other managerial concerns for individuals interested in cybersecurity. Advanced Cybersecurity will provide learners with insight into defining problems in the field along with an understanding of the negative effects of already experienced throughout the history internet-available data, and those predicted for the future.


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Disaster Recovery & Continuity <> CIS 455-0

This course provides an in-depth study of the technical solutions necessary to support disaster recovery and business continuity in an enterprise networking environment. Course work includes the study of Risk and Business Impact Assessment (BIA), responding to a disaster, disaster recovery strategies, business continuity planning, and creating a recovery plan. Additional discussions will focus on designing a disaster recovery solution and surveying appropriate and current technologies and techniques, including RAID, SAN, clustering, backup solutions, LAN/WAN designs, and environmental impact.

It is highly recommended that students complete CIS 413 and CIS 452 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills prior to taking this course.

Notes for students in the MSIS program: This course is required for the specialization in Information Systems Security. This course may be used as an elective towards all other specializations.


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Information Security Mgmt CIS 457-0

This course emphasizes the need for information technology security and control and provides the reasonable working knowledge required to manage information technology security and risk. This is accomplished through a comprehensive survey of security threats, risk analysis, control techniques, and managerial issues associated with establishing and maintaining an information technology security plan. Topics covered include the need for information security and the benefits of certification, effective information security management, ISO 27001/27002 planning, policy and scope and discussion of PCI-DSS standards and compliance.

It is highly recommended that students complete CIS 413, CIS 452 and CIS 455 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills prior to taking this course.

Notes for students in the MSIS program: This course is required for the specializations in Information Systems Security and Information Systems Management. This course may be used as an elective towards all other specializations.


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