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Certificates

The Advanced Certificate in Information Assurance (Cybersecurity) is designed for individuals who have previous education or experience in a computing discipline such as computer science, networking, IT, or software engineering, and would like to enhance their skills to include a foundation in computing security. Topics covered include network security and computer system security theory and practices for enterprise-level organizations as well as forensics. The program is composed of 4 courses for a total of 12 semester-credit hours of graduate study with the Computing Security department. These courses can be used to fulfill the requirements of the MS in Computing Security should you choose to pursue it. The program is delivered on campus and online. Each course is scheduled at least once during the academic year.

Prerequisite:

Knowledge of computer networking and system administration or CSEC-600 Introduction to Computing Security

Certificate Courses:

CSEC-603 Enterprise Security
CSEC-730 Advanced Computer Forensics
CSEC-742 Computer System Security
CSEC-744 Network Security

Course Descriptions:

CSEC-600 Introduction to Computing Security

This course is a bridge course for the Advanced Certificate in Information Assurance (Cybersecurity).

This is a graduate level introduction to the field of computing security. An extensive overview of various branches of computing security areas will be presented including concepts, issues, and tools that are critical in solving problems in computing security domain. Students will have opportunities to learn essential techniques in protecting systems and network infrastructures, analyzing and monitoring potential threats and attacks, devising and implementing security solutions for organizations large or small.

CSEC-603 Enterprise Security

This course is designed to provide students with the advanced concepts needed to establish network security strategies to ensure adequate protection for the corporate environment and yet provide accessibility for the corporate community. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall Spring)

CSEC-730 Advanced Computer Forensics

This course provides students with the latest techniques and methods needed for extracting, preserving and analyzing volatile and nonvolatile information from digital devices. Students will gain exposure to the spectrum of available computer forensics tools along with developing their own tools for “special need” situations. The core forensics procedures necessary for ensuring the admissibility of evidence in court, as well as the legal and ethical implications of the process, will be covered on both Unix and Windows platforms, under multiple file systems. Therefore, students must possess knowledge of available file systems on both platforms. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall, Spring)

CSEC-742 Computer System Security

The importance of effective security policies and procedures coupled with experience and practice is emphasized and reinforced through research and practical assignments. Organization and management of security discipline and response to threats is studied. Case studies of effective and failed security planning and implementation will be examined and analyzed. The issues influencing proper and appropriate planning for security and response to attacks will be studied. To be successful in this course students should be knowledgeable in networking, systems, and security technologies. Class 3, Credit 3 (F)

CSEC-744 Network Security

Students will examine the areas of intrusion detection, evidence collection, network auditing, network security policy design and implementation as well as preparation for and defense against attacks. The issues and facilities available to both the intruder and data network administrator will be examined and evaluated with appropriate laboratory exercises to illustrate their effect. The students will be provided with an understanding of the principles and concepts of wired and wireless data network security. Students will perform a series of laboratory or homework experiments in order to explore various mechanisms for securing data networks including physical layer mechanisms, filters, applications and encryption. Students will engage in attack/defend scenarios to test their deployments against other teams. Students should be knowledgeable in networking technologies. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall, Spring)