The Advanced Certificate in Information Assurance 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 each course is scheduled at least once during the academic year.

Bridge Courses:

NSSA-241 Networking I
CSEC-101 Fundamentals of Info Security
One year of programming in C++
Discrete Math
NSSA-322 Systems Administration II

Certificate Courses:

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

Course Descriptions:

NSSA-241 Networking I

This course is an introduction to wired network infrastructures, topologies, technologies and protocols required for effective end-to-end communication. Basic security concepts are also introduced at the local area network communication level. Networking layers 1, 2 and 3 are examined in-depth using the International Standards Organization’s Open Systems Interconnection and TCP/IP models. Topics focus on the TCP/IP protocol suite, the Ethernet LAN protocol, and routed and routing protocols common in local area networks. Labs will cover the various aspects of communication, management and security on equipment found in industry. Class 2, Lab 2, Credit 3 (Fall and Spring)

CSEC-101Fundamentals of Computing Security

An introduction to the fundamental issues, concepts and tools common to all areas of computing security. Topics include identifying attackers and their motivations. Essential techniques will be introduced covering the areas of anti-virus, monitoring, virtual machines, account control, and access rights management. Various security models will be investigated. Concept areas such as confidentiality, integrity, availability and privacy will be studied. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall, Spring)

NSSA-322Systems Administration II

An investigation of the tasks of selecting, configuring and administering services in an internetworking environment. Topics include the TCP/IP protocol suite, service administration including DHCP, DNS, SSH, and Kerberos. Students completing this course will have experience in administering an internetwork of computers with a variety of these services as well as an understanding of the similarities and differences between protocols in the TCP/IP suite (TCP and UDP). This course is a writing intensive course and students will be expected to complete several writing projects as part of the course. Students will participate in both a lecture section and a separate lab section (Prerequisites: NSSA-221, NSSA-242) Class 2, Lab, 2, Credit 3. (F,S)

CSEC-603 Enterprise Security and Forensics

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-730Advanced 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-742Computer 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)