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Information Assurance Adv. Cert.

Sumita Mishra, Graduate Program Director
(585) 475-2700, ComSec@rit.edu

http://csec.rit.edu/

Program overview

This advanced certificate provides the fundamental knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics necessary for information assurance in networked environments. Students learn to make computers and networks resistant to attack by closing off vulnerabilities and by monitoring intrusions. The application of forensics allows successful attacks on computer systems to be detected. This involves gathering information on the nature and extent of the attack for presentation in a court of law, as well as assessing the extent of the damage to an organization. Courses taken as part of this certificate can transfer into the MS program in computing security.

Curriculum

Information assurance, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CSEC-744 Network Security 3
CSEC-603 Enterprise Security 3
CSEC-742 Computer System Security 3
CSEC-730 Advanced Computer Forensics 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 12

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in information assurance, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with course work or extensive work experience in networking theory and practice, systems administration, programming (C/C++), and OS scripting, 
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average or a first class degree from a foreign university),
  • Submit transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, and
  • Complete a graduate application.

While GRE scores are not required, they are strongly recommended for applicants with an undergraduate GPA that is lower than required. Relevant employment experience can strengthen a candidate's application for admission.

Additional information

Study options

This certificate is intended for part-time study; therefore, RIT cannot issue I-20 paperwork. Currently, courses are only offered on-campus. 

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

This advanced certificate provides the fundamental knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics necessary to provide information assurance in networked environments. Students learn to make computers and networks resistant to attack by closing off vulnerabilities and by monitoring intrusions. The application of forensics allows successful attacks on computer systems to be detected. This involves gathering information on the nature and extent of the attack for presentation in court, as well as assessing the extent of the damage to an organization. Courses taken as part of this certificate can transfer into the MS in networking and systems administration or the MS in computing security and information assurance.

This certificate is intended for part-time study; therefore RIT cannot issue I-20 paperwork. International students may study part-time through online learning.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Information assurance, advanced certificate, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
4055-755 Secured Wireless and Wired Networks 4
4055-780 Computer System Security 4
4055-841 Advanced Computer Forensics 4
4055-882 Enterprise Security 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 12

Information assurance, advanced certificate, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NSSA-744 Network Security 3
NSSA-603 Enterprise Security and Forensics 3
NSSA-742 Computer System Security 3
NSSA-730 Advanced Computer Forensics 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 12

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate program in information assurance, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with course work or extensive work experience in networking, systems administration, programming (C++) and OS scripting (Perl preferred), 
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (or a first class degree from a foreign university),
  • Submit transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Complete a graduate application.

While GRE scores are not required, they are strongly suggested for applicants with an undergraduate degree but with a lower GPA than required. Strong scores, or a proven record of achieving a grade of B or better in more recent course work, could strengthen a candidate's application for admission.