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Information Technology Graduate Certificate, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

School of Business and Technology

This graduate certificate is designed to prepare learners to manage a large organization’s enterprise security based on the 10 domains of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification from International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2. Learners focus on developing competencies associated with the CISSP certification from (ISC)2 and gaining information security knowledge and experience through practice and interaction.

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Five Required Courses

 

 

20 quarter credits

IAS5010
Information Technology Security Fundamentals

In this course, learners examine the technology and security principles that apply throughout system and product life cycles. Learners identify the basic network components in an information technology system, analyze how they interact, and evaluate their role in system operation. Learners explore the basic role and function of network devices including routers, switches, firewalls, VPNs, and intrusion detection as well as the underlying protocols and controls that contribute to their operation. In addition, learners demonstrate their ability to use network security tools and network analysis.

4 quarter credits
IAS5015 *
Network Security Fundamentals and Cryptography

Learners apply foundational concepts of cybersecurity and information assurance to select appropriate information security policies, procedures, and controls to defend enterprise information assets from breaches of confidentiality and integrity. Learners identify specific points of vulnerability that may be mitigated through the use of administrative security policies and operational information security tools. Learners also examine principles of cryptography and some of the security controls and methods that use it. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IAS5010 or PM5331.

4 quarter credits
IAS5020 *
Information Security Regulatory and Legal Environment

Learners apply cyber-defense and information assurance controls in context of the rules and guidelines that influence them and with an understanding of the security standards, responsibilities, rules, regulations, and issues that impact a particular organization. Learners identify laws and policies related to cyber-defense and how they relate to the storage and transmission of data. Learners also study basic concepts of audit, evidence collection, and chain of custody rules.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IAS5015.

4 quarter credits
IAS5025 *
Operating System Defense

Learners in this course explore the fundamental security issues related to operating system (OS) defense. Learners also employ best practices to harden operating systems and associated software applications using various tools as a part of a layered defense-in-depth strategy. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent regitration in IAS5020.

4 quarter credits
IAS5030 *
Identifying and Managing Risk

Learners identify common information security risk analysis methodologies, their characteristics, pros and cons, and applications. Learners examine the sources of risk, including external malicious attackers, intentional and accidental attacks by internal users, and threats from environmental and structural sources. Learners also identify vulnerabilities in hardware, software, locations, and procedures that provide an opening to attackers and create risk to organizations. Learners demonstrate risk assessment techniques through hands-on application of software vulnerability testing tools.  Prerequisite(s): IAS5025.

4 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

20 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.