Cybersecurity Certificate

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers two certificates in cybersecurity, both of which can be earned in 12 credit hours with day OR evening classes. Our Level 1 certificate is for IT professionals with absolutely no background in data or computer security, while our Level 2 certificate is designed for IT professionals with some security background.

These certificates can help technology professionals enhance their expertise and marketability without the time and expense of adding a full degree. As cybersecurity demands increase, so too do the demands for professionals with education and knowledge in the field. A cybersecurity certificate could put you a step ahead of the competition in a wide range of sectors, from government and military to business and healthcare. If you want to expand your knowledge even further, consider a cybersecurity minor or a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.

Level 1 certificate

In addition to the listed courses, the student will also take two additional 300 or 400-level cybersecurity courses, one of which may be a general computer science course that is a prerequisite or co-requisite for a specific cybersecurity course. **

  • CIS 125

    Introduction to Cybersecurity, Crime and Policies

    3 credits

    Introduces students to the fields of cyber crime and security. Covers issues associated with different types of threats, attacks, and methods employed against these threats and attacks. Practical cryptography, securities of operating systems, computer networks, database systems, and other types of computer systems will also be introduced.

  • CIS 225

    Information Security Policy Analysis and Implementation

    3 credits

    Covers information assurance, cyber security policies, analysis procedures, risk  assessments, and implementation of security policies. Prerequisites: CIS 125 is a pre- or co-requisite.

Level 2 certificate

In addition to the listed courses, the student will also take three additional 300 or 400-level cybersecurity courses, one of which may be a general computer science course that is a prerequisite or co-requisite for a specific cybersecurity course. **

  • CIS 225

    Information Security Policy Analysis and Implementation

    3 credits

    Covers information assurance, cyber security policies, analysis procedures, risk  assessments, and implementation of security policies. Prerequisites: CIS 125 is a pre- or co-requisite.

** General computer science and cybersecurity courses one might take:

  • CIS 355

    Principles of Operating Systems

    3 credits

    Topics cover the theoretical aspects and concepts of operating systems including system structures, scheduling, concurrent processes and deadlock handling, storage and file management, system protection and security. Also includes lab exercises in UNIX system configuration. Prerequisites: CIS 160 and (CIS 120 or MTH 120).

  • CIS 340

    Concepts of Telecommunications and Networking

    3 credits

    Introduction to the principles and practice of data communication and computer networking. Topics include the theoretical aspects of various methods, media, protocols, data compression, and security in telecommunication. Also includes lab exercises of network and remote access configuration and data exchange. Prerequisites: CIS 160; CIS 120 or MTH 120; either MTH 150 or consent of the instructor.

  • CIS 356

    Operating System Security and Administration

    3 credits

    Covers operating system security and administration with an emphasis on operating  system installation, configuration, administration, and security. Topics include operating system setup, user account control, file system protection, activity logging, system call  auditing, address space management, and intrusion detections. Prerequisites: CIS 120, CIS 125 and CIS 225. CIS 355 is a pre- or co-requisite.

  • CIS 345

    Network Security and Management

    3 credits

    Covers network security and management with an emphasis on computer network   security, implementation, and management. Topics include network core devices (such as routers and switches) setup, configuration, maintenance, security, and firewall management. Prerequisites: CIS 120 and CIS 125. CIS 340 is a pre- or co-requisite.

  • CIS 380

    Web Development Security

    3credits

    Covers web development security with an emphasis on the fundamental principles of security in web applications. Topics include web browser security, server-side web application security and web database security. Prerequisites: CIS 120 and CIS 125. CIS 225 is a pre- or co-requisite.

  • CIS 415

    Server Security and Maintenance/Troubleshooting

    3 credits

    Covers the fundamental security principles of different types of servers, such as file  servers, database servers, web servers, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers, mail servers, and Domain Name System (DNS) servers. Server installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting will be studied. Prerequisites: CIS 120 and CIS 125. CIS 225 is a pre- or co-requisite.

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