The security of information resources and associated technologies has become critical in today’s interconnected world. Cybersecurity professionals ensure information is protected from data breaches, unauthorized access, and data security threats.
Information Security Certificate students will leverage their technical knowledge with problem-solving skills to address the growing threats arising from cyberattacks and information privacy intrusions. Students will be equipped with the skills needed to assess risks to the security of personal and proprietary information in an organization and articulate the technical, organizational, and human factors associated with these risks.
Information Security jobs are among the fastest-growing careers nationally. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that “Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.” (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm).
Students will learn to evaluate information technology tools designed to protect against threats facing organizations and assess the impact of security policies on existing complex systems and organizational objectives while considering regulatory requirements and compliance. Students will be well equipped to oversee the information security life cycle of an organization, including planning, acquisition, development, and evolution of secure infrastructures.
The undergraduate certificate in Cybersecurity will provide a documented credential that an informal track of courses does not reflect. As a certificate, it could also be completed independently of the Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology (BSIST) program.
Graduates can work in careers such as information security analysts, penetration testers, and forensic computer analysts.
To fulfill the requirements for the cybersecurity certificate, students must complete the following coursework with a minimum 2.5 GPA:
|INFOST 325||Information Security I||3|
|INFOST 385||Information Security II||3|
|Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following eligible courses|
|Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services|
|Advanced Topics in Information Science & Technology: (Relevant courses such as Web Application Penetration Testing)|
|Special Topics in Information Science: (Relevant courses such as Computer Forensics)|
|Ethical Hacking I|
|Ethical Hacking II|
|Cisco Routing & Switching I|
|Introduction to Computer Security|
|Privacy and Information Security for Business|