Information Systems Security
The graduate certificate in Information Systems Security teaches secure network design, development of security policies and programs, cryptography, business continuity planning, and other skills necessary to protect organizational systems from growing sophisticated attacks. This certificate program is intended for graduate students who seek to heighten their knowledge of information assurance without committing to an academic degree program.
Courseware in this online program aligns with knowledge needed for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, the gold standard certification for international information security.
The curriculum is reviewed by an advisory panel of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:
- Computer networks and data systems
- Intrusion detection, prevention, and incident handling
- Information assurance
- Application security
- Computer forensics
- Business continuity and disaster recovery planning
- Operations, physical or environmental security
- Security architecture and design
- Telecommunications and network security
- Legal regulations, compliance and investigations
In addition to the institutional and general learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- Compare and contrast the differences between the various network topologies (both physical and logical) and appraise the various types of security architecture and design models.
- Examine the seven-layer OSI networking model and its relation to common protocol stacks, and inspect the components of a packet (header, body, CRC, etc.).
- Examine the principles of network security and assess cellular architecture.
- Evaluate the process for securing current and next generation telecommunications networks.
- Examine the principles of intrusion detection and intrusion prevention.
- Differentiate between the different types of cryptographic algorithms.
All APU graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
For this program, you must provide an official transcript of your previously-completed bachelor's or master's degree and have ONE of the following:
- Associate or bachelor's degree in information technology or a related field (ex: computer science, information systems, database development, etc.)
- 2 years of work experience in the specific sub-field for this certificate
- Completion of one of our undergraduate IT certificates
- Completion of 6 upper-level (300-400) undergraduate credits in IT-related courses
- Completion of an IT-related minor or concentration during your undergraduate program
- Certification from CompTIA A+ (2010 – Present) or a combination of the following (must have two) CompTIA Network +, CompTIA Project +, CompTIA Security+ (all 2010-Present)
- A valid and current Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute
- Completion of CISSP certification (valid up until the expiration date)
- If the IT-specific requirements are not noted in the official bachelor's or master's transcript, you must provide official copies of your undergraduate transcripts that show the appropriate coursework.
- The verification of the 2-years work experience needs to be sent to the university from your current/previous employer on company letterhead.
- Preadmission courses completed at the undergraduate level must be graded C or better; B or better at the graduate level.
An APU admissions representative will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your documentation, and to notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.
Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*
*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.
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