Information Security Planning
The undergraduate certificate in Information Security Planning examines the principles of information systems attack and defense, and applies that knowledge to protect the information assets of an organization. You’ll be taught how to design secure networks, develop security policies, use cryptography, and perform business continuity planning.
Courses in this program meet the topical requirements of the DoD Directive 8570.1M Information Assurance Management (IAM) Technical II, Technical III, Management I, Management II, and Management III categories. Additionally, the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) has certified some courses for this program.
The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:
- Information assurance engineering
- Network attack detection and prevention
- Information security issues
- Security planning and vulnerabilities
- IT security auditing, planning, and policies
- Cyber laws and digital privacy
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- Assess the laws (national and federal), policies (including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act), issues (social, psychological, legal, and management), risks, and controls related to information assurance and network security.
- Appraise the principles and concepts behind computer network defense (CND) methodology, robust codes, cryptography, authentication, authorization, non-repudiation, and commercially available security packages (PKI, PGP, Kerberos, SSL, VPN).
- Examine the processes, roles, and responsibilities of management and security professionals in risk assessment, risk mitigation, security validation, policy enforcement, and personnel indoctrination.
- Assess the key components of the Physical Security Policy, Internet Security Policy, E-Mail Security Policy, Encryption Security Policy, Software Development Security Policy, Authentication Security Policy, Network Security Policy, Acceptable Use Policy, and the policy that addresses viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.
- Assess the engineering discipline, process, techniques, tools, and technologies used by hackers to gain unauthorized access to the systems and appraise counter measures to mitigate this risk.
- Examine the plans, procedures, practices, and tools to ensure business continuity and to recover rapidly after an incident.
- All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
- New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your APU admissions representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
- If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
- There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.
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: $270 | $250 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 that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.
Paying for School
Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:
Ways to Save
Undergraduate Book Grant
Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.
Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.
APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.