This certificate program prepares students to enter the field of Computer Information Security, a fast-growing field. Currently there are too few professionals to fill the positions available. Graduates with a certificate may be hired as entry-level Internet, security, network systems or support administrators or specialists and will be prepared to integrate new security skills into their responsibilities and serve on corporate security teams.
Upon completion of this certificate program, students will be able to:
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Students will learn basic through advanced computer concepts with emphasis on both the personal computer and enterprise computing. Topics include hardware, application and system software, the Internet and World Wide Web, communications, e-commerce, societal issues, database management, systems analysis and design, programming, information systems, career opportunities, certifications in the computer field, and computer trends. (Students may not receive credit for both CSI 101 and CSI 111) Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
Understand the fundamentals of computer nomenclature, particularly with respect to personal computer hardware and software and the World Wide Web; make use of the Web as a repository of the latest information and an integrated learning tool; develop an in-depth understanding of why computers are essential to the business world and society in general; focus on the computer as a valuable productivity tool, recognizing its position as the backbone of the computer industry and as a stand-alone and networked device; learn strategies for purchasing, installing, and maintaining a personal computer system; and learn to plan a career as a knowledge-worker in the information age. This course will enable students in any major to become computer literate. Students may not receive credit for both CSI 111 and BUS 115 or for both CSI 111 and CSI 101. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
An introduction to the systems development life cycle, with emphasis on the analysis and design phases. Structured methodologies utilizing CASE tools, as well as prototyping techniques, are covered. A substantial analysis and design project will be required. This course will provide the student an opportunity to advance well beyond the fundamental computer knowledge developed in a beginning computer class and aid the student in future classes. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have the ability to design complex computer systems. Prerequisite: 12 CSI credits
Each of the managerial functions--planning, organizing, directing, and controlling--is discussed from the standpoint of how all four interrelate to become the management process. Managerial skills necessary to accomplish these functions are also described, including human relations, decision making, and communication.
An introduction to the various technical and administrative aspects of Information Security and Assurance. This course provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents, and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features. Prerequisite: CSI 101 or CSI 111 and eligibility for ENG 101
This course will teach students how to secure any network, large or small. The student will learn the realities that network administrators actually face on the front lines, where they are constantly under attack, and don't always get the support they need from their organization. The course will address many facets of network security, including defining security models, access control, Web/DNS (domain network service)/email security, remote access and VPNs (virtual private networks), wireless LAN/WAN (local area networks and wide area networks), security, day-to-day monitoring and logging, attack response, and more. The student will learn how to systematically identify today's most widespread security mistakes and vulnerabilities, offering realistic and up-to-date solutions. The student will then integrate these techniques in an end-to-end case study, showing how to redesign an insecure enterprise network for maximum security, one step at a time. Prerequisite: CRJ 105 or SEC 105
This course takes an in-depth look at operating system security concepts by examining the theoretical concepts that make the world of security unique. A practical hands-on approach will be used when examining operating system security techniques and strategies. The course will also explore the advances in security implementation and the strategies for solving problems that may be encountered in operating system security. Prerequisite: CRJ 105 or CSI 216
This course will take an in-depth look at network security concepts and techniques and examine theoretical concepts that make the world of security unique using a practical, hands-on approach. In addition, this course will explore the advancements in network implementation as will as timeless problem solving strategies. Prerequisite or Corequisite: SEC 105
The primary emphasis of this course is on intrusion detection. The emphasis is on essential practices such as developing a security policy and then implementing that policy by performing Network Address Translation, setting up packet filtering, and installing proxy servers, firewalls, and virtual private networks. The course will provide the student with a solid foundation in network security defense and assumes familiarity with the Internet and basic networking concepts. Prerequisite: SEC 267
Depending on the course selection, 50% of this porgram can be completed online.