Dec 16, 2018  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Graduate Certificate in Information Security/Assurance (ISEC)

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Adviser: Skip Lawver, Sp.A.
122 Sill

The information security graduate certificate program provides professionals with instruction necessary to participate in a team-based information security or protection program in larger organizations and to initiate and manage programs in smaller organizations. The program is appropriate for professionals with special needs (as for example, those in legal fields, law enforcement, computer training and education, marketing or other fields concerned with information security-related issues and or products and services). The program can also, with appropriate preparatory experiences, serve a general educational role for individuals who want to become better decision-makers and more knowledgeable participants/discussants in legislative and ethical issues.

Students completing the program will be able to

  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of federal, state and international law to information security cases and contemporary events. The primary areas of competence include, but are not limited to; computer crime, intellectual property, privacy and confidentiality, and cryptography.
  2. Analyze and take informed positions on ethical issues that relate to information collection, processing, storage and transmission.
  3. Evaluate and write policies, procedures and plans that provide the foundation for a sound information security program.
  4. Assess risks to the security of information based on threats and vulnerabilities; establish security requirements for organizations to reduce risks.
  5. Prepare a comprehensive information security program plan for organizations and prepare related documents necessary to implement and maintain a comprehensive program.
  6. Pose a significant information security problem and prepare a proposal for its study using a generally accepted methodology for the study.

It is also the goal of the program to provide instruction that aids individuals who are preparing for the computer information system security professional (CISSP) examination.

Admission Requirements
Applicants Must:

  1. Obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher;
  3. Have a goal statement as part of the admission application that is consistent with program objectives;
  4. Submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation focusing on evidence of experience relevant to information security; and
  5. Submit a goal statement demonstrating how the graduate certificate program will help the student’s professional goals.

Qualifying students may apply 13 hours to the master of liberal studies or master of science program in interdisciplinary technology

Certificate Requirements

This certificate requires 17-18 hours of course work as follows:

  • Restricted elective to be determined in consultation with the adviser (2-3 hrs)

Certificate Total: 17-18 hours


In order to obtain the graduate certificate, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required.

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