Information Systems Security (Certificate)
The Information Systems Security graduate certificate offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. A graduate certificate in Information Systems Security from University College—a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education—combines technology, management, and business skills to prepare graduates for an exciting, high−demand career in IT security.
Certificate students receive applied instruction as they learn to navigate real−world security challenges, such as setting up a secure network, securing servers, and problem solving hypothetical security situations. You will learn to effectively analyze security needs, provide viable solutions, and develop the breadth of knowledge needed for success in the global arena of information assurance. Information Systems Security certificate students will learn to design secure networks, implement access controls, establish secure operations, control physical security, evaluate cryptographic solutions, and specify application requirements for security.
Certificate classes at University College use innovative lab experiences to provide hands&miunus;on expertise with industry−current security tools. Students also garner career−relevant knowledge on related IT subjects to better relate the challenges of the rapidly evolving world of cyber security and cyber threats to other key trends in the ICT industry. To ensure up−to−the−minute knowledge and skills, the curriculum was designed around the Common Body of Knowledge for CISSP certification developed by the International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium (ISC)². In addition, the program was developed in collaboration with the Colorado Springs and Denver chapters of the Information Security Systems Association (ISSA), and the courses have been mapped to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) standards. The University of Denver has been designated by NSA/DHS as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
With the right technical skills, combined with a strategic perspective regarding critical business needs, you'll be prepared to meet current industry demands, and positioned to meet the demands of tomorrow. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Information and Communications Technology.
This certificate prepares students to:
- Develop and implement security policies and procedures
- Design secure applications
- Implement access controls
- Establish secure operations
- Control physical security
- Use encryption
- Secure networks
- Plan for business continuity
- Investigate incidents and handle legal issues
- Determine Return on Security Investment (ROSI)
Information and Communications Technology Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Assess current and emerging technologies in such areas as mobile applications, wireless networks, and cloud computing
- Define an enterprise architecture including hardware, software, databases, and communications networks and protocols
- Evaluate, select, and apply software design and development methodologies that incorporate software development, acquisition, and/or re-use
- Identify the operational and economic impact of system architecture and software applications in areas such as computer processing, data communications, network design, and software maintenance and support
- Apply best project management practices
- Apply good design processes and methods to develop production-quality systems
- Plan and evaluate, select, and apply appropriate systems and software quality assurance methods and tools
- Lead and coach others in the development of systems and software components
- Communicate effectively with technical peers, management, customers, and end-users
- Identify best practices in information assurance
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The Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Systems Security requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)
Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
Further Study - 8 qtr. hrs (Choose 2)
Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.
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Careers in Information Systems Security Certficate
Information System Security Officer (ISSO), Security Officer, Information Technology Specialist, Security Analyst, IT Manager, Information Assurance Officer, Strategist, Security Technology Architect.
Develop and maintain system security plans, management, training, policy interpretation, architecture, security testing, decision-making, policymaking.
The demand for information security specialists continues to expand as both public and private sector employers add positions, compounding the existing shortage of IT security professionals. According to intelligencecareers.com, former federal officials have estimated there are only 1,000 US security specialists with the interdisciplinary skills needed to fill 10,000 to 30,000 cyberspace and IT security positions. The top information systems security jobs in demand include computer forensics, wireless security, identity management, VoIP security, and disaster recovery.
Careers In Information and Communications Technology
YOU are in high demand!
One of the fastest growth rates among all occupations in the US, computer scientist and database administrator job openings are expected to grow 53% in the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the ICT career outlook is incredibly positive, with a 28% employment increase expected within the field. Whether you choose a career at a government agency, large corporation, or small organization, ICT professionals are in high demand—particularly if you have job experience and relevant education in information and communication technology under your belt.
ICT makes the grade.
The best jobs are in IT, according to U.S. News and World Report. From Information Technology Manager to Database Administrator, Software Developer to Web Developer, these jobs crack the top 10 careers on the U.S. News and World Report list of top 100 best jobs, as there is an explosive demand in the IT field. A master's degree is preferred for most positions, according to U.S. News and World Report, which also predicts that a focus on mobile application development will help professionals beat the competition.
Where are they now?
Alumni from University College who graduated with a master's degree in information and communication technology hold job titles such as Systems Administrator, Project Manager, Network Engineer, Managing Consultant, Network Architect, Lead IT Analyst, Data Engineer, and CEO in companies and organizations such as Pratt & Whitney, Ironware Technologies, iBoss Security, PayPal, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Vanguard Communication, CenturyLink, Advanced Program Group, Level 3, Verizon Wireless, IBM, IntelliDyne, Cisco Systems, Chevron, Time Warner, Harland Financial Solutions, and the United States Air Force.
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