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Geared for professionals looking for advanced knowledge in information security, this certificate program prepares you to become an expert in determining the costs and benefits of security operations and investments. Develop security policies and procedures that protect organizations from internal and external threats and learn to lead the planning and management efforts of safeguarding information and ensuring continuity of operations.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Enhance physical, personnel, and information security

  • Secure a network and services

  • Create business continuity plans

Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Security Management.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at

Required Courses

The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

Concentration courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

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.

Elective courses - 8 qtr. hrs (Choose 2)

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Security Management programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Popular electives for students pursuing Security Management programs include:

Additional Elective courses available, please Design your custom plan for elective courses

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Careers in Information Security Certificate

Chief Information Security Officer, Information Security Analyst, Information Systems Administrator, Information Technology Specialist, Network Administrator, Network Architect, Network Security Analyst, Security Officer

Assessing data and network vulnerability; conducting network penetration tests; designing information security systems; developing information security standards and best practices; documenting, investigating, and reporting on information security breaches; installing and updating data encryption programs and firewalls; keeping abreast of information security developments and trends; monitoring networks for security breaches; providing end-user technical support and training; recommending security upgrades

As more and more data is collected and stored electronically, the demand for professionals who can help organizations safeguard their digital infrastructure and shield their intellectual property continues to explode. Employment levels for Information Security Analysts are expected to grow by 37% between 2012 and 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts. A 2013 article on indicates that the need for “information security experts in the United States is outstripping the available supply by a widening margin,” and as a result, employers are willing to pay top dollar for well-educated and experienced professionals.

Careers In Security Management

Secure your future.
Security Magazine reports that a growing trend in the security management field includes business continuity and crisis management, as well as going green—from using hybrid cars to creating green systems for IT. Emergency management is seeing an increase in career opportunities, with a 21% job growth projected through 2018. Whether you are pursuing a career in IT security or physical security, the security management field is bustling with opportunity, particularly homeland security. Information security and cybersecurity continues to grow as a priority among businesses and the government, and a graduate degree in the field is becoming the minimum requirement, according to a 2010 Career Trends survey. Research shows a huge shortage of IT security professionals, making this a profession worth pursuing to secure your future.

Find your niche!
Security today is complex and in a burgeoning integrative world, effective professionals are in high demand to forge the way past the potential threats. So what are the emerging security trends? Extensible Threat Management Systems (XTM's), Two Factor Authentication, Encryption, Hosted Security, Internet Filtering, Endpoint Security, Low Footprint Anti-Virus, VoiP Security, Compliance, Convergence of Voice and Data. In the cybersecurity world, web applications account for 55% of threats, according to the IBM X-Force Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report. Beyond the IT realm of security, environmental threats and disasters also need the proper planning and management, for incidents such as hurricanes, oil spills, and fires. For job opportunities dealing with these threats, look to the government, military, financial institutions, educational facilities, or hospitals.

Where are they now?
University College alumni who graduated from the Security Management program have job titles such as Software Engineer, Senior Manager, Correctional Systems Officer, Supervisory Special Agent, and Investigator II at companies and organizations such as the FBI, Office of the Attorney General for Colorado, Lockheed Martin, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Bristol Myers Squibb.

Trends: Extensible Threat Management Systems (XTM's), Two Factor Authentication, Encryption, Hosted Security, Internet Filtering, Endpoint Security, Low Footprint Anti−Virus, VoiP Security, Compliance, Convergence of Voice and Data

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As a student, you'll gain access to a range of free services offered through DU Career Services. From resume and cover letter assistance to individual career counseling and assessments, you'll have valuable career support during and after your program.

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