Our country and, in fact, the entire world have become increasingly dependent on information technology as a means of staying competitive in business, industry, the arts and commerce of all types.Education, Electronic Commerce, and the Defense Department are all areas that utilize technology on an exponentially expanding level with each passing year.But this dependence on and utilization of technology are accompanied by a growing risk of security issues that must be addressed if we are to thrive and survive in a technology-driven world.
Inadequate security practices have left corporations vulnerable to a number of illegal activities such as computer fraud, telecommunications abuse, and unauthorized disclosure, modification, and destruction of information.National security has been and will continue to be threatened unless corporations and the government on all levels are able to affect and maintain sufficient computer security.
The certificate Program in IT and Network Security is designed to provide individuals with introductory networking, ethical and security skills to effectively address the areas of concern mentioned above.The courses in the certificate program will:
- Provide an overview of networking protocols and how they can be secured;
- Introduce the individual to an array of social and ethical issues that are incumbent upon those in providing security; and
- Provide the individual with an introduction to computer programming, as it will relate to the maintenance of security protocols.
Prerequisite Courses | 6 credits
- CS 500 Introduction to Structured Programming 3 CR
- CS 501 Introduction to Data Structures 3 CR
Required Courses | 9 credits
- CS 621 Principles of Data Communication 3 CR
- CS 622 Network Security I 3 CR
- CS 623 Advanced Network Security 3 CR
Electives | 3 credits
Choose one of the following:
- CS 624 Hands-On Network Security 3 CR
- CS 625 Cryptography 3 CR