Cybersecurity Essentials Certificate â€“ Online Program Director: Bharat Rawalkshatriya D.Sc, MBA
INTRODUCTION The Cybersecurity Essentials certificate provides the foundation for working professionals holding a nontechnical undergraduate or graduate degree and looking to improve their knowledge in cybersecurity, increase their job prospects, or take the first step towards a graduate degree in the cybersecurity field. Individuals in the cyber field need to be equipped with cybersecurity concepts and knowledge to protect and defend apps, data, networks, devices, critical systems, infrastructure, and people. The goal of the certificate is to build cyber competencies in the current workforce by providing the foundational knowledge needed to obtain industry professional certification such as CompTIA Networking +, CompTIA Security +, Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC). The curriculum is based on the Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) Designation Requirements. The Cybersecurity Essentials is a 12-credit certificate program that can be completed in one year. Courses will be offered in 7-week format. The certificate is delivered online. The length of the program will be two semesters by taking two courses per semester.
CERTIFICATE OUTCOMES After the certificate, the participants will be able to: 1. A pply cybersecurity principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats and communicate effectively in a variety of cybersecurity professional contexts. 2. Demonstrate appropriate skills in operating and managing networks, using appropriate cybersecurity analysis tools to identify network vulnerabilities. 3. Display competence in the common standards related to information assurance to recognize professional responsibilities and make informed decisions in cybersecurity practice.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 1. Completion of an undergraduate degree with a 2.5 QGPA or better 2. Completed application 3. Transcripts for college course work 4. TOEFL/other scores if English is not the first language
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS GCYSEC 501 Networking Fundamental 3 credits Pre-requisite: None The intent of the Networking Fundamental is to provide students with a basic understanding of how networks are built and operate and to give students some experience with basic network analysis tools. Students are exposed to the concepts of potential vulnerabilities in a network. This course prepares students for CompTIA Network+ certification. Topics include networking models and media, architectures, topologies, devices, protocols, use of tools, processes, threads, memory, file systems, virtualization, access control, domain separation, process isolation, resource encapsulation, and least privilege. GCYSEC 502 Cybersecurity Foundation 3 credits Pre-requisite: GCYSEC 501 The intent of the Cybersecurity Foundation is to provide students with a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts behind cybersecurity. This is a high-level introduction or familiarization of the Topics, not a deep dive into specifics. This course prepares students for CompTIA Security + certification. Topics include Malware, vulnerability scanning, and penetration testing; Network components, frameworks, and secure network architectures; Identity and access management control; Policies, plans, and procedures; and cryptographic concepts. GCYSEC 503 Security Leadership 3 credits Pre-requisite: GCYSEC 501 The intent of the security leadership is to provide students with the appropriate level of knowledge and skill necessary to supervise information security staff. This course material covers the leadership part of the global information assurance certification (GIAC). Topics include cryptographic applications; incident response and business continuity; and managing security operations center, application security, negotiations and vendors, projects, and security architecture. GCYSEC 504 Cybersecurity Management 3 credits Pre-requisite: GCYSEC 501 The intent of the cybersecurity management is to provide students with the appropriate level of knowledge and skill necessary to supervise information security staff. This course material covers the management part of the global information assurance certification (GIAC). Topics include managing security awareness & policy, system security and program structure; network monitoring, security and privacy; network concepts; risk management and security frameworks; and vulnerability management.