To provide expertise in hardening computer systems, as well as in establishing information security policies and business continuation planning in organizations.


Admission to the certificate program requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a satisfactory academic record.


18 credits are to be taken from the following courses:

CSCI5525     Introduction to Computer Science
CSCI6731     Computer Networks
CSCI6869     Network Security
CSCI6873     Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems
CSCI7741     Disaster Recovery
CSCI7783     Information Security


Students must satisfy the prerequisites of the courses that they will take.


Special tuition rate is available at 33 1/3% off the regular tuition rate for eligible students.

Academic Credits

Courses with number 6000 or higher completed through this certificate program can be credited toward the M.S. Computer Science program. Other courses may be substituted with prior approval of the Academic Advisor.

Course Descriptions

  • CSCI5525 Introduction to computer hardware and software, interactions and tradeoffs. Essentials of computer organization and arithmetic, data manipulation, operating system, computer networks, and computer theory. Foundation for more advanced courses.

  • CSCI6731 Introduction to the theory and practice of computer networking. Protocol design and analysis. Topics include layered protocol architectures, packet and circuit switching, multiplexing, routing, congestion and flow control, error control, sequencing, addressing, and performance analysis. Examples from current data networks. Prerequisites: CSCI 5505 Introduction to Computer Programming and CSCI 5525 Introduction to Computer Science.

  • CSCI6869 Coverage of potential threats to a stand-alone or networked computer. The course includes strategies to analyze system vulnerabilities and to harden the system against threats. Integrated lab. Prerequisites: CSCI 6731 Computer Networks or CSCI 6732 Local Area Networks

  • CSCI6873 This course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems. Some aspects of VPNs and Routers will also be convered. Topics: Packet filtering, stateful firewalls, proxy firewalls, firewall implementation, access control, port management, standards, policies & log analysis. Intrusion prevention, detection, and countermeasures. IDS types and sensors. Implementation and integration of firewalls and IDS into the corporate security infrastructure. VPN basics, IPsec and router configuration. Secure network design, Wireless Intrusions, computer crime, forensics and legal liability. Various firewalls and IDS commercial products will be introduced. Students will have some "hands on" exposure to commercially available products. Prerequisite: CSCI 6731 and 6638 or permission of instructor.

  • CSCI7741 Students will learn how to prepare and implement a disaster recovery plan, which includes assessing risks, prioritizing system functions, developing procedures and establishing organizational relationships. Students will also test and then evaluate the disaster recovery plan.

  • CSCI7783 This course will study the important area of information security . It will cover both security management and the technical components of security. Topics will include many of these areas: security analysis, logical security design, physical security design, implementation analysis, logical security design, physical security design, implementation of security systems and security maintenance.