Graduate Certificate in Information Security
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- Kenneth Atwater, Keller Alumnus
Information Security Certificate
To help position you at the forefront of a growing need in the global business community, we offer our Information Security Graduate Certificate. You'll learn information security competencies in basic cryptography, intrusion detection and the legal issues surrounding data protection, designed to be the foundation for a successful career in information security. By addressing industry standards and the inherent risks of computer networking, our Information Security Graduate Certificate can heighten your ability to preserve and recover diverse business operations.
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Graduate Certificate AvailabilityLearn on campus, online or a mix of both
At Keller, we've integrated on campus and online learning so you can attend any of our 85+ campus locations, take your graduate classes online or do a combination of both.
Study at Keller on campus, online or a mix of both
We give you the flexibility to attend classes at any of our 85+ campus locations, take all of your graduate courses online or even do a combination of both.
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Explore online learning
At Keller, we offer online graduate classes taught with the same focus on personal attention and academic rigor as classes taught on campus. And because courses are offered online, you can schedule working on your education around working on your career not the other way around.
On campus and online
For those students who need the flexibility of studying online to balance work, school and life, but also want a classroom experience, we offer a mix of both on campus and online learning. Take some courses online and some at a location convenient for you, whichever best fits your schedule.
Tuition, fees and expenses†
Information Security Graduate Certificate1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 18
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 6
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: $1,050
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2012.
1 Availability varies by location.
2 At average estimated per-course expense for textbooks and materials of $175; average estimated per-course expense does not apply to exam-prep courses, the per-credit-hour cost for which includes textbook and materials expense.
Experience the real value of a graduate education
Not only will you be learning skills that could help you rise to the top of your field, you'll also be gaining a valuable credential that may affect your entire career. A graduate education could change your earning potential, ability to be promoted and more.
There are many scholarships and other financial aid options available for qualifying students that may help make your graduate education more affordable. Click one of the links below for more info.
Information Security Graduate Certificate Requirements
Total length of the information security program varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could earn your Information Security Certificate in as few as 12 months.
Total credit hours: 18
Information Security Graduate Certificate Coursework
Our Information Security Certificate program coursework is designed so that you can earn the credentials and core competencies you need to move forward in your career. You can earn a standalone graduate certificate or you can transfer the qualifying credit hours toward earning a master's degree.
Click on a course name below for its full description.
Required certificate courses (18 credit hours)
- Principles of Information Security and Privacy (SEC571) - 3 credit hours
- This course provides a broad overview of security in information systems. Covered are various aspects of security in computing, including security threats and controls; basic cryptography and its applications; network intrusion detection and prevention; security administration and planning; anonymity and privacy; legal issues; protection; and ethics. Coursework also examines controls in information systems, and addresses security issues surrounding information systems and computer-generated data. No prerequisite
- Network Security (SEC572) - 3 credit hours
- This course addresses concepts and industry standards of computer networking, including the OSI Reference Model, TCP/IP and network routing concepts, and inherent risks in their use. Also addressed are digital cryptography principles and practices; major electronic email security standards; and methods by which networks may be attacked. Students use a networking software tool to build a secure network, as well as prepare to assist in incident response and management activities in the event of a network breach. Prerequisite: MIS589, or a technical undergraduate degree and/or associated professional experience with preparation equivalent to or beyond MIS589
- Practices for Administration of Physical and Operations Security (SEC578) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines security management, management tools, and physical and operations security in an organization's environment. Security management addresses identifying information assets and developing, documenting and implementing policies, standards, procedures and guidelines for asset protection. Management tools such as data classification and risk assessment/analysis are used to identify system vulnerabilities and implement controls. Physical and operations security addresses control mechanisms and protection techniques for facility, resource and overall system operation. Prerequisites: SEC571, or a technical undergraduate degree and/or associated professional experience with preparation equivalent to or beyond SEC571
- Security in Systems Architecture and Applications (SEC579) - 3 credit hours
- This course addresses concepts, principles, structures and standards used to design, monitor and secure operating systems, equipment, networks, databases, applications and controls that enforce various levels of availability, integrity and confidentiality. Coursework also focuses on security concepts that apply to application software development, addressing the software design and development environment and explaining software's critical role in providing information system security. Prerequisites: SEC571, or a technical undergraduate degree and/or associated professional experience with preparation equivalent to or beyond SEC571
- Disaster Recovery/Forensics and Security (SEC591) - 3 credit hours
- This course focuses on preserving and recovering business operations in the event of outages, disasters or work force interruptions. Measures and technologies used for forensics, as well as computer crime and security investigation, are addressed. Prerequisites: MIS589 and SEC571, or a technical undergraduate degree and/or associated professional experience with preparation equivalent to or beyond MIS589 and SEC571
- IT Governance (SEC592) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces principles of information technology governance, focusing on IT control objectives (COBIT) and related internal controls. Coursework explores best practices for managing IT processes; meeting multiple needs of enterprise management by bridging gaps between business risks; technical issues; control needs; and performance measurement requirements. Students explore IT industry standards, and develop governance skills relating to creating and maintaining corporate information systems policy. Prerequisite: SEC571
GET QUICK ANSWERS TO TOP QUESTIONS
What's the average total number of credit hours required for a program?
The total number of credit hours that you'll be required to take varies by program, and our courses average three-semester-credit hours. Our MBA program requires 16 courses, our Specialized Master's Degree Programs require 13 - 15 courses and our Graduate Certificates require 7 - 9 courses.
Do certain programs require more credit hours than others?
Yes, credit hour requirements do vary among degree programs because the course requirements vary among degree programs. Visit the graduate degree program page and click on the degree program that you're interested in to see specific coursework requirements.
What's the difference between a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Specialized Master's Degree and a Graduate Certificate?
These offerings are all graduate-level areas of study, but the main differences are the coursework and required number of credits that you'll need to take. Depending on your career interests and goals, one area of study may be best for you. To find out more about our offerings, contact a member of our team.