Information Security and Assurance Certificate (Career)

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Program Manager: James Hatch
Phone: 301.624.2769

Program Description

Designed for students seeking to build skills in specialty areas (e.g., information security), upgrade current skills, or broaden their general knowledge base in information technology. All CIS courses completed in these certificates apply directly to an A.A.S. degree in information technology. The Information Security and Assurance Certificate is specifically designed to meet the need for workers in this rapidly growing area of information technology.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Follow a structured model in Security Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
  • Detect attack methodology, intrusion, and suspicious attempts to gain unauthorized access to systems and/or resources.
  • Utilize digital and/or physical measures to protect data, hardware, and resources.
  • Design and implement risk analyses, security policies, and damage assessments.
  • Plan, evaluate, and implement operating system security-hardening procedures across multiple environments.
  • Describe a variety of policies and procedures available to identify, protect from, detect, respond to, and recover from a given information security incident.

Program Requirements

Departmental Requirements
CMIS 106Object Design and Programming3
CMIS 120PC Operating Systems3
CMIS 121PC Repair & Diagnostics3
CMIS 280Networking Fundamentals3
or CMIS 290 Cisco 1 Introduction to Networks
Select three of the following courses:9
Cybersecurity Fundamentals
Cybercrime and Digital Forensics
Information Security
Ethical Hacking
Security Fundamentals
Cloud Security
Total Credits21

Transfer Note

For more information on careers and transfer, contact the Career and Academic Planning Services office at 301.846.2471 or visit Transfer Services.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)

Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion.

Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 for advising.

Plan of Study Grid
Recommended First SemesterCredits
CMIS 106 Object Design and Programming 3
CMIS 120 PC Operating Systems 3
CMIS 121 PC Repair & Diagnostics 3
Choose a CMIS elective 3
Recommended Second Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Information Security  
Cisco 1 Introduction to Networks  
Choose a CMIS elective 3
Choose a CMIS elective 3
 Total Credits21

CMIS Electives

Select three of the following courses:
CMIS 179Cybersecurity Fundamentals (recommended)3
CMIS 217Cybercrime and Digital Forensics3
CMIS 218Information Security3
CMIS 219Ethical Hacking3
CMIS 281Security Fundamentals3
CMIS 295Cloud Security3

Part-time Students

Part-time students should complete courses in the order listed on the pathway. Please contact program manager for questions about part-time status.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer term and January session classes may help students to make faster progress.

Pathway Legend

Milestone - courses with the Milestone notation should be taken within the recommend credit range to stay on track for program completion.

Fall, Spring, Summer - courses with a Fall, Spring, or Summer notation indicate the course is offered in the specified semester only.